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Roberto Medrano

Future Trends of Popularizing API Use

Things are always obvious in retrospect. This mantra applies just as much to the emergence of the enterprise of application program interface (API) from the exclusive use of specialists in the B2B arena to their widespread public consumption. Granted, the results of APIs have always been accessible to the public-at-large.  However, the current dynamic utility… Continue reading →

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Best Practices for Socializing Your API

It used to be that companies employing the website visibility tactic of search engine optimization (SEO) could allow this to form the entirety of their online marketing strategy. Targeted visitors would come pouring into their site just based on the keywords. Even in the early days of the most popular application programming interfaces (APIs) –… 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

Building a Good Application User Interface

For the average business, building an Application User Interface today has more advantages than ever, and is worth the investment in time and resources.  The current landscape is generously accepting of APIs as a necessity for a business to maximize its interaction with the public upon which it depends, given the emergence of so many… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

APIs and the Massive Migration

With the massive migration to the mobile platform, increasingly widening net of social media, and the blooming use of the cloud by most businesses, it can be tempting to think that enterprise API development and management will herald a whole new set of rules for the companies of today and tomorrow. The potentially dynamic universes… 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 →

Roberto Medrano

Part 3: SOA for the Cloud – Is This Nirvana?

The better part of my May and June was spent travelling to industry conferences and meeting some incredibly smart customers, partner, and analysts at #gartnerAADI, #gartnerEA, #gluecon, #RedHatSummit and #CloudExpo, and the primary topic was cloud computing. I heard so much about cost savings, ease of implementation, improving agility and all the other aspects of… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

SOA and the Cloud, Part 2: Developing an SOA-based Cloud Architecture

The concept of a services-oriented architecture has been around for more than a decade, and it’s now so entrenched in our vernacular that it’s almost short-hand for what constitutes a smart enterprise environment. Over the past few years, however, “the Cloud” has gotten a lot of attention as a platform, and in some corners, there… Continue reading →

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

Developing an API Strategy

Like any product, creating a solid piece of software requires a lot of people focusing on doing what they’re really good at. Product managers focus on what the market wants and builds a list of requirements to deliver on that; developers create the product, refine it, add requirements and ensure it’s stable; a marketing team… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

The API and Your Mobile Brand

According to The Caine Mutiny, a Navy ship is a system “designed by geniuses to be run by idiots.”  You might be tempted to think a similar thought about today’s mobile applications.  Watching teenagers play with a mobile front end to what you and I know is a vastly complex enterprise back end, it’s seductive… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

The Benefits of Partnership – Working with IBM

If you’ve been in tech for any length of time, chances are you’ve worked for IBM, worked for a company that was acquired by IBM, or your job is predicated upon successfully using IBM products. No matter how IBM has been a part of what you do, there aren’t many who can deny the incredible… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

Our Ever-Improving DataPower Story

When creating an SOA-based architecture, it’s nearly impossible to anticipate all the potential needs a customer might have. There are so many aspects to this type of framework, and when implementing it, one needs to consider an entire range of elements: security, policy management, proxy validation, pattern definition and others. Naturally, as providers of SOA… Continue reading →

Roberto Medrano

API Management – With a Little Help From Our Friends

We’ve been actively encouraging our stakeholders to take advantage of our API Management Platform to develop APIs and initiate an evolution in their applications that will enable them to become successful by capitalizing on existing assets. One of the things we’ve tried to communicate is the fact that API development can be relatively easy, even when done… 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 →

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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 →