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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 →

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 →

Roberto Medrano

Leveraging DataPower for Mobile, Cloud and On-Premise with API Management

There aren’t too many aspects of software innovation in which IBM is not a leader. From big mainframe operating systems to large scale distributed computing environments, Big Blue can figure out a way to deliver tools to enable organizations to capitalize on them. We’ve been working with IBM for a long time and have identified… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Building Successful APIs: Lay the Foundation by Creating an API Platform

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

Roberto Medrano

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 →

Roberto Medrano

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 →

Roberto Medrano

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 →

Roberto Medrano

SOA Software Open – A Community for Developers To Make Great Things Happen

When all the talk of security, scalability, manageability and all the other aspects of software is done, we can get the heart of the matter – developers. There may be a group of MBAs who spend months with PowerPoint and Excel to plan something really big, but it’s the software developers who execute and create.… 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

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 →