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!

Useful Tips for API Connect Liberty Collective

Useful Tips Here are some useful tips to prevent some common user configuration issues. All the Host machines in the collective and the machines where you publish application using the APIC Toolkit must have the same architecture, OS, node version and npm versions. Examples of not to have APIC Toolkit installed on a windows machine…  Continue reading Useful Tips for API Connect Liberty Collective

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

Introducing the API Connect Getting Started Video Series

The API Connect development and support team has provided a series of short technical videos to guide you through some getting started user scenarios. These videos quickly enable you as an API administrator, developer, or consumer to start using API Connect for your business. Access the API Connect technical video series here:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFa8jnU0KqE2eW5E449ziaurv8obSbcou This video series…  Continue reading Introducing the API Connect Getting Started Video Series

The Lazy Approach to Learning the API Connect Developer Toolkit commands

Different Strokes for Different Folks Different developers take different approaches to learning new tools. There are two typical paths: Read first, act after: Read the documentation or online help first to get a thorough understanding of the tools before using them. Act first, read after: "Just do it" and then read the docs or online…  Continue reading The Lazy Approach to Learning the API Connect Developer Toolkit commands