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API News Roundup – January 2021


As we bid farewell to 2020, we welcome the first API news roundup of 2021. Celebrate the new year with us as we look at the top API stories for January 2021.

Next-Gen Integration: Thriving in the API Economy

Integration, historically viewed as a necessary headache, has undergone a transformation in recent years. In creating access points for application features and data, next-generation integration focuses on turning data into critical business assets to be monetized. Integration is now an engine for growth.

By using application programming interfaces (APIs) to drive innovation from the inside out, CIOs are turning it into a competitive advantage.

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13 Tech Industry Leaders Share Tips For Modernizing Legacy Tech

In the early days of business computing, many system administrators cobbled together custom software and hardware systems to meet their companies’ unique needs. Today, many businesses operate with an outdated tech system with many moving parts — in some cases, no one on the current IT team fully knows all its ins-and-outs.

To remain agile and realize the full potential of digitization, businesses must update or even dismantle these legacy systems — but it’s no easy task. Below 13 industry leaders from Forbes Technology Council share useful strategies on how businesses can begin.

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API Adoption Can Accelerate Interoperability, Patient Data Exchange

Application programming interface (API) adoption in healthcare will give clinicians and patients access to patient data and allow third-party applications to access patient information and boost patient care, according to Ben Moscovitch, project director of Health Information Technology at Pew Charitable Trusts.

Although EHR adoption is becoming more widespread throughout the healthcare industry, interoperability and patient data sharing still pose challenges to providers.

Microsoft announced the public release of DirectML as a standalone API

Microsoft has announced the public release of DirectML as a standalone API for Win32, UWP, and WSL applications.

DirectML is available in every one of the billion Windows 10 devices worldwide, and over a hundred applications already take advantage of DirectML— with over two hundred million GPU- hardware accelerated inferences performed daily on Windows.

The applications range from photo editing applications enabling new user experiences through AI to tools that help you train machine learning models for your applications with little effort, by leveraging the computing power of any DirectX 12 GPU.

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Why cybersecurity needs an API-first mentality

While the software is eating the world, it’s also selling data along the way, stifling progress and innovation in the enterprise. Cybersecurity is woefully behind other industries in embracing an API-first mentality, and it’s finally reached a breaking point.

In the last year, research compiled in the Cloud Security Alliance’s on Cloud-based Intelligent Ecosystems and the Ponemon Cyber Resilience Study states:

  • Enterprises deploy, on average, 47 different cybersecurity solutions and technologies.
  • 69% report their security team currently spends more time managing security tools than effectively defending against threats
  • 53% say their security team has reached a tipping point where the excessive number of security tools in place adversely impacts security posture.

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The New Instagram Content Publishing API Makes Scheduling Posts A Reality


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Twitter announces new open source Text Editor API for iOS developers

Twitter announced a new “standalone, flexible” open-source API for iOS developers that provides a text editor for apps, which is the same used as the basis for tweet and Fleet composer on the Twitter app for iOS.

The announcement was made today through the official Twitter blog. The company says it knows how complicated it can be to implement a simple text editor in iOS apps during the development process, so that’s why Twitter is now making its own Text Editor API available to everyone.

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With a clearly defined personalization strategy, retailers can leverage data — specifically real-time data — to create customer-specific experiences throughout their marketing channels and website. One way retailers are maximizing their data is through APIs with complex third-party AI platforms.

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Thank you for reading our API News roundup — January 2021. We’ll see you next month with more API headlines.

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