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API Management

The area of API management service providers is something I've been tracking on since I started API Evangelist. I did a round-up of API service providers in 2011, and again covered the expanding world of API service providers in 2012.

As the definition of what I consider API service provider expands, I try to break off into their own projects as I've done with API Aggregation, API Reciprocity, Backend as a Service (BaaS) and Real-Time.

For now "API Management", is the catch all project category for any API related online service that I haven't broken off, and will remain the home for the classic definition of what is API service provider like 3Scale and APIphany.

Moving forward I want to make API service providers accessible in more meaningful areas that speak to what your objectives around APIs are:

I used to showcase "service providers" and "tools", but now I will bundle services and tools into these different areas. Then using my Hacker Storytelling format I will be publishing news, analysis, data as JSON and different snippets of code that let you view and interact with these API project areas.

Using this project you can browse all API management providers, with the list of providers listed by their API Stack Ranking, which is based upon internal signals from the companies themselves, external signals from developers and the tech blogosophere, as well as analyst signals based upon my curation, notes and insight.

My goal is to make all of my research as accessible as possible, allowing anyone to learn about APIs and put my research to work changing the companies where they work, and the industries they operate within.

An API Case Study Format From Google Cloud Platform

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I was browsing through Google’s Cloud Platform, in the 15 minute lead up to a preliminary discussion with Google about being an evangelist for the platform (another story), and I saw a useful pattern from the "customers" section for publishing API customer case studies--something I wanted to share with you. This pattern was evident in the Travel Agency Masters Big Data with Google BigQuery case study. I think the format for the case study provides a simple format that other API providers might consider following: A catchy summary title  Challenge the company faced  Solution to the problem  A quote more.

New Receipt Options in the Twilio Account Portal

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In the past few months we’ve added several features to the Twilio account portal to make life easier for developers.Whether you’re on the other side of the Atlantic, or the other side of the world, we want to make sure you have a great experience using Twilio.Today, we’re happy to announce Customizable Receipts that allow you to simplify accounting and tax-filing tasks.The billing section of the Twilio Account Portal is a resource for pay-as-you-go customers to examine usage, manage billing details, and print receipts for individual payments.With customized receipts, you can add personal information necessary for in-country tax deductions more.