API Lifecycle: Plan Stage (Part 1 of 4)
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A New Spin on the Not-so-old API Lifecycle There are tons of informative API Lifecycle guides out there, and they’re all a bit different. We believe in a design-first approach, because it allows you to speed through the other phases (like Build and Run) while keeping human error to a minimum. Of course, the API lifecycle […]

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How To Get Digital In 3 Months (Infographic)

First things first — What does get digital even mean?  There were many moments along the way when we thought we knew, from the point-to-point spaghetti messes to the SOA days. But each time, a new methodology came forward to outperform the one before it, despite the copious amounts of hours, energy, and budget invested. If […]

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Introducing Accelerators, a New Lite Interface in ignite

This week we’re excited to announce the release of ignite accelerators, a new lite interface that can be found in the ignite API and Service design management platform. They streamline the building of well-designed artifacts that help you create your portfolio faster. In a few questions and a couple minutes you get customized, consistent, and […]

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Business Capability APIs vs. Exposure APIs

Design is all about understanding and remembering the purpose of what you are building. A convertible is fun to drive, but pretty useless if you need to bring some lumber back from the store – a pickup would work better. Unsurprisingly, APIs are no different. Some APIs need to simply provide a more convenient way […]

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“Code First” vs. API Design Management

Defining “Design Management” Often I hear comments like “we don’t need to maintain a design document as the code has all we need” or “well we have this spreadsheet which has where the data comes from – but it’s going to be out of date”. Or perhaps even worse is when someone has documents, diagrams […]

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Using Query Types To Enable More Dynamic API Behavior

I recently attended SXSW 2015 and heard a great panel discussion titled “Secrets To Powerful APIs” with Erik Michaels-Ober (Soundcloud), Jim Heising (IFTTT), Wynn Netherland (GitHub), and Leah Culver (DropBox). Among many other interesting things the panelists said was their uniform agreement that they don’t use HATEOAS (Hypertext As The Engine Of Application State) API […]

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Do Schemas Still Matter?

When contemplating the significance of powerful “schema-less” NoSQL databases and Big Data environments, architects may wonder, “do schemas still matter?” Even if you’re pretty sure they do, there’s plenty of scope to wonder just how and why and under what circumstances. How should schemas figure into your information management strategy going forward? What is a […]

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Govern All Types Of Data, In Motion And At Rest, To Gain Deeper Insights And Consistent Business Outcomes

In my opening session at digitalML’s fifth annual customer Forum, the Service Design Forum, I presented this slide to guide a discussion of the way Data Governance has evolved in this era of OmniChannel experiences and Big Data: The blue layers represent all your data, whether in motion or at rest, and I’ve called out […]

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Heard At The Forum: Design Matters To Enabling APIs And Big Data To Succeed In Large Enterprises

It felt good to be attending digitalML’s fifth annual customer Forum, the Service Design Forum at the beautiful Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, as digitalML’s Chief Customer Officer. I’ve presented at every other customer Forum in prior years as a Forrester analyst, and now that I’ve joined digitalML, I’m feeling so much more engaged in […]

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