Sachin Agarwal

The API-Tier: Bridging the Old with the New

I am still recovering from a packed four-day agenda at the Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego. I had numerous interesting and often revealing conversations with enterprise IT leaders who are transforming their large and complex enterprises into agile and digital businesses. And yes, not to forget all the late night parties and the after-parties… 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 →

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 →

Laura Heritage

Innovating in the Enterprise: Moving from SOA Silos to a Collaborative Developer Community

In June I gave a webinar on the Business Value for Internal APIs in the Enterprise that was very well received by the enterprise community.   I have spent most of June and July travelling and speaking with enterprises in a huge range of industries on the topics I introduced in that webinar.   One topic that… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Use Internal API Community to Drive Innovation

Recently we have seen building  internal API community and providing an API catalog that others in the company can benefit from as essential to gaining true advantages for your digital channels. API development and usage is increasing in a massive way, and enterprises and consumers alike are realizing the vast reach of application functionality that is driven… Continue reading →

Sachin Agarwal

Should Enterprises Keep Their External APIs Public or Restricted?

Netflix, the poster child for public APIs, recently retired it in favor of restricting access to a limited set of partners. More about Netflix’s decision to retire their public API can be found in Daniel Jacobson’s blog. This was perhaps the right decision for Netflix based on their business model and the type of API… Continue reading →

Simon Barere

API Management at Microsoft Technology Centers

SOA Software recently announced the showcasing of its API Management solution at the Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs), and I wanted to spend a little time going into more detail on what this means and why it is important. The MTCs are Microsoft locations worldwide where you can preview the latest Microsoft and partner technology. It… 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 →

Simon Barere

DataPower GatewayScript

The best-selling API and SOA appliance just got better. Earlier this month, IBM announced at the Impact 2014 conference the latest release of its IBM WebSphere DataPower gateway – release 7. The release contains a number of important new features and enhancements. I wanted to focus on one feature that is perhaps the single most… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

API Development and Cloud Considerations

There used to be armies of developers who defined themselves as “integration experts”; they were tasked with doing the hands-on work of IT bartending. In essence, they had to blend different applications together so they produced a result that was greater than the sum of their parts. There were the old guards who dealt in… Continue reading →

Laura Heritage

Enterprise API Adoption Pattern Webinar – Questions Answered

I wanted to thank you all again for attending the Enterprise API Adoption Patterns talk yesterday.  For those that didn’t get to view the webcast you can watch a replay here: http://resource.soa.com/resource/webinar/enterprise-api-adoption-patterns. We had several questions that appeared in the chat.  I had difficulty catching them as they scrolled through.  I seemed to have lost… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

API Script Execution and Policy Manager

In a previous blog, we looked at the behavior of scripts that run in applications, and how they need to interact with APIs in order for you to gain full advantage of multiple applications running through a single API. We’re going to look at the phase of development that happens after configuring your API. It… Continue reading →

Sachin Agarwal

Marketing Your APIs to Developers – The New Digital Economy Prerogative

The title of this post is a misnomer. Developers detest marketers and do not like the fluffy stuff that most marketers throw at them. Developers do not even hang around the traditional channels that most marketers tend to use. So as an enterprise that is rolling out an API, how do you attract developers to… Continue reading →

Simon Barere

Microsoft Cloud Integration

Stefan Reid from Forrester Research recently put out a report on cloud integration called “The Forrester Wave: Hybrid Integration, Q1 2014”. I was happy to see that Microsoft was well represented, and that they did well. Microsoft’s key product contributions were Windows Azure BizTalk Services and Windows Azure Service Bus. Reid talks about the growing… Continue reading →

Simon Barere

Have It Your Way On DataPower

SOA Software just released the latest version of our Policy Manager for DataPower API and SOA management solution for DataPower. It contains a new feature, Custom Policy, that is so relevant to what DataPower customers need today that I thought I would share a bit of the excitement on what it is, what it can… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Configure and Manage your Script with Policy Manager

Scripts running in your application will call upon APIs to provide different types and access levels of data. It’s crucial that you approach scripting with a comprehensive plan for how APIs will interact with them, and how to enable scripts to get the most out of your API, while remaining secure, and adhering to efficiency… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Top 10 Security Terms for API Developers

As a developer, you’ve been tasked with one of the most important jobs in helping your company increase its reach, brand awareness, and profit potential. The strategists in the conference room will make their demands, but the heavy-lifting (and let’s face it, the fun stuff) falls to you. There are so many API resources available… Continue reading →

Simon Barere

Preparing for SOA and API Convergence

SOA Software recently published a new whitepaper entitled “SOA and API Convergence: What it Means for IBM Customers” that offers some engaging ideas on the future relationship between SOA and API technology. The whitepaper gives IBM customers some solid architectural ideas founded on the SOA and API strength of the IBM DataPower gateway partnered with… 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

API Security Resource Guide

To say that securing the data that is communicated and transacted among applications is one of the biggest concerns for software vendors and online services is accurate, but a huge understatement. Since data is essentially the currency with which companies attract users and conduct business, there is no room for it to be compromised. A… Continue reading →