I'm back from a week in London, where one of the highlights was Gartner AADI.
This year, I had the privilege of presenting alongside Oliver Cronk from
Three UK, and our talk was entitled "How APIs are driving Digital
Transformation at Three". A key part of that digital transformation is the
role of the Service Control Gateway pattern.
In the morning before our talk, Gartner's Anne Thomas explained how the
"Service Control Gateway" pattern applies SDA (Software Defined Architecture)
to Application Services, creating SDAS (Software-Defined Application
Services). Anne's session was full to capacity, indicating the level of
interest in this area. In the photo below, we see the role of the Service
Control Gateway, in between consumers and application services. On the right
of the photo, you can see the capabilities provided by the Service Control
Gateway. Coming from an ... (more)
When you consider APIs and API Management, one way of looking at APIs is that
it's ultimately all about the data. The API can be seen as a conduit for
data. Managing the API means managing access to that data.
This is especially important for Data-as-a-Service (DaaS). The point was
eloquently put by Kamron Abtahi, DaaS Engineer at Dun and Bradstreet (D&B),
when he spoke at the Axway API Workshop in Boston last November about how
APIs allow D&B to liberate their data. Here is Kamron in action at the API
Workshop event, explaining all of the benefits of the D&B Direct API:
In a blog ... (more)
The Power of Real-Time APIs - Apple Watch and BMW
One of the most exciting parts of this week's Apple Watch launch was the
example of the BMW watch app.
This app allows you to see the charging status of your BMWi electric car,
right from your wrist.
You can also check the status of the doors of your car (important information
such as if they are locked or not!). Although the star of the show was the
watch app, APIs had a cameo appearance, since the information shown on the
watch is fetched in real-time from APIs.
It happens that there is already an example of a watch app for BMIs ca... (more)
All Around the World - API Workshops for OAuth, Mobile, REST
Here at Axway, we regularly run API Workshops worldwide which bring together
API practitioners in discussion, debate, and exposure to technologies such as
OAuth 2.0, API developer portal design, and identity.
And when we say "worldwide", we mean worldwide.
To illustrate this, my colleague Philipp Schöne has created an interactive
map on CartoDB of the API Workshops over the past year, with photos of each.
All that's missing is a backing track of Daft Punk's "Around the World" :)
Each API Workshop has been eventful in its ow... (more)
This week there has been a great discussion between David Berlind of
ProgrammableWeb and Kin Lane of APIEvangelist.com, on the topic of
categorizing Public and Private APIs. David quotes my ProgrammableWeb piece
on Uber and ESPN, which talks about different API strategies, public and
private. He makes some great points on the fact that many APIs are not fully
public. I thought I'd expand on it here:
I believe there are two axes which can be considered:
First of all, let's look at API Exposure. The two categories are:
External : Able to be used outside the organization. Internal : Use... (more)