‘datownia’, the cloud-based API-creation and management platform is today announcing that it is coming out of private beta following successful work with Lambeth Council, Leith’s Cookery School, UCL and independent record label and distributor PIAS. datownia is now opening up its API creation technology, designed to help simplify the sharing of data with developers, to all businesses and in particular SME’s.
datownia, funded by Release Consulting Ltd and a TSB SMART grant, creates webservice APIs from Excel documents stored in Dropbox. The APIs are made available via a Developer Portal that is also created by datownia for the customer company. Subsequent data changes to the Excel file in Dropbox are synchronised with datownia instantly and made available immediately via the API.
datownia also integrates into LinkedIn to help customers find developers in their network who may be interested their API. It provides a custom LinkedIn search feature and a function to share API news and information directly to their LinkedIn network.
APIs have now become an important component of any online or mobile strategy, not just a development tool. The datownia platform provides companies with everything they need to share data with developers using the machine-readable functions and security features of an API. datownia creates APIs easily, quickly and inexpensively without the need for any technical set-up. It helps businesses share data from a cloud based storage system with total control and maximum security.
William Lovegrove, CEO and founder of datownia explains: “We originally built datownia to help our clients simultaneously update content in multi-platform apps easily: a real world problem for many companies today. But because of our background in Enterprise IT we also knew that datownia could be a more general solution for any company looking to make a data API quickly.”
Lovegrove continues: “datownia is making flexible and powerful API-technology accessible to small and medium-sized businesses, giving them an enabling technology that previously required money, time and technology consultants to create. We have deliberately used Excel and Dropbox in our solution design because those products are already in our customers workplace. That helps to make datownia’s API creation technology understandable and easy to operate”.
datownia currently offers a free trial for 3 months, with a subsequent monthly subscription fee to continue using the service. Pricing is tiered, based on the data storage and transfer needs of its users, typically individuals, SME’s and heavy API users.