Growth of Serverless API Products Will Drive Innovation and Agility
A new type of product that offers “API Serverless Architecture” is helping developers and enterprise build applications completely in the cloud and will be one of the big trends to watch over the next two years, according to a new research report released today.
Market scan: API Serverless Architecture from the API-analyst startup Platformable and API global conference series APIdays, looks at the growth of new products that help enterprise, startups and governments to innovate quickly, to build prototypes for new applications and workflows, and to utilize large data sources like Internet of Things sensor data directly from the cloud, in real time. The independent research is sponsored by apiPaas vendor Restlet, and is written by Mark Boyd, noted API industry analyst and writer. A webinar during which Mark Boyd will discuss the findings will be hosted by Restlet on Tuesday, April 5 at 11 am US Pacific Time. “2016 will be the year we really begin to see the rise of serverless architecture strategies,” says report author, Mark Boyd.
“This Market Scan Report will help any startup or enterprise understand the potential that API Serverless Architecture products are already delivering to existing customers.”
Boyd says that the report identifies 11 products that allow users to design, create, publish and manage APIs completely in the cloud, without having to manage backend infrastructure and data servers. These “API serverless architecture” products are letting business quickly put an API in front of their databases and assets and speed up the creation of digital products for mobile apps and wearable tech, and that create new service workflows for smart manufacturing and smart cities.
“Businesses across all types of industries are looking to take up a platform approach where they can co-create new digital products and services with their partners, communities and customers,” says Boyd.
“API Serverless Architecture is giving enterprise, government, and startups an agility advantage.”
Boyd points to a number of customer segments and some of the many use cases where the products are being quickly taken up:
- Systems integrators are meeting farmers at their homes and connecting agriculture sensors, business data and third party information sources to build realtime dashboards right in front of their customers
- Insurance company innovation labs are partnering with wearables to build applications that bring together environmental sensors, patient health care devices and data like weather to improve patient care and reduce health costs
- Startups are competing against larger firms and testing new customer interests in the real market without over-investing in infrastructure setup.
“It is also encouraging to see how these products are supporting governments and not-for-profits to make use of new technologies to improve opportunities for equality and sustainability, “ says Boyd. “Thanks to the innovative uptake of these products, we are seeing API Serverless Architecture help remote emergency workers connect with their peers, improve patient care for people with chronic illness, and better manage scarce water resources,” says Boyd.
The Market Scan: API Serverless Architecture is released today by Platformable and APIdays and includes an overview of the market, current and emerging use cases and customers, key sector challenges, and ways for existing businesses to enter the emerging ecosystem.
Interested participants can attend a webinar on Tuesday, April 5, 11 am US Pacific Time to discuss the report. Register at restlet.com