By Bob Gourley
In-Q-Tel just posted a press release on a recent strategic partnership and technology development agreement with a firm called Apigee. That statement alone is all the savvy technologist needs to know to start diving into Apigee. In-Q-Tel has a reputation for applying lots of focused thought into the firms they invest in and because of that have a terrific track record of finding very virtuous firms, so anyone they like I like.
Here is more from their press release:
Apigee Partners with IQT to Enhance its API Technology in Support of U.S. Intelligence Community
IQT selects Apigee’s enterprise-grade platform to help improve data sharing and innovation
April 25, 2013
Apigee, the API company, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). IQT is an independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). The investment will enable further development of Apigee’s enterprise-grade API Platform, and help IC customers improve capabilities for sharing data and services through apps.
“There is growing emphasis on making data and services more developer-friendly through the use of APIs, and we are thrilled to work with IQT to help extend this capability in the U.S. Intelligence Community,” said Chet Kapoor, Apigee CEO. “The comprehensive Apigee platform and our deep industry expertise can support agencies as they securely foster new innovation and improve efficiencies through APIs.”
Apigee’s flagship offering is the Apigee Enterprise API platform, a cloud-based service that helps businesses deliver, manage and measure APIs and the applications built on them. Apigee can reduce the complexity of delivering APIs and building apps, drive developer adoption, provide comprehensive analysis and control of API usage, and help organizations easily scale as channels grow.
“The Apigee platform can support organizations at varying stages of their API initiatives, from building effective APIs to creating meaningful business intelligence from their app ecosystems,” said Robert Ames, Senior Vice President in charge of IQT’s Information and Communication Technologies Practice. “We believe that our government customers will be able to benefit from this comprehensive set of capabilities.”
Apigee is the leading provider of API technology and services for enterprises and developers. Hundreds of companies including Walgreens, Bechtel, eBay, Pearson, and Gilt Groupe as well as tens of thousands of developers use Apigee to simplify the delivery, management and analysis of APIs and apps. Apigee’s global headquarters are in Palo Alto, California, and it has offices in Bangalore, London, Austin and Detroit. To learn more, go to www.apigee.com.
And a bit more from the Apigee website
What is the Apigee API Platform?
The Apigee API platform provides services to help you create, grow and maintain your API program. Whether you are just starting to plan your enterprise API or scaling to support millions of customers, Apigee adds critical capabilities you need, including:
- A flexible policy model to transform your existing APIs to create business agility
- End-to-end operational and business analytics for the API team, developers, and operations
- A developer portal to attract and empower developers
The Apigee API platform includes Gateway services, Developer channel services, and Analytics services. Together they provide a solid enterprise foundation so that operators can plug the API into existing systems and take advantage of valuable databases, security frameworks, management infrastructure, and operational tools.
Apigee’s Gateway services let you set up and manage your API programs. Apigee’s interface provides tools for adding and configuring your APIs, setting up bundles of resources and managing developers and apps. It offloads many common management concerns from your backend API. When you add an API, you can apply policies for security, rate-limiting, mediation, caching, and so on. You can also customize the behavior of your API by applying custom scripts, making call outs to third-party APIs, and so on. Using the Apigee analytics features, you can get detailed metrics about how your API is used.
While the management UI lets you perform most API management tasks, you can also control your policies and APIs by sending commands directly to the gateway using your favorite command-line interface or REST console. See You do not have access to view this node to get started.
App Services is a backend as a service solution that enables developers to get their apps up and running quickly. Set up your own cloud-based data platform in minutes instead of months. App Services manages objects and aids in the development of mobile client applications. It provides a core set of commonly used social media application objects, including a rich user model, as well as the ability to create new objects and object collections. See What is App Services? for more information.
Developer channel services
Apigee’s Developer channel services provide templates for content and community management. Our developer portal template lets API providers quickly launch a developer portal. It is based on the open source Drupal (http://www.drupal.org) project. The default setup allows creating and managing API documentation, forums, and a blog. A built-in test console allows API call tracing in real time from within the portal. Apart from content management, the portal has various features for community management such as manual or automatic user registration and moderating user comments. A Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) model controls access to portal features. For example, you can enable controls to allow registered users to create forum posts or use test consoles. See What is a developer portal? for more.