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Apigee Files For IPO Because… APIs Are Powering Disruption
“…Application integration and the API, a little piece of technology that has huge impacts, play a big part in that. It is for this reason that API and integration vendor Apigee, something of a high-flyer in the space, has filed for an initial public offering. The company, which is headquartered in San Jose, is in an interesting commercial space. Some of its biggest competitors have been acquired. At the same time, it increasingly faces competition from companies moving into the space and platform players realizing the importance of APIs. Apigee sensed this market shift, and the timing of its IPO makes perfect sense. It also helps that the company is on a bit of a tear in terms of growth… The success of Apigee’s IPO will be a very real indication of investors’ understanding of the impact and import of the fundamental software-driven changes coming to commerce.” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes

If you can explain what ‘an API management platform’ is, you too can be worth $700m
Cloud software company Apigee has filed IPO documents and plans to raise $86m on a total valuation of $700m. … The upstart is largely VC-funded, with Norwest Venture Partners owning a 26.2 per cent stake and Bay Partners holding 18.6 per cent. Last year it was named the fifth-fastest growing company in North America in its field. The filing to the SEC does not list the number of shares to be sold or their launch price, but it does introduce an initial target of $86.3m in funds. The IPO is being underwritten by Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan and Credit Suisse and will use the ticker ‘APIC’. Last year, Apigee’s revenues went up 22 per cent to $52.7m but its losses increased to $60.8m from $25.9m the year before. …” Via Kieran McCarthy, The Register

APIs aren’t apps: Make them as thin and light as possible
“…Web APIs generally fall into three categories: read-only, write-only, and read-write. A read-only API might be an information service that receives structured requests from an app or client and delivers data back in JSON, XML, or HTML. A write-only API receives data from a client and returns a result code, nothing more. A read-write API does both: It might respond to queries with data, but can also ingest report data from a client. All of these are very different scenarios and all should be weighed on their own merits during design… The fact of the matter is that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and not everything is a nail. If scalability and performance are key for a Web API, think as thin as possible, and leave the heavy frameworks behind.” Via Paul Venezia, InfoWorld


Same Challenges For CIOs, Different Regions of the World
Over the past couple of weeks I have spent a lot of time with CIOs both in the US and Europe, learning more about their mission-critical initiatives and some of the challenges they face. Interestingly, the same three themes bubbled up from conversations with CIOs in both regions. … Internal and external forces are placing huge amounts of pressure on the doorstep of the CIO. Now, more than ever, CIOs need a talented leadership team to help take the strain and address these competing demands across the organization. All of the CIOs I spoke to said this is one of their biggest challenges; that hiring the right talent is key to being successful. In their experience, finding the right combination of skills and knowledge required in each of these areas is getting harder, not easier, to find. Via Peter Sondergaard, Gartner

A CIO’s best allies in the fight against ‘shadow IT’ are the shadow IT vendors
The term “Shadow IT” can conjure up visions of overwhelmed CIOs frantically trying to keep information repositories secure from online attacks, while their own employees compromise security by brazenly using personal devices and consumer cloud services without IT’s permission or even IT’s knowledge. The term can also portray IT vendors as complicit actors who enable the employees to circumvent policy, uncaring toward the CIO’s plight. But actually, the opposite appears to be true. … “Shadow IT” is now a well-established phenomenon, the offspring of the broader “consumerization of IT” trend. What may still surprise even the savviest CIO is just how many employees are self-selecting applications, particularly those that are cloud-based, and how extensive the selection has become. …” Via Steve Riley, VentureBeat

Digital Business Paradox: All Technology, But Ultimately Not About Technology
These days, everyone — entrepreneurs and members of large enterprises — sees the advantages of becoming innovative, disruptive digital enterprises.  There’s an acknowledgement that every business is becoming a technology business. But technology is only one part of the success of a digital business — rather, the path to digital is a mix of astute, forward-looking management, a spirit of innovation, skills, with technology playing a supporting role. That’s the message coming out of a panel of industry leaders held at the latest CeBIT conference…” Via Joe McKendrick. Forbes


Docker At 2: From Shaky Start To Open-Source Star
Docker turned two years old Wednesday, and what an impact it has had at such a young age. Few enterprise software companies, whether open source or commercial, enjoy a trajectory that puts their product in the hands of millions of users in such a short time span. Docker sounds like an overnight success — except for the part about how, in its first iteration, the code failed to get anyone to pay attention, and the company’s first business model flopped. … Hykes recently agreed to slow releases of Docker from once a month to once every two months because Linux distributors were complaining of too many updates to their code base. But Docker development is likely to continue at a rapid pace.” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek

Scenes from the Docker revolution
“…Containers use a fraction of the resources VMs use. As Ward notes, a big part of the appeal of Docker to developers is that they can easily run multiple containers on a laptop as they code and test, which is not exactly practical with VMs. Also, application deployment is vastly easier with containers — and applications boot instantly, as opposed to the minute or so it takes a VM to boot. Given all these advantages, you might wonder how long it will be before containers start supplanting VMs in production. The answer is that — outside of giant service providers such as Google — it’s going to be a while…” Via Eric Knorr, InfoWorld

One of tech’s most important investors says ‘you’ll see some dead unicorns this year’ among startups worth $1 billion
Investor Bill Gurley has warned that Silicon Valley’s golden age could soon be over — and that some of today’s biggest startups could go down with it… Gurley is a prominent investor known for investments in Uber and Snapchat.  But Gurley is also known for his pessimistic outlook on the tech industry. He warned during a talk at SXSW that “a complete absence of fear” in Silicon Valley had led venture-capital firms to take big risks on tech companies. Gurley went on to say that Silicon Valley’s optimism could lead to the death of so-called “unicorn” companies — startups that reach a $1 billion valuation before their IPO. Those companies could face a turn in the market in the near future. …” Via James Cook, Business Insider


OpenStack doesn’t scale. Allegedly.
OpenStack doesn’t scale. Allegedly. Shock news, from a company that wants paid to help you handle complex OpenStack deployments. Scaling is hard. Scaling anything is harder than running it on a server or two. This is not surprising. Most OpenStack deployments tend to be relatively small. This isn’t surprising either. Most comparable public/hybrid cloud deployments tend to be relatively small, too. …” Via Paul Miller, Cloud Ave

Everything is insecure and will be forever says Cisco CTO
While in Melbourne enduring the antipodean version of Cisco Live!, The Register’s networking desk met veep and CTO Bret Hartman. Here’s what he told us about network security, a field he feels is basically doomed. Forever. …” Via Richard Chirgwin, The Register


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