I wanted to start this blog post with a thank you. At our recent developer conference we were joined by over 90 representatives from the software industry who came along to hear about HMRC's API Strategy and talk to us about what it will mean for them. It's hugely important to us; the keynote speaker was the Minister who told delegates 'This is a chance to help deliver the tax services of tomorrow, and transform the way millions of people interact with HMRC”. I'm really grateful for your participation in the event, and your feedback. 94% of you strongly agreed or agreed that, after the event, you have a good understanding of our strategy. When asked what went well, one delegate commented: “Gaining a better understanding of all aspects of your future plans - the openness is refreshing”.
I'm delighted that you agreed that the event was a success and on 25 September I chaired a teleconference with over 40 developers to continue the conversation. We discussed a whole host of interesting topics, debates focussed around the API strategy. It was great to have over 40 questions and 1100 votes put to me and the team, and it felt like a huge step change where we were bringing the community together to talk about what was important to them, and most importantly what they wanted us to focus on. We'll be sharing the answers to the questions we covered on the call, and all those we didn’t get to, by email with developers shortly.
We've also agreed to host a second call on 12 October 2015 to discuss cross cutting APIs that HMRC has developed for the Business and Personal Tax accounts, including iForms Platform, authentication services, bulk submissions, payments, changes of circumstances reporting and channel preferences. You told us that this was of most interest to you. If you would like to join the next call, or see more of the detail we covered on 25 September, please email the Software Developers Support Team using the address below and we will send details. After 12 October we will publish the sequence that we plan to release APIs, according to developer priorities.
Please get involved – leave us a post and share your thinking with the community – or, you can email our support team at SDSTeam@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.