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)

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)

Happy API Year!

It’s that time of year when we look back at the year that has passed and ahead to what will come. As I think back over 2016 it was one of my most exciting years in my 35 year career at IBM. The interest around the world in all continents (okay, I did not go to Antarctica) and in all industries was incredible. I met hundreds of people in roles from C-level executives to developers who all wanted to discuss what is going on in the API Economy. What were the most common questions I was asked? …  Continue reading Happy API Year!

Identifying API Use Cases in Property and Casualty Insurance – White paper available

The next paper in the industry use case series is now available and focuses on the Property and Casualty Insurance industry. The insurance industry is becoming very active in the API economy. Insurance is a data-intensive business, and accessing data quickly across the enterprise, using data in new ways and interfacing with partners rapidly can provide competitive differentiation. In this paper we cover use cases across a wide variety of scenarios – internal, partnering, social, analytics, and more.  Continue reading Identifying API Use Cases in Property and Casualty Insurance – White paper available

Node.js Profiling Tools and Resources

Using Profiling techniques it is possible to generate views of CPU and memory utilization for your applications, detect memory leaks and/or CPU issues and then take action to optimize your code. There are several tools to help you profile your node.js code. The purpose of this blog is to help gather pointers to the tools together into a single place.  Continue reading Node.js Profiling Tools and Resources

Identifying API Use Cases in Government – White paper available

The next paper in the industry use case series is now available and focuses on the Government. Government is particularly challenging to cover because of the breadth of topics included – crossing all the levels of government and then within these everything from social services, taxation, safety/law enforcement, education, and much more. We have tried to provide examples across the spectrum to give a taste of the possibilities for API use cases across a wide variety of scenarios – internal, partnering, social, analytics, and more.  Continue reading Identifying API Use Cases in Government – White paper available