Category Archives: API Management

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 →

Sachin Agarwal

Securing your Digital Channels and APIs against Threats

(Posted first on Wired Insight blog) As APIs have experienced ubiquitous adoption across IT and business, the opportunities for innovation and new business use cases are limitless.  So many creative new business models have emerged from new uses of APIs that we’ve collectively coined the term “API Economy” to describe what’s happening.  APIs are here… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

Considerations for API Requirements

I’m a product management guy so requirements get me all excited.  I’m also an API guy, so when we put together APIs and requirements, well then, I’m in hog heaven.  That said I do want to try and make sure that we’re all on the same page when it comes to understanding how APIs can… Continue reading →

Simon Barere

Microsoft Predictions for 2014

The end of 2013 coincided with the new product launch of SOA Software’s Intermediary for Microsoft. Not a bad way to end the year. SOA Software has always been committed to first class SOA and API management support for the Microsoft community, and Intermediary for Microsoft marks an exciting next milestone in our Microsoft product… 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 →

Sachin Agarwal

Snapchat’s API Hack requires a hard look at API Security and Lifecycle practices

Your data is out there.  While APIs are making access to data easier, they also make it extremely easy for people to come after your data. If enterprises do not take the appropriate steps to secure their APIs and lay down well-defined processes surrounding API development, their data is at risk.  This holiday season presented… 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 →

Sachin Agarwal

API vs. SOA? Are they different?

There has been a lot of talk about APIs vs. SOA, and there is still a lot of confusion about whether APIs are different or similar to SOA. The needle keeps swinging from one side to another, with API purists trying to detach themselves completely from SOA and the SOA die-hards claiming that APIs are… 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 →

Ian Goldsmith

PCI – What it is, and why you should care

As you start researching API Management solutions you’ll quickly see that there are a wide range of varying statements about PCI Compliance.  I thought it might be a good idea to clear up a few misconceptions about PCI, and tell you why should care about it, even if your company isn’t in the Payment Card… Continue reading →

Sachin Agarwal

The Role of APIs in a Software Defined Datacenter

The vision of cloud as a realm of limitless scalability, on-demand data and global application delivery is no longer hearsay.  Large enterprises are deploying their mission-critical applications to the public cloud, and several have been experimenting with their own private cloud (private datacenter), taking cues from how Google and Facebook have been running their own… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

API Proxy or Gateway?

Before we can even begin to debate whether you’re better off with an API Proxy or an API Gateway we should probably describe what they are and what they do, and try to get to the fundamental different between them. Gently paraphrasing Wikipedia a Proxy is something that acts as an intermediary, making requests on… Continue reading →