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Mark O'Neill

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Here are some predictions for the API space for 2014: Rise of the Client It's generally agreed that an API is only as good as the clients which use it. An unused API is a failure. So that's why it's odd that so much attention has focused on the server side of APIs, with comparatively little attention paid to the client side (there are exceptions though, like Runscope's handy Request Editor and hurl.it, to help developer API clients). If you ask an API provider about how their API is going to be called by clients, often you are met with a hand-wavy answer along the lines of "It's REST, so it's easy". While it may be true that it's easy to hack together a client to call the API that "just works", the problem is that that's all it does. It "just works", but doesn't provide the high-level benefits such as: - Ensuring the API is responding according to your expected service le... (more)

The Value of API Monitoring and Analytics

API Monitoring and Analytics are a very important part of API Management, because they answer question "Who is using my APIs", as well as providing the basis for monetization of APIs. In the Axway API Management solution, we provide web-based monitoring of APIs both in real-time and as reports. In the screenshot below, we see API Analytic in action, with information about API usage, and the ability to generate a PDF report: An example of a generated PDF report is shown below. Everything is customizable. You can also search for specific transactions in Analytics using drop-down fo... (more)

API Workshop in the Netherlands, April 3 - with Essent, Open Bank, and Axway - Covering Mobile, OAuth, Cloud

Following our recent API Workshops in Australia and New Zealand, the next port of call is The Netherlands, where we are running an API Workshop on April 3 in Utrecht. For people who haven't been to an API Workshop, here's a quick description of the format: It's a half-day event, beginning with presentations by real live API practitioners speaking about the experiences. Following these presentations and Q&A, we then look at the technology behind APIs. At the Netherlands event, I'm very pleased to say that we have two great speakers lined up: Firstly there is Simon Redfern from the... (more)

Telstra Hybrid Integration Case Study next week at Gartner AADI Sydney

Next week I'm excited to be attending Gartner AADI Sydney, where the Axway sponsor session features Telstra's Richard King speaking about Hybrid Integration, at 3.15pm on Monday July 21. Hybrid Integration, and the Hybrid Integration Platform (HIP), are very exciting topics in integration at the moment. Connections between on-premises and Cloud services are enabled in this way, all through APIs. Here is the preview of the talk: Innovations in Cloud, Mobile, Social Media and Big Data are revolutionising how Telstra International goes to market to engage with their customers, emplo... (more)

Configuring OAuth for initial LDAP Authentication

Although OAuth is not for authentication (the "auth" is for authorization), it usually presupposes that an authentication event has taken place. In the case of the Axway API Gateway, you can use the internal use store for this authentication, or you can use a third-party repository like LDAP. If you want to switch to LDAP, you can simply choose a different authentication repository under "Validate credentials against this repository" in the OAuth 2.0 policies in Policy Studio as shown below: If you want to add a new authentication repository, you can find these under "Authenticat... (more)