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Category Archives: API Management

Roberto Medrano

Named a Leader in API Management Solutions

  We just announced Monday that Akana has been named a Leader in Forrester’s new report, “The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2016.” It’s very gratifying. to be acknowledged because Forrester Research is unique in their approach to assessing the market. They differentiate themselves by performing the most detailed and hands on inspection of every… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Money 20/20 Takeaway: APIs are Everything

  Las Vegas was the ideal spot for last week’s Money 20/20 conference. Vegas is a great city for watching money on the move. Just strolling through the casino at the Venetian, I probably saw a quarter of a million dollars changing hands in five minutes. The funny thing, though, is that those of who… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

Akana Platform 8.2 Delivers Intuitive User Experience for Enterprise API Management

We just announced the availability of the next generation of the Akana Platform, our enterprise API Management product, and we’re making a lot of noise about it.  We ran a soft launch of the 8.x platform over the last few months, and now with the new UI/UX we’ve delivered in 8.2 it’s time to start… Continue reading →

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 →

Roberto Medrano

APIs, PSD2, and Open Banking

When a government body identifies an opportunity that can be addressed through advancements in technology, and devises a functional plan that could lead to improvements in how organizations and society work, it’s something to be celebrated. The Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) is an example of a regulation that pairs technology innovation with market… 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 →

Roberto Medrano

Your Bank Wants You to Stay Home

APIs are enabling a new and better era of banking and financial services I recently participated in the office March Madness1 pool and like every year, I made my picks, paid the “commissioner” a few bucks, and hoped for the best. This year, however, something really stood out. Very little cash was exchanged. The under-30… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

Designing APIs with the Akana Platform

I am really excited to tell you about the new features in the latest version of the Akana Platform that we rolled out into the cloud this weekend. There are a few really big features that truly set set us apart: API Designer – the platform now includes an all new API Designer that provides a really… 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 →

Laura Heritage

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 →

Ian Goldsmith

Eat Your Microservices Elephant One Bite at a Time

There seems to be a tendency amongst architects to think of microservices as a way to build entire applications, taking monoliths and completely re-implementing them as a set of microservices. This belief makes a lot of architects, especially in large enterprise, question whether microservices is right for their organization. I think there is a different… 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 →

Roberto Medrano

2016 Predictions: The Evolution of Services, API Management and “Digital Glue”

Early in 2015 I predicted that API management and security solutions, microservices development, and application integration across platforms and devices would converge in a major way. I have been predicting this convergence for quite some time (2015, 2014, 2013); first when we established the concept of the API Economy in 2012, and more recently when we… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

The Akana Guide to API Security

Akana Provides a Roundup of API Security Overview Resources and Thought Leadership As more enterprises engage in their digital transformation, they are connecting their application through APIs. APIs have long been the connective tissue between, and among, software applications. Because they enable business-critical transactions, it is critical that they be both highly accessible and usable,… 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 →

Roberto Medrano

Akana’s API Management Leadership: How to Apply the Forrester Wave Report

Recently Forrester’s Randy Heffner published a very good report on The API Management Solutions Market Heats Up. In the report, Akana is mentioned as a leader with “Consistently rich and deep functionality across all core functions. Particularly well suited for broad-based enterprise-level API initiatives.”  Before this report, Forrester published the famous Forrester Wave reports. Akana was… 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 →