Category Archives: API Management

Connected Business Attributes

Connected Business Transformation

Connected businesses grow revenue and outperform peers by increasing customer engagement, enhancing productivity, and seizing market opportunity.    A connected business seamlessly integrates people, process, and data across an extended value chain, decreases interaction cost, and automatically adapts business activity in response to market events.

The connected business environment is:

  • Integrated: accelerates interactions inside and outside the organization
  • Accessible: reduces interaction friction and cost
  • Collaborative: increases engagement and enhances productivity
  • Adaptive: senses business activity and automatically adapts

Connected Business Attributes

Figure 1: Connected Business Environment Attributes

How do you build an accessible, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive business environment?

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Crafting a SaaS API

A SaaS API must (by definition) serve multiple consumers – tenant organizations that desire programmatic access to SaaS provider business capabilities.  Building a SaaS API goes beyond simply adding a tenant key to your API message parser.

Delivering an effective  API Brand  and standing out from the crowd requires personalizing the API experience per user, tenant, developer, or channel.   API provider teams personalize the API experience by accepting diverse message formats or authentication credentials.   Teams also contextualize the API experience by applying personalized service levels, security policies, governance policies, business rules, or data sources.

Creating a SaaS API requires more than run-time message personalization.   API administration, discovery, exploration, and usage portals must adapt, foster a 1-to-1 relationship, and encourage Long Tail adoption. Â Most API Management platforms do not support multi-tenant presentation of API developer portals or API publisher portals.

With WSO2 API Manager 1.4,  deep multi-tenant support enables you to take your entire API portfolio and segment out only the APIs that are applicable to your developer audience.   The multi-tenant API publisher enables API providers to create a customized lists per constituency.   An organization can present an API portal personalized by role or domain. For example, an API portal for partners, suppliers, distributors, or customers.   The API portal may also be contextualized per distribution channel (e.g. retail, wholesale, institutional, government) or API brand.

Because the infrastructure is multi-tenant, you don’t need to deploy multiple API gateways,  API management back-end infrastructure, or purchase multiple software licenses.

When crafting a SaaS API, consider your ability to present a personalized developer portal and segment APIs by audience.   A multi-tenant API Management platform can help API providers create a compelling brand experience.

Swagger with WSO2 API Manager

APIs are often described in JSON, and XML Schema or XML-based client tooling doesn’t work.  Swagger enables developers to describe the API message, produce API schema documentations, and simplify connecting clients to APIs. The overarching goal of Swagger is to enable client and documentation systems to update at the same pace as the server. The documentation of methods, parameters and models are tightly integrated into the server code, allowing APIs to always stay in sync.  WSO2 API Manager now integrates Swagger code.  Swagger spans six distinct GitHub modules:

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A New IT Plan: Enterprise DevOps PaaS, APIs, and Ecosystems

Open source PaaS, Open APIs, and Open Ecosystems are accelerating agility, empowering developers, and enabling innovative business strategies.  In a recently published white paper, I describe how adopting a New IT plan can create a responsive IT team.

 

The path to New IT requires moving away from traditional application platforms, traditional team structure, and traditional information flows.  Responsive IT teams are adapting their infrastructure, processes and tooling to re-invent the application platform and re-think application delivery.  The New IT architecture underlying Responsive IT intelligently incorporates Cloud Platforms, BigData Analytics, Enterprise DevOps, and API first development.

 

How are you building a pragmatic, open source driven game plan that incorporates New IT approach vectors, Open DevOp PaaS, Open APIs, and Open Ecosystems?

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Policy Management for APIs, Services, and Apps

Policy management is a governance cornerstone, and governance can serve as a foundation underlying an responsive IT organization and business agility.

Governance relies on policy, people, process and technology to guide business activity and deliver consistently positive outcomes. Effective governance channels business activity towards the ‘right path’ by making the right actions the path of least resistance.  Policy management is used to specify the correct behavior, detail exception thresholds, and define corrective actions or notifications.  Leading application services governance platforms deliver advanced policy management by conforming to a flexible architecture, covering significant policy categories, and spanning all lifecycle phases.

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