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Laura Heritage

Brexit: The Future of PSD2, Open Banking APIs, FinTech and Banks

What a crazy ride the past couple of weeks have been and I don’t see it ending soon.   What am I talking about?  Brexit of course.  Brexit was the United Kingdom’s EU referendum on whether they should leave the European Union.   On June 23, Brexit went up for vote and the majority of Brits voted… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

The Mesh of Connectedness and Disruptive Technology Trends in Banking

Tom has a refrigerator. (Are you excited yet?) But wait. It’s not like just any old fridge. Tom’s refrigerator comes equipped with an internal camera that enables him to order and pay for any items he needs right from a built-in LCD screen in its door.  If Tom is at the store and can’t remember… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

Where will APIs be in the Next 5 to 10 years?

Last Friday a colleague of mine from many moons ago messaged me on LinkedIn and asked me where I foresee API’s in the next 5 to 10 years.  The question really got me pondering.  Back in 2011 when the API movement first started I put together a business case to get my IBM executives to… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

How Well Do You Know API Security

Test your knowledge on API Security. Determine if you are an API Security Genius, Pro, or Student and share your results with the API community.

Laura Heritage

Can You Pass This API Test?

Can you pass this API test? Take this test to see if you are an API Genius, an API Pro, or an API Student.

Laura Heritage

UK Open Banking Working Group Publishes Report Setting Out Open Banking Standard

Posted on behalf of Craig Hartwell, Regional Director Channel Sales at Akana.   First posted on LinkedIn APIs in Open Banking This week, the Open Banking Working Group (OBWG) has released a report that starts to underline the dramatic adoption of API’s in the banking sector in the coming years. The report, that can be… Continue reading →

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Clinical Genomics on FHIR – Innovative Healthcare

Have you or a loved one ever received a terrifying medical diagnosis? In my case, it was “multiple sclerosis”. For other people in my life, the news has been “Cancer”,  “Parkinson’s,” and other chronic, debilitating diseases and syndromes. The moment is etched in my brain for life.   The seconds seem to stand still as your… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

Internal Hackathons – Jump Start Digital Transformation

Organization culture is often a great barrier to a digital transformation. Getting everyone to think in terms of digital business – rather than business as usual – can be extremely challenging. And, I do mean everyone, from the business to the technical employees. It’s not that people don’t have the potential to change. Chances are,… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

The Four Practices of a Digital Business

Just like Marty McFly in Back to the Future II, we have crash-landed in October of 2015 and oh, boy – what a future we’ve found. We’re only two years away from Gartner’s widely-quoted prediction that 20% of all market leaders will be displaced by companies formed after 2000 due to a lack of digital… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

Invoice that API Please

First lets start off by clarifying not all APIs requires you to charge for their usage to bring value to your company. There are many different business models for APIs beyond the developer pays.   In fact, the developer pays makes up a very small percentage of the APIs in the market today.   For the remainder… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

Identify Problems with Your APIs Before Your Customers Do

A customer in Boston opens a ticket on your API for poor performance. Another customer in New York opens a ticket on that same API, saying it is completely down. However, your platform monitors tell you everything is fine with your API. You spend hours on the phone trying to convince the customers it is… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

Profiles Give Meaning to Healthcare APIs

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog on how FHIR®  (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource)APIs will accelerate healthcare’s digital transformation. I touched briefly on the HL7® FHIR® specification and the Resources that form its foundation. The FHIR®  spec is built on a set of Resources that can be used by themselves or combined to satisfy a majority… Continue reading →

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FHIR® API Accelerates Healthcare’s Digital Transformation

The healthcare industry is going through a digital transformation.   Healthcare records are increasingly becoming digitized to ensure that patients’ electronic health records are available, discoverable and understandable as people move around the healthcare eco-system. Healthcare is one industry where the Internet of Things is not just for fun, but rather a life-saving, life-sustaining measure. Along… Continue reading →

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The Movement Towards Hypermedia APIs – Is it Happening?

Confession, I was not a believer in Hypermedia APIs.  When I would attend a conference and hear the dream behind the academic theory of API flexibility, unbreakable and adaptable clients, no need for documentation among other dreams, I would laugh silently, mock, and say to myself,  yeah right these guys do not live in the real… Continue reading →

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The Financial Impact of Time to API Consumption

Poor time to API consumption inside and outside the enterprise can lead to profit loss. The good news is, it can be fixed. There are tools on the market today to streamline this process for you. In any consumption scenario, you first have to on-board or register the API Consumer with a developer portal that… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

Does One API Description Language Fit an Entire Enterprise?

  WSDL, WADL, RAML or Swagger, has it become a religious battle within your enterprise? Are  various development organizations wasting countless hours writing biblical essays on how their language of choice is the only right answer? Does it have to come down to a single answer for the whole enterprise or is there another way? In… Continue reading →

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What Is the Real API Consumer Performance Experience

Mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) have thrust many businesses into the era of the truly digital enterprise.  This means opening up new channels and business opportunities.    APIs are the key,  enabling the digital enterprise to connect itself to myriad external apps and partners while cracking open an equally expansive range of fresh internal… Continue reading →

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Getting Started with Creating and Consuming APIs

Introducing four new videos in SOA Software’s API Management video series.   You can work along with these videos if you already have the SOA Software solution or if you request a free trial at http://soa.com.    Each video is five minutes or less. The four videos focus on the basics of API Management in order… Continue reading →

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The 6 Risks of Consuming 3rd Party APIs

There is so much focus for companies to externalize their services via APIs, that there is little to no focus for how these same companies are consuming 3rd Party APIs.  This is gearing up to be or already is a major issue for the enterprise.   Most of the companies I have talked to about exposing… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

RAML: THE BIRTH OF AN API DESCRIPTION LANGUAGE FIT FOR THE ENTERPRISE

Note:  This blog first appeared on RAML.org While every enterprise wants to innovate and move as quickly as a startup, it is important to remember that enterprises face many obstacles that are non-existent in the startup world. These include organizational politics, sheer size, and depth of product/service offerings. Enterprises are also held to a different… Continue reading →