Category Archives: API Management

Sachin Agarwal

How APIs are Driving Innovation in Retail

Retail as an industry has undergone a significant digital shift since the late 1990s, with retailers competing to attract new customers or maximize share-of-wallet of existing customers.  To stay relevant, they need to quickly adapt to the changing market landscape and provide multi-channel engagement across web, mobile, social and traditional brick-an-mortar stores. Competitive differentiation in… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

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 →

Sachin Agarwal

Creating Digital Value Chains with APIs

Amazon, Uber, Netflix, Tesla are all examples of businesses that have disrupted their markets, to dominate their traditional counterparts. These companies, and others like them, are using technology to change the way products are designed, manufactured, sold and serviced around the globe. Digital manufacturing, digital market places, connected value chains, dynamic and on-demand servicing and… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

The Venn of Microservices

I’m trying to crystalize my own thinking around what microservices are, and how they differ from traditional SOA services. Microservices are clearly a form of SOA service, which we can also call Web services (…a method of communication between two electronic devices over a network…). Some people will say that microservices are just SOA services, and… Continue reading →

Simon Barere

IBM and Hybrid Cloud

It’s always the most prosaic things that get you. For Napoleon it was the Russian winter. For the NASA Mars Orbiter it was the metric system. For cloud it’s access to data. IBM focused on this last point in a major way at the InterConnect 2015 conference. Robert LeBlanc, Senior VP of IBM Cloud had… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

We Are Akana

Why We Changed Our Name and What It Means For Our Business and Yours One of the best things about working here is the collaborative nature of our team. We throw around ideas, critique each other’s suggestions, and ultimately arrive at some pretty smart decisions through a combination of talking, illustrating, venting, analysis, logic, and… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

Microservices – an ESB anti-pattern

I’ve been thinking a bit about microservices (μServices) recently. My immediate reaction is to think; “Isn’t this just yet another new term for the same stuff, Web Services->SOA->APIs->Microservices?” Followed shortly by the thought, “well yes it is, but there are some important differences/distinguishing factors”. Microservices is an evolutionary paradigm born out of the need for… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Reflecting on 90% Growth, Innovation and Excellence

In 2014, we achieved impressive growth for SOA Software When we coined the term “API Economy“, we were talking about APIs being integrated and used to drive better digital business. It was a concept ahead of its time, but now APIs sit in the middle of all of the digital activity whether they are Apps,… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

2015 Predictions: The API Planet Driving the API Economy

My previous two years’ blogs on predictions were mostly about rapid growth in the API Economy. Increases of adoption of API use, proliferation of API-enabled data connectivity, financial growth tied to API development; these and more like them became the headlining trends that have brought the API Economy to where it is now.  Those predictions… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

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 →

Roberto Medrano

The Message Behind #NoESB

We have always advised creating and managing efficient, effective integrations between applications in an effort to get the most value from your data. The currency of a digital business lies in the data it processes and delivers, so ensuring access to relevant data repositories is critical to success in the digital economy. For a long… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

John Deere is Using APIs to Grow the World’s Food Supply

When something as simple as an API can integrate massive amounts of data into, and through, a wide variety of applications, any company can be a digital enterprise. There is a perception that some industries are using technology to innovate, while others languish in antiquated ways of running their business. But in our massively connected… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

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 →

Sachin Agarwal

Is it time for a Connector-less approach to Integration?

Traditional integration approaches, like that of Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs) and Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS), rely primarily on proprietary connectors. This architecture served its purpose in the late 1990s when there were few participating applications in an enterprise, and most of them had either no interfaces or at best interfaces based on proprietary protocols. However, this… Continue reading →

Ryan Bagnulo

i0t : internet zero trust

While most think the gist of IoT is about the Internet of Things, those of us following the recent events (heartbleeding shellshocked poodles) in the security space know that NIST is spot on with their recommendation to implement a “Zero Trust Architecture.” If you’ve configured an Arduino, by now you know that it doesn’t take… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

The Essential API “Back to School” Guide

Enterprise API Essentials 101 All over the globe, school is back in session. While you may not actually be seeking additional credits or loftier academic degrees, we all tend to neglect taking time out to increase our awareness and education for its own sake. As APIs continue to dominate the language of business and IT,… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Forrester Names SOA Software as an API Management Leader

Forrester Research has just published their definitive report on API Management Solutions, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. In their exhaustive and discerning review, they named SOA Software’s API management solution as a leader in enterprise API management and validated us as an impactful and valuable player in the market. With this… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Why ESB Won’t Get You to Your Destination

Cloud and mobile apps require an integration-focused gateway solution When enterprises began adopting SOA as a standard for software design and application consumption, the prevailing wisdom was that a conductor of all the data operations was needed in order to ensure control of services. That came in the form of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB),… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

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    Each video is five minutes or less. The four videos focus on the basics of API Management in order… Continue reading →