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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)

Dead or Alive? There's an API For That

This week's Time Magazine has a piece by Gaelle Faure entitled "How to Manage Your Online Life When You're Dead" which describes what happens to online profiles, Webmail, and social networking data when someone dies. Consider "Deathswitch": Deathswitch, which is based in Houston, has a different system for releasing the funeral instructions, love notes and "unspeakable secrets" it suggests you store with your passwords and account info. The company will regularly send you e‑mail prompts to verify that you're still alive, at a frequency of your choosing. (Once a day? Once a year?... (more)

Jill Tummler Singer of the CIA Speaks on "Cloud Safety" : +1

I saw this tweet this morning and I thought "+1" (I guess I am a geek if I am thinking in Digg/Slashdot shorthand). The problem is that in Information Security, "security" is all-too-often used to mean only encryption. A line is considered "secure" if it's encrypted. But often, the real "security" requirements are much broader and include management (as in access management, identity management), business continuity defense against denial-of-service, and privacy. I think language is a big issue here. I've always found it interesting that in German, the words for "security" and "ce... (more)

Using Token Translation and SAML to Link Domains Together

SOA in the Cloud on Ulitzer Token translation using SAML is now quite an established way to allow applications in one security domain to communicate with applications in another security domain, on behalf of a user whole identity does not have to also flow with the data. For more info go to Vordel's government page and then click on "Secure Cross-Domain". Can a similar architecture be used for SOA-to-Cloud and "inter-cloud" scenarios? The answer is "yes - watch this space...." ... (more)

Randy Heffner from Forrester on Policy-based SOA

SOA in the Cloud Expo Randy Heffner from Forrester has posted on ZDNet about how "Policy-based SOA will enable increased business value and agility". He does a great job of explaining how a Policy-based SOA affects different users. Firstly, there is the person designing the policy. As Randy says, the policy is defined "using the SOA product’s administration tool" (ie. not by writing code), and he goes on to say that "the important point here is that the policy is declared separately from the service, allowing it to change without changing the service itself". So, the policy is de... (more)