Category Archives: Commerce

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 →

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 →

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 →

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

APIs, Cloud and Data are key to improving access to Healthcare

There have been numerous attempts at improving at how medical and wellness care are delivered and managed here in the United States. HealthCare.gov (aka, ObamaCare) had some initial hiccups, but is now helping millions get access to quality and affordable care. Insurance companies are making attempts to simplify services and reporting, and are participating in… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Your MBA: Masters of Business with APIs

The massive adoption of APIs to drive business operations and increase customer access is fundamentally changing the way the world works; it’s the API Economy, and it’s emerging as a major global force for businesses, governments and non-profits. They’re everywhere and you’re either in the know, or you are wondering what all the fuss is… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

2014 Predictions for APIs – Hold on to Your Hats

When we made our 2013 predictions for the realm of APIs, our premise was that API adoption and use was still a relatively nascent area, but one about to explode once smart people figured out its potential. We were certainly spot-on in that regard, but few believed us when we suggested that the API Economy… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

There’s Business, and Then There’s API Business

Your business, while certainly complex in its operations and delivery, runs on pretty much the same principles that all businesses run on. You have a product (which could be a hard good, soft good, or a service) that you try to optimize for customers (product strategy, engineering, development), communicate to customers (marketing), and sell to… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

APIs At The Heart of your Mobile App Strategy

APIs are brokering data across all kinds of domains, applications and platforms, but too many developers think in terms of traditional on-premise, sit-down-in-front-of-your-laptop-and-consume-this type of environment. Especially in the enterprise world, there’s a desire to access data that sits in huge application repositories and integrate it with data from other apps, and make it usable.… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

The Intersection of SOA and APIs: Being Chosen as a Gartner “Leader”

The API Economy is established and running at full speed, fueling so much economic growth that it’s hard to imagine a financial, information, or services transaction that isn’t being aided by an API. But this didn’t just happen out of thin air. While many will have you believe that a bunch of guys in hipster… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Spread the Wealth – Developer Communities for your APIs: Part 1: Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom: Create Opportunities for Others to Enhance Your Product

Guy Kawasaki, a true evangelist if there ever was one (in fact, when it comes to preaching the gospel of software development, he WAS the first evangelist), liked to talk about the concept of “letting a thousand flowers bloom”. He borrowed the concept from Chairman Mao, and all political ideology aside, the gist is this:… Continue reading →

Olivier Laplace

SOA vs API: SOA, let’s speak reality and listen to experience

When focusing or comparing SOA versus API approaches, it’s easy to take shortcuts and thus not considering the whole scope. This inevitably brings the reflexion to a partial, if not wrong result. Across its blog and a SOA versus API trilogy, SOA software provides you with a realistic view of this exciting topic. Feel free… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

The need to effectively utilize APIs is increasingly becoming a critical need for organizations that rely on software to run their business. New revenue channels can easily be created, and integration with partner and customer services is much easier with enterprise APIs, and forward-thinking organizations understand that it’s crucial for them to become smart about… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Being Recognized for Innovation

This year isn’t over yet, but having had a few intense, whirlwind weeks in our recent schedule, we’re taking inventory of some of our accomplishments of 2012 and we’re beyond pleased. The last couple of weeks especially have been notable for us as we announced a new Enterprise API Platform, launched our Open Developer Community,… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Cloud Expo 2012: Surging Interest in Enterprise API Management

We just wrapped up a very successful experience at the 11th Cloud Expo, which was held last week at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  It was an exciting, packed event for SOA Software.  We debuted our two new products: The Enterprise API Platform and our SOA Software Open™ platform, a free offering that brings App… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

SOA Software Open – A Community for Developers To Make Great Things Happen

When all the talk of security, scalability, manageability and all the other aspects of software is done, we can get the heart of the matter – developers. There may be a group of MBAs who spend months with PowerPoint and Excel to plan something really big, but it’s the software developers who execute and create.… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Watching a Garden of APIs Grow

Our focus is enterprise API management, and we’ve been very successful at helping major companies extend their influence and business activities to millions of users. While enterprise is where we make our living, the development and usage of APIs – any APIs – is something we find wildly exciting (and that’s not said facetiously –… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

The Action is Heating Up for Business Process APIs

GigaOm published an enlightening piece [ http://gigaom.com/2012/10/06/business-process-api-ification-the-lego-promise-fulfilled/ ]  by Mayfield Fund partner Robin Vasan, Business Process API-ification: The LEGO promise Fulfilled. As a successful venture capitalist, Vasan brings an interesting perspective to the current thinking about the API economy. It’s primarily because he thinks the API-ification of applications will only truly be successful, and that… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

From Inception to Completion: Building the Best API

The recent surge in the popularity of APIs among the consumer public has sent companies scrambling to the programmer’s drawing board to devise their own. Much of this has to do with the continuing trends of portability in electronic devices (e.g, Smartphones and Tablets) which – as it turns out – are a natural medium… Continue reading →