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Roberto Medrano

RESTing Easy – Securing the Most Popular API Delivery Platform

More often than not, with simplicity comes greater risk. Making platforms more user-friendly tends to make them more easily compromised by system breaches, by virtue of the fact that there are more elements instituted – precisely to make an interface more readily embraced by a wider network – through which attacks can occur or software/hardware… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Future Trends of Popularizing API Use

Things are always obvious in retrospect. This mantra applies just as much to the emergence of the enterprise of application program interface (API) from the exclusive use of specialists in the B2B arena to their widespread public consumption. Granted, the results of APIs have always been accessible to the public-at-large.  However, the current dynamic utility… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Best Practices for Socializing Your API

It used to be that companies employing the website visibility tactic of search engine optimization (SEO) could allow this to form the entirety of their online marketing strategy. Targeted visitors would come pouring into their site just based on the keywords. Even in the early days of the most popular application programming interfaces (APIs) –… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

APIs for B2B Integration

APIs are precisely the long-missing bridge in facilitating B2B interaction, addressing businesses that generally haven’t thought about their respective capacities for interfacing when they’re in production. This makes any future, mutually beneficial liaisons that much more difficult to execute. APIs lowers these technical barriers, allowing businesses to collaborate effectively in the interests of their now… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Building a Good Application User Interface

For the average business, building an Application User Interface today has more advantages than ever, and is worth the investment in time and resources.  The current landscape is generously accepting of APIs as a necessity for a business to maximize its interaction with the public upon which it depends, given the emergence of so many… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

APIs and the Massive Migration

With the massive migration to the mobile platform, increasingly widening net of social media, and the blooming use of the cloud by most businesses, it can be tempting to think that enterprise API development and management will herald a whole new set of rules for the companies of today and tomorrow. The potentially dynamic universes… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

The Art of Building a Developer Community around Your APIs

The proliferation of APIs is a sign of the tech times, with many companies just starting to understand their power in the wake of both the social media explosion and the inroads that mobile marketing are making into the consumer sphere. For the business person who’s just coming onto this burgeoning scene, it’s certainly not… Continue reading →

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Are you Facebook? The case for Enterprise API platforms.

If you read any blog, publication, or marketing collateral on API management you can’t get more than a few sentences before the author throws out everyone’s favorite examples of API nirvana: Facebook, Twitter or the ever popular Netflix. It’s true that these companies pioneered the early days of API centric strategies, and the result changed… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Part 3: SOA for the Cloud – Is This Nirvana?

The better part of my May and June was spent travelling to industry conferences and meeting some incredibly smart customers, partner, and analysts at #gartnerAADI, #gartnerEA, #gluecon, #RedHatSummit and #CloudExpo, and the primary topic was cloud computing. I heard so much about cost savings, ease of implementation, improving agility and all the other aspects of… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

SOA and the Cloud, Part 2: Developing an SOA-based Cloud Architecture

The concept of a services-oriented architecture has been around for more than a decade, and it’s now so entrenched in our vernacular that it’s almost short-hand for what constitutes a smart enterprise environment. Over the past few years, however, “the Cloud” has gotten a lot of attention as a platform, and in some corners, there… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

SOA and the Cloud: Part 1: Is SOA Necessary for a Cloud Environment?

By now, unless you’ve been on an extended vacation in a remote, unwired, non-connected country (actually sounds kind of nice) you’ve heard the promises around cloud computing: lower costs, eradicate daily management, massively reduced overhead, your health will improve, you’ll be better-looking and life will generally be better. So, maybe cloud doesn’t truly deliver on… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

The Evolution of APIs

Discussions about APIs have changed significantly during the past 10 years. I can remember talking with developers many years ago about very esoteric aspects of routines and data structures and it was all very, well, geeky. But at the same time, there was so much enthusiasm as Web APIs became more common, because to those… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Instagram and the API Economy

Facebook’s billion dollar acquisition of Instagram is being touted as the harbinger of a major shift in computing from the desktop to mobile devices. It’s evident that mobile apps are the driving increasingly significant amounts of ecommerce, content, entertainment and other types of Web activity. Perhaps a more important aspect of this, if a less… Continue reading →

kinlane

The Next Frontier for API Growth is Automobiles

The Internet is widely understood to be about web pages made up of HTML in which humans search, browse and consume via their desktops and laptop computers using their favorite browser. Quickly other pioneers like Salesforce, Amazon, eBay, Twitter, Facebook and Google showed us another dimension of the Internet accessible via the same architecture as… Continue reading →

kinlane

2012 Will Be the Battle for Your Digital Wallet

The X.Commerce Conference was a couple of weeks ago in San Francisco, where Paypal showcased their next generation of multi-channel commerce tools ranging from Paypal Access for quick consumer login, to expanded mobile, tablet and device based purchasing on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game consoles. Behind all the hype at X.Commerce, at the heart of every move EBay / Paypal… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

API Lifecycle Step 2: Build

I can’t stress enough that the best APIs are often the most basic. Typically, they do one thing really well and leave themselves open for developers to leverage as they please. So once you’ve finished the planning stages of your API, don’t just hand off your general plan to your coders and leave them to… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

API Lifecycle Step 1: Plan

The five steps of our set of best practices work like a combination lock. They work properly only if they are followed in sequence. Planning is perhaps the most important step in the API lifecycle because it puts forth the blueprints needed to build a sucessful API. During the planning stage, your organization needs to… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

Introducing the API Lifecycle — For the API Lifestyle

I may be generalizing, but too many people still view APIs as purely utilitarian. Integrate the Google Maps API into your GPS device so that users find the nearest gas station. Use NOAA Weather Service API to let skiers know the snow conditions in Telluride. And so forth. But people forget that APIs — and… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

Would you pay to play?

Here’s a question that we find compelling: If you’re an app developer, would you pay to use an API? Maybe you have an API that fits your use perfectly. Even in that case, though, would your commitment change if you had to pay to use it? APIs expose existing business capabilities to a whole new… Continue reading →

Alistair Farquharson

In with the Old, in with the New

With the release of API Management product, SOA Software is now in the API business. With this blog, I’ll cover issues that go along with API management, such as security, mobile strategies, virtualization, policies, and the state of the API market. But first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. We acknowledge that not… Continue reading →