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 →

Roberto Medrano

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 →

Sachin Agarwal

Beneath the Managed API: The Importance of a Unified API Strategy

Post written by Lisa Walker, an ecommerce strategist focused on emerging business trends and technology at Elastic Path. The emergence of the API economy, in conjunction with big data, proliferating touchpoints (mobile, tablet, wearables) and the rise of apps is shifting the focus and values of the enterprise from a closed, self-sustaining model to a… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Mobile App Development and Unified API Security

San Francisco was overrun with developers and API heads this week as the API World conference held the attention of those who make their living planning, creating and managing APIs. We were at API World this week, a conference dedicated to a huge array of API related issues and trends that included execs, developers, engineers… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

API Orchestration – What, Why, and How

Let’s start with a simple assertion – you probably aren’t building your API(s) in a vacuum.  Ok, but what does this have to do with orchestration, and what is orchestration anyway? I’m not going to try and get into a debate on what the term orchestration means, and how it differs from choreography, that subject… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

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 →

Roberto Medrano

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 →

Sachin Agarwal

Why your business needs a Mobile Application Gateway?

Mobile has ushered in a whole new world of business scenarios focused at engaging customers, employees, and business partners. Mobility has gained almost ubiquitous acceptance as a mainstream channel for doing business, catching a lot of large and small companies by surprise. The pressure of businesses trying to capitalize on this channel is imposing additional… Continue reading →

Ian Goldsmith

Anatomy of an API Gateway

There are quite a few products on the market that are billed as API Gateways; many offer similar capabilities, often delivered in markedly different ways. So let’s take a look at how we at SOA Software believe an API Gateway should be built, and why you should care about the way your API Gateway works.… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

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 →