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Changes to IBISWorld’s API

How changes to IBISWorld’s platform will affect its API.

Updated over a week ago

As part of our Modern Industry Research Experience released in Q3 2023, we redesigned industry reports with a fresh writing style, enhanced structure and scannable insights. This article explains implications of this change on clients who access our API.

What action do I need to take?

No immediate action is needed as the API (Version 2) will automatically update, and existing endpoints will call updated data and analysis. We will be adding additional API end points for new content before the end December 2023 (listed below).

How the platform redesign will affect the current API (Version 2)

  • Certain retired content will be substituted with similar new content.

  • Version 2 endpoints will send updated data and analysis in the new writing style.

  • Most images, charts and maps won’t change.

  • Some sections will no longer be supported. Download the full list of endpoints that will no longer be supported.

  • New sections will be added as new end points (by the end of December 2023)

    • Key Takeaways (these are already available through the Key Trends API endpoint, but will be added as a dedicated endpoint)

    • Product Innovation Analysis

    • Product Innovation Level

    • Buyer Power Analysis

    • Supplier Power Analysis

    • Substitutes Analysis

    • Industry Structure (from At a Glance chapter)

When will a new version of the API be available?

We are planning to release a new version of the API (Version 3) in the first half of 2024. Note: this timeline has shifted from our original plan to release in Q4 of 2023 due to the expanded scope of the enhancements. We will continue to support Version 2 for the foreseeable future - if we decide to deprecate it, we will provide you with at least 12 months to transition to Version 3.

Your IBISWorld Client Relationship Manager will reach out when an official release date is available.

What to expect from API Version 3

With our updated API, you’ll get more customizable, flexible and impactful industry information.

With the transition to Version 3, you can expect:

  • More granular data and analysis: instead of calling the entire section with several paragraphs of analysis, you can call just the headlines and data callouts if you prefer.

  • Quicker insights: we’ll create new endpoints for the updated writing style, which allows you to read and digest our industry insights faster.

  • New features and functionality, such as the ability to see lists or rankings of reports, or to filter by certain criteria.

  • The same API format: Version 3 will use the same format as Version 2, so your developers can still review, test and update endpoints in the same way. Our developer website will still be the primary source for all our API documentation.

We are sharing this exciting news with you before the launch of Version 3 to make sure you have the time you need to transition smoothly. We’ll keep you updated as we approach the release of Version 3 and share all relevant documentation needed to make this transition.

For additional questions regarding these changes, please contact your Client Relationship Manager. If you don’t have an IBISWorld account, please contact us to learn more about our membership options.

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