Interconnect 2017 is right around the corner! IBM API Connect and StrongLoop will be well represented in a wide variety of sessions. Learn what’s new with API Connect, get hands on with the open source API framework, LoopBack, or sit back and learn about the latest trends in architecting your digital business.

Here are just a few of the many sessions where you can join us (click on the session link for additional speaker and location information):

Monday, March 19

Forrester Total Economic Impact Study Showing ROI for IBM API Connect
When: Monday, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Randy Heffner, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, will share the results of a recently concluded Total Economic Impact study surveying the value, benefits, and ROI of API Connect. Learn how you can apply the study to your specific situation and drive similar returns.

Shaping the Future of Serverless APIs and Microservices in IBM Bluemix
When: Monday, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Join this roundtable session to hear and share feedback on the user experience and direction of serverless microservices exposed as APIs in IBM Bluemix, powered by the integration between OpenWhisk and IBM API Connect.

How Citi Transformed a Traditional Banking Platform to FinTech Using APIs
When: Monday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Learn how Citi transformed itself from a traditional bank to a FinTech organization through the implementation of IBM’s API and Gateway offerings.

How Royal Mail Group is Using IBM API Connect to Rapidly Expand Its B2B Channel
When: Monday, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Learn how IBM and Royal Mail Group have leveraged IBM’s API technology on Bluemix over the past twelve months to expand Royal Mail Group’s B2B channel and revenue stream. The postal services company has been revolutionizing its on-boarding process, providing XML to JSON transformations and delivering real business and operational insight into the consumption of its APIs.

Tuesday, March 20

Application Journey to Cloud
When: Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Learn how to leverage your data to achieve unprecedented levels of engagement and to rise above the competition with analytics combined with new DevOps, integration and app management strategies for your hybrid environment.

Scaling Your Microservices with LoopBack
When: Tuesday, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
This talk focuses on building scalable and resilient microservices with LoopBack. Go beyond best practices and see real-world examples that demonstrate caching strategies, health checks, failover and other non-functional requirements for enterprise microservices.

Build, Deploy and Manage Microservices with IBM API Connect and Docker Container Orchestration
When: Tuesday, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
In this lab, learn how to effectively deploy IBM API Connect in a Docker environment to create, secure and manage APIs and microservices. Using a Docker container orchestration (Swarm or Kubernetes), you will orchestrate a complete API Connect setup for different environments.

Elemental Design of a Digital Business
When: Tuesday, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM
Hear how companies are using emerging integration patterns in digital business architecture — applications, data, messaging, APIs, IOT — to create “points of presence” where they can interact with their customers at precisely the right time and elevate their experiences and expectations.

What’s New in IBM API Connect
When: Tuesday, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM
This session will cover new product updates that span from API creation, management, socialization, analytics and runtime security enforcement to deployment flexibility. These include support for serverless microservices, automatic API creation for Swift runtimes, API gateway enforcement options, API syndication and application lifecycle support, in-app live chat, an enhanced developer portal, Docker deployment support, and more.

Meet the IBM API Connect and DataPower Gateway Experts
When: Tuesday, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Come and meet the IBM API Connect and DataPower Gateway team, including offering managers and experts, and ask them questions in an open discussion forum.

Wednesday, March 21

Cloud Intraoperability: Kitura and LoopBack as Microservices
When: Wednesday, 10:45 AM – 11:05 AM
Explore the basics of setting up LoopBack and Kitura as unique and discrete APIs to get your work done, with a great developer experience.

Introduction to LoopBack
When: Wednesday, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to use the open-source LoopBack framework to rapidly build APIs in Node. If you want to learn how to build an API faster than a speeding bullet, don’t miss this one.

Shaping the Future of IBM API Connect
When: Wednesday, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Attend this interactive feedback session to help set the course and shape the future of IBM API Connect. Share your API management requirements, your views and your concerns, and provide feedback on the latest designs.

101 Tips and Extensions for IBM API Connect
When: Wednesday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
This session will go through extensions and tips that we have developed through our experiences in the field. These tips and tricks will help you get the most value from your API Connect deployment.

Combining OpenWhisk (Serverless), OpenAPI (Swagger) and IBM API Connect to Build Powerful APIs
When: Wednesday, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Using the power and simplicity of serverless functions and exposing them via IBM API Connect provides a clean and organized way to build powerful APIs for your developers and your customers. This session will go over both technologies, as well as OpenAPI, so you can see how the magic comes together.

Thursday, March 22

Polyglot Microservices and APIs with LoopBack, gRPC and Docker
When: Thursday, 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Walk through a sample scenario using the open source LoopBack framework to create REST APIs and explore gRPC as the backbone to connect multiple microservices written in Node.js, Java and other languages. Learn how to trace interactions to provide end-to-end visibility and how such microservices are packaged as Docker containers and assembled together using Docker Compose. This session will help you understand how APIs and microservices relate, integrate, and collaborate.

Full Speed Ahead with IBM API Connect and Docker
When: Thursday, 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Docker, microservices, APIs, containers… In this session, you will learn what these buzz words mean and their implications for your organization’s operations. Learn how to create, secure and manage APIs and microservices using IBM API Connect in a development environment on a laptop, and then discuss and show scaling of the solution for production.

Learn How to Connect Microservices Using the Open API Initiative
When: Thursday, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
The Open API Initiative was created by a consortium of industry leaders with a goal of standardizing how REST APIs are described. This session will go over the Open API Specification, which is based on Swagger, and demonstrate how its new features are helping describe, expose and connect modern microservices. We will also show how IBM Bluemix, using the Liberty buildpack and API Connect, can be used to propel your Open API applications into the API economy.

Head over to the Session Expert for a full view of all sessions happening at this year’s Interconnect.

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