Four steps to a successful API Hackathon

“Think just big enough or don’t bother”. Generally hackathons are comparatively cheap, requiring limited investment. Having said that, you need to get the scope and approach just right. The point of a hackathon is to try something new, engaging a developer community for a different perspective on the art of the possible. To achieve that...  Continue reading Four steps to a successful API Hackathon

Capacity planning for APIs

End-to-end capacity planning for APIs requires more than API plans. Look for end-to-end integration platforms where you can apply traffic policies independently to managed APIs and the services supporting them. Have the API business owner define the plans that control API consumption. Then have IT operations set the global traffic policies on backend services according...  Continue reading Capacity planning for APIs

Telecom and APIs – Now we are talking

The telecommunications industry is changing rapidly. Old constructs like phone booths (and cords) are rarely seen at all. Meanwhile the telephone has become an essential device for everyday living – bordering on addiction. With this telephone “attachment”, the opportunity to build on this platform is a huge advantage for the Telecom industry. APIs...  Continue reading Telecom and APIs – Now we are talking

When your APIs are ready to be liberated, are you ready to free them?

When the APIs move from a “lab exercise” to being an enterprise channel, they need to be solid and managed like a real product. So a mature product life cycle management needs to be in place. As part of that exercise, a mature testing/QA process also needs to be developed. If you are an API...  Continue reading When your APIs are ready to be liberated, are you ready to free them?

API Readiness with the IBM API Management Platform

If your API is integral to your business objectives, you need to invest in more than just the operational aspects of it. Whether your API is available to external development teams or internal product teams, you should make sure you have a robust API Readiness plan, just as you would prepare a Product Readiness plan...  Continue reading API Readiness with the IBM API Management Platform

APIs for Dummies

I have always loved the “for Dummies” books and recently I got to write one myself, "APIs for Dummies". An IBM branded eBook, but a “for Dummies” book never the less. The hardest part of writing that book was the up-front decision of why I wanted to write such a book in the first...  Continue reading APIs for Dummies

Experience APIs – I am already doing SOA, now what?

Five steps to get from SOA to API economy. Having done SOA already, you have a head start in terms of domain assets to leverage for API construction. So keep at the SOA part of your journey and expand with APIs for collaboration and innovation. SOA and APIs are synergistic, not adversary. It really is...  Continue reading Experience APIs – I am already doing SOA, now what?