• Covid-19 has strained London tech firms but they have central role in recovery

    The Covid-19 pandemic has put huge strains on London’s tech community with uncertainty over their very survival, but they are preparing for a central role in the ongoing fight against the virus and the disruption it has caused.

    According to a survey of its members by tech network Tech London Advocates (TLA), 50% are prioritising survival for the next three months as they recognise the threat to their viability caused by Covid-19.

    When lockdowns were announced across the world, the economy slowed dramatically, with sectors such as retail, hospitality and travel hit the hardest. To heighten the challenge for startups,

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  • HotelBeds uses API management platform to reduce cost

    Bed bank operator HotelBeds is using an open source application programming interface (API) manager to deal with increasing traffic while also reducing costs.

    As a distributor of accommodation inventories and ancillary travel-related products, HotelBeds works with more than 60,000 travel buyers in 140 markets globally, serving a client base of more than 180,000 hotels.

    The incumbent API management supplier charged per request as part of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) cost model, an issue compounded by the doubling of API traffic following HotelBeds’s acquisition of bed bank firms Tourico Holidays and GTA in 2017.

    The company, having to deal with 14

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