VP Innovation at Axway, Co-founder at Vordel

Mark O'Neill

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Solving the Digital Business Puzzle Using APIs and Microservices - Axway and Forrester When organizations make the choice to put a digital platform in place, a discussion on MicroServices is never far behind. By putting a MicroServices layer in place, an organization creates the springboard to launch into the digital future, whether that involves apps, rich Web clients, or IoT devices such as in-store beacons. Individual MicroServices, or orchestrated groups of MicroServices, serve as the foundation for this innovation. The data being passed to and from MicroServices also serves as the basis for behavioral analytics and Big Data, allowing organizations to tailor their digital services based on their users. But what are MicroServices and how are they used? To answer this question, I'm pleased to say that next week we're running a webinar with Randy Heffner from Forr... (more)

XML Without Wires - Part 1 of 2

Wireless transmission is becoming more and more common for many document types, and XML is no exception. But XML itself presents a number of challenges to the wireless medium. This article, the first in a two-part series, describes these challenges, and describes techniques that can be used to tailor an XML-aware system to the wireless world. Wireless bandwidth continues to be at a premium, despite the long-standing promises of 2.5G and 3G networks. XML isn't binary, and while this means that knotty problems like little-endian/big-endian confusion are avoided, it also means that... (more)

Command-Line Tool for Testing Web Services

SOA & WOA Magazine on Ulitzer The free SOAPbox tool includes a command-line interface, called SR ("Send Request") which allows you to script the load-testing of a Web Service. You can use SR to send multiple requests to a Web Service, to simulate multiple clients, to connect through a HTTP Proxy, to send SOAP attachments to Web Services, and to vary XML message traffic. To learn about SOAPbox, press F1 on SOAPbox's install page and then check out the SR examples, or run SR -h from the command line. ... (more)

What Does Google Think SOA Is?

A view into the Hive Mind - here's what you see when you type "SOA is" into Google: ... (more)

APIs Come to the Supermarket

There has been a rush lately of retailers exposing APIs to enable mobile access to what previously were in-store operations. Last month, Adam Broitman wrote in Advertising Age about Walgreen's photo API. In the article he notes that APIs may become crucial to brick and mortar stores. In the same trend, this month  Adam DuVander has written on ProgrammableWeb about how the Safeway subsidiary, Blackhawk Network, uses APIs for supermarket gift cards. APIs can sometimes seem like abstract things, to a non-developer (Adam Broitman writes "Take a trip to a few local drug stores and ask... (more)