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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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

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

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 →

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

The Essential Guide to APIs and Mobile Applications

Most people will say that the front-end of a mobile app is where the excitement is. While it’s true that design and look-and-feel can have a big impact on adoption and usage, the test of an app’s value is what it delivers to the user, and what that user can do with it. The value… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Three Reasons Why SOA Makes API Adoption Easier

With a company name like “SOA Software”, and a product line of API management and SOA governance solutions, you might think we run around telling people that SOA and APIs are the same thing. Well, they aren’t, and they are. Certainly we recognize that there is a great deal of overlap, but we think that… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

When We Talk About API Security

APIs have changed the way that businesses operate, both at the functional level, and in the opportunities they have opened. Our customers are doing innovative things with their data and intellectual property – extending it to partners and customers, making it usable to developers, and making it available to create more users, all done through… 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 →