Category Archives: Business

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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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Orchestration and Development for Mobile Apps: The Elegance of APIs

Today we announced that we are added orchestration to our API Management solution. This means that our customers now have the ability to dramatically accelerate their mobile development by creating APIs that hide the complexities of the backend applications and services that need to be combined to deliver a comprehensive and usable mobile application. API Orchestration… Continue reading →

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Mobile and the Enterprise: Mobile Application Gateway and the necessity of business-critical mobile apps

The Aberdeen Group recently conducted a survey of a variety of different types of enterprises and found that more than 60% of them are either emphasizing a mobile environment, or will do so very soon. And for these organizations, a mobile environment means that they expect that the majority of their business operations become usable… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

APIs and Mobile App Innovation at Nordic APIs

We’ll be spending the remainder of this week in beautiful, historical Stockholm for the Nordic APIs conference, where we are a sponsor, presenter and participant. The lineup is impressive, and it’s a unique opportunity for us to engage with our Northern European stakeholders and customers. Some of us are fans of ligonberries and gherken, so… Continue reading →

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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

Part 3: Develop a Strategy that Prepares your APIs for Success

Editor’s note: this is the third in a series of blogs that provides insight into our new eBook, “Building Successful APIs”. As the leader in enterprise API solutions, we want our customers, partners and other stakeholders to be informed and knowledgeable about the options available to them. Looking at the previous blogs in this series,… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Building Successful APIs: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of blogs that provides insight into our new eBook, Building Successful APIs. As the leader in enterprise API solutions, we want our customers, partners and other stakeholders to be informed and knowledgeable about the options available to them. Whether it’s a garden, an airplane, or a piece of software,… Continue reading →

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The Reality of API Lifecycle Management

Much of the talk coming from API management vendors these days has to do with solutions that make sure that APIs work right, perform according to expectations and deliver some form of benefit. Sound a bit vague? Well, for many of these companies, they’re really only peddling a version of, “everyone is using APIs, so… Continue reading →

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We’re Taking API Management to Windows Azure Cloud

We’re at Microsoft’s huge TechEd conference this week and in just the first few hours in can already start to be overwhelming. As one of the largest and arguably most important technology company on the planet, Microsoft touches everything having to do with everything. Mobile, cloud, enterprise, consumer, big data, scripting, platform, developers, marketers, CEOs,… Continue reading →

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Spread the Wealth – Developer Communities for your APIs: Part 2: Top Down, or Bottom Up? – Structuring Your Community

In part 1 of this series, we made the case for creating and fostering a developer community, and it boils down to something like this: if you want to enable development with your API, extend your platform, and encourage exponential use of your applications, you’ll need an enthusiastic (and ever-growing) community of developers to help… Continue reading →

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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 →

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API Predictions for the rest of 2013

Cloud, mobile, big data, on demand, social…and the list goes on. Buzzwords are meant to help as a mental shortcut, but they obscure the depth and impact of the topics they convey. So it’s not too difficult to make predictions that suggest that mobile will be big, or that enterprises will rely more on cloud.… Continue reading →

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“My How You’ve Grown”: A Look Back at 2012

It’s self serving, promotional, and we’re drawing attention to ourselves, but what the hell, there’s no other way to say it: 2012 was a TREMENDOUS year for SOA Software. It used to be that the ebb and flow of the calendar year somewhat mirrored the business cycle – quarters started slow and ended with a… Continue reading →

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité (and APIs)

Is it possible to find a more inspiring place to discuss technology (or, for that matter, ANY subject) than Paris? Imagine walks along the Seine while debating security protocols, gazing at l’Arc de Triomphe and considering the many Web Services standards, sipping a fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape and scribbling enterprise API models on your accompanying napkin. Ahhhh, Paris in… 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 →

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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 →