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

API monetization: a quick how-to guide

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 24 Apr, 2018

You might not realize it, but data is valuable. How valuable you might ask? That’s a good question. In this blog, I'll tell you how you can turn information you already have into something of value. I believe that value is determined by others. In other words: value is the price that a user will pay for it. This does not mean that you should leave the price to what a user wants to pay for it, but rather define a reasonable price. I will not further discuss pricing (a topic worth a whole series of blogs) but rather focus on how to set up API Monetization from a business perspective.

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Topics: APIs, API Management

Your customers don’t like Pay what you Own either- so stop it

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 27 Mar, 2018

I don’t like the “Pay what you Own” construction used by many software vendors. And as I don’t like it, my customers probably don’t either. Like I explained in last week’s blog, paying for what you own locks people in both technologically and financially, and takes away every opportunity to move forward. The solution lies in switching to a vendor that lets you pay for actual usage, AKA the “Pay what you Use” model. Now let’s say you’re one of those people that made it to the other side, and started working according to this new and fairer principle. How can you expand the Pay what you Use model to your own customers and make them as happy as you are? I’ll tell you below.

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Topics: APIs, API Management, API Strategy

API Security by Design

Posted by Hans Bot on 1 Mar, 2018
One of the key functions of an extended API Management platform, is to increase the API security. In my previous post , I already discussed the Policy Management features WSO2 API Manager brings. And that’s at least a decent start to secure your API’s. Through policies you can enforce controlled access to application functions - without having to rely on a secure implementation. You can also enforce policies to prevent a message overload, potentially threatening the availability of your services. 
 
But there is more to application security than run-time policies alone can bring. This blog discusses the potential to design inherently secure API’s.
 
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Topics: WSO2 API, APIs, API Management