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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 →