API Connect Hands-On Lab: Learn how to Create, Manage, and Socialize your APIs!

In March 2016, we announced the release of the API Connect platform on IBM Bluemix, a robust API creation and management tool that powers businesses to create modern digital applications. Since the release, the platform has been continuing to evolve as we add a number of new capabilities to the platform. To make it easier…  Continue reading API Connect Hands-On Lab: Learn how to Create, Manage, and Socialize your APIs!

Announcing IBM API Connect on Docker Hub

We’re excited to announce the official IBM API Connect public Docker repository, a solution to help you streamline and accelerate your organization's journey into the API economy. By installing IBM API Connect Docker images, you can run a complete IBM API Connect on-premises environment on your local machine. Docker is a powerful software platform that…  Continue reading Announcing IBM API Connect on Docker Hub

Why your business needs APIs (and why your APIs need IBM API Connect)

Many businesses are trying to figure out how or if APIs and the API economy are applicable or needed for their business. And if they are needed, what API management vendor is the right choice to help them succeed. The paper, “Why your business needs APIs (and why your APIs need IBM API Connect)” is now available to help answer these questions.   Continue reading Why your business needs APIs (and why your APIs need IBM API Connect)

Proxying SOA Services with API Connect

In today's computing environment, an enterprise needs the ability to bring together information obtained from multiple sources into one lightweight and nimble application. This recombination of information from multiple providers, such as weather plus location plus traffic plus airline schedules, delivers new value to users. Enterprise users now want fast and nimble applications produced by…  Continue reading Proxying SOA Services with API Connect

Up and Running with API Connect on Cloud… Now What?

Once an API implementation achieves initial success, developers request the following improvements or enhancements: URL that identifies the enterprise domain Secure connection to and from enterprise network Enhanced authentication using enterprise repositories Greater control of infrastructure updates Load balancing to multiple instances API Connect on cloud is delivered as a Bluemix service. This enables clients…  Continue reading Up and Running with API Connect on Cloud… Now What?

Software Industry API Use Cases – Eating Our Own Cooking

Many of the use cases associated with businesses in the Software industry are the same as Retail. After all, companies that create software products, sell them. In the case of software, sometimes the software is installed on premise and other times it is used in the cloud as a service (XaaS). But, in either mode the basic retail use cases apply. In this software industry blog I’ll look at use cases that are specific to the Software industry which are in addition to the retail scenarios.   Continue reading Software Industry API Use Cases – Eating Our Own Cooking

API Connect Secure Gateway Integration Part 2 : Leveraging on-premise API resources

In the first part of the blog, we created a LoopBack API for an on-premises MySql Database and modeled one of the tables within the database. In part 2, we will expose this newly created on-premise API securely using the Secure Gateway functionality integrated into API Connect. We first log into our Bluemix Region where…  Continue reading API Connect Secure Gateway Integration Part 2 : Leveraging on-premise API resources

API Connect Secure Gateway Integration Part 1 : Creating a LoopBack API for an on-premises MySql Database

With the growing API economy, the ability to quickly create APIs is essential for a business to stay competitive. But many businesses are faced with a new dilemma when they want create an API to securely expose their backend enterprise data or services to users on the cloud. The Bluemix Secure Gateway Service provides secure…  Continue reading API Connect Secure Gateway Integration Part 1 : Creating a LoopBack API for an on-premises MySql Database

Does size matter? (for your business to participate in the API Economy)

“How big does a business need to be before offering assets via business APIs using IBM API Connect?” I’ll answer a question with a set of questions, all starting with “How big does a business need to be before it …” • Needs a web site? • Needs a mobile App? • Wants to provide great service to its customers? • Needs to partner with other companies (e.g. for supply chain)? • Wants to take advantage of social media? • Wants to reach/obtain new customers? • Wants to bring new offerings to market faster and less costly than they have in the past? • Needs a digital strategy?   Continue reading Does size matter? (for your business to participate in the API Economy)