API Design Management - API and SOA strategies for creating a winning digital enterprise

“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the code has all we need” or “well we have this spreadsheet which has where the data comes from – but it’s going to be out of date”.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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Interoperability Matters For Your Big Data Strategy, Too

In Canonical Models Should Be A Core Component Of Your API Strategy, we explored why your canonical model is so critical to future success with APIs and services. The answer centers on the need for business interoperability among the various constituencies producing and consuming APIs and services. The more widely used you intend your API…

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by Gemma Sindall

Digital Transformation for the largest Enterprises

Many large enterprises are striving to become more agile and innovative in their digital business, in response to upstarts encroaching on market share. Learn how the ignite Service Design Platform helps these firms beat the competition by building and leveraging an effective portfolio of API’s and Web Services, retaining the advantages of size while nimbly…

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Update Your Reuse Strategy For The Era of APIs, Mobile, And Cloud

Enterprises pursing a SOA strategy over the last decade often put increasing reuse high on their list of objectives, reasoning that they were wasting a lot of money on needlessly redundant copies of the same services, also driving up maintenance costs. Yet many firms have struggled to achieve meaningful reuse, and some have either given…

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Why API Code Generation is like printing colour in Black and White

We want to get results quicker don’t we? Building services and APIs is no different. How do we get services tested, deployed and being useful sooner? That’s easy isn’t it? I’ll use a code generator to speed things up. All I need to do is make a WSDL, WADL or Swagger file from my specifications…

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Where Is The API Economy Heading, And What Does That Mean For You?

In Why You Must Respond To The API Economy, we examined the growing number of reasons why firms are embracing #API’s as a key enabler. Whether you’re exposing core capabilities as a digital business, supporting mobile apps, monetizing data assets, building a developer or partner ecosystem, or all of the above, APIs are key to…

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