Everything will have an API

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 28 Aug, 2018

You know that we like APIs. APIs are a simple way to connect to systems and that simplicity is one of the reasons why APIs are becoming more and more popular. Creating a service that is available using an API, as a micro service or as more traditional service, is actually very easy. So I believe everything will have an API in the future. Every mainframe service, every payment service and of course hardware devices in the area of the Internet of Things. Earlier this year an announcement by the company Dynamics Inc. really blew my mind. At CES, the largest tradeshow on electronics (both consumer and business-to-business), they introduced a new credit card called the wallet card. In this blog you will read what’s so special about this credit card.

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Topics: APIs, API Management, API Strategy, Strategy

Innovation is a perpetual process

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 14 Aug, 2018

Innovation is a perpetual process. We in IT know that all too well. As soon as we’re done integrating some sort of hot new technology another piece of technology is already at the horizon. But how do you scout those technologies? You can have your own Research & Development department to do everything yourself, you can do it together with partners and universities or you can even do what big corporations do: buy what they like when the technology is right. But in the end whatever you do it always ends up that it needs to be integrated into your IT landscape and when you’re done it’s back to square one.

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Topics: API, APIs, API Management, API Strategy, Strategy

Strange and remarkable APIs

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 31 Jul, 2018

If you are a frequent reader of my blogs it will not surprise you that I am a big fan of APIs. In this blog, I will take a look at the three most strange and remarkable APIs that caught my eye over the last year or so, showing you that everything can actually become an API. Some of them can even become or be a business model helping you to generate money with the services you offer or the data you own.

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Topics: APIs, API Management, API Strategy, Digital Strategy, Strategy

Subscription Governance in the WSO2 API Developer Portal

Posted by Hans Bot on 5 Jul, 2018

API Management is still a rapidly developing area. Many API Management suppliers have given the API Store little thought. It’s just a portal to advertise API’s. Since store visitors are mostly not involved in product selection, investments have been kept to a minimum. In the meantime, more mature API Publishers have discovered that the functionality of the API Developer’s Portal is vital for the success of their API Management initiative – and possibly of their larger corporate digitization efforts. Consequently, we’re seeing more investment in developer engagement and support.

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Topics: APIs, API Management, API Strategy

Get ready for voice

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 3 Jul, 2018

We have become accustomed to the keyboard as an interface to our computers but increasingly we see new ways of communicating or interfacing with the computer at your horizon. I do not mean the mouse which has been around for the better part of 40 years. I do not mean the touchscreen also a staple of computers and systems and lately also the preferred way of interacting with mobile devices like tablets and smart phone. No, I talk about the interface that we use primarily to talk to other people namely our own voices. 

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Topics: Digital Transformation, APIs, API Management, API Strategy, Digital Strategy, Strategy