Rahul Basole’s recent article about enterprise strategy via visual analytics appeared in CACM
Revealing the API Ecosystem and Enterprise Strategy via Visual Analytics
Valuable insights can be gained by applying visual analytic techniques to understand complex, emerging ecosystem dynamics and evolving enterprise strategies. One such context is the application programming interface (API) ecosystem. APIs have grown dramatically in the past five years. These bits of code act as digital control points that set the terms for which data and services can be efficiently shared or “called” over the Internet.There are now over 12,000 open APIs available across a wide range of market sectors, a thirtyfold increase since 2006. While the ability to connect to digital resources using APIs has been a feature of computing for decades, the prominence of digital platforms, the rise of mobile computing, lower cost of data storage, and just the sheer usefulness of automating how digitally encoded information can be made available and exchanged has helped to spur faster growth. Some of the most popular APIs handle a staggering number of calls. For example, Twitter, Google, Facebook, Netflix, AccuWeather, eBay, and Sabre all handle over a billion API calls per day.