Sam Macklin

Sam Macklin

Sam Macklin is Layer 7's Web Content Producer.

October 30th, 2013

5 Horrors of API Mismanagement

5 Horrors of API MismanagementAt Layer 7, we decided to have a bit of fun with Halloween this year. In the spirit of all things spooky and scary, we created a little online game called 5 Horrors of API Mismanagement. It’s pretty simple: you just explore our haunted house to discover five deadly pitfalls that today’s API programs run into with terrifying regularity.

Of course, there’s a serious point to all the festive fun and games. Enterprises have a lot to gain from opening their backend systems to Web and mobile applications but – without appropriate controls in place – the impact on IT security and performance could be horrifying. Getting caught up in a mismanaged API program would be a truly spine-chilling experience.

Fear not, though. Finish the game and we’ll show you the way out of the haunted house and towards a well-managed API strategy. Happy Halloween!

March 6th, 2013

New Layer 7 eBook: 5 Ways Every Telco Can Benefit from APIs

Telco eBookThe recent Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona reminded us about the growing importance of APIs to the telecommunications sector. Telco was actually one of the first sectors to show an interest in APIs but most carriers have still not taken full advantage of the opportunities presented by APIs and some have got their fingers burned trying to court the long tail of third-party app developers.

Still, with Web and mobile technologies creating competition from outside the telco sector, carriers need ways to quickly adapt to technological change – and APIs provide the perfect solution. APIs allow telcos to open up their services for efficient repurposing by internal developers and partner organizations, creating opportunities for being quick to market with innovative new offerings.

Layer 7’s latest eBook 5 Ways Every Telco Can Benefit from APIs provides an overview of how carriers can realize these opportunities. If you visited the Layer 7 booth at MWC, you might have picked up the print version of this handsome document. If not, don’t hesitate to download the electronic version.

December 20th, 2012

Top 5 Layer 7 Blog Posts from 2012

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Top 5 Layer 7 Blog Posts of 2012To follow up on our Top 5 Resources post from last week, here’s a look at the five most popular, most thought-provoking or just-plain-best posts from the Layer 7 blog in 2012. Mainly though, these are just personal favorites and I should note that they’re arranged chronologically (oldest first), not in order or preference.

The Oracle-Versus-Google Verdict Comes Down
June saw a remarkable amount of media coverage focusing on the world of APIs, as the Oracle/Google court case made headlines. Layer 7’s Jaime Ryan was relieved that the ruling stated APIs are not protected by copyright. Jaime said: “By taking a strong stand on the issue… the judge has possibly prevented a whole new round of lawsuits that could have rivaled the still-ongoing Apple/Samsung/Google patent wars.”
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Are Open APIs Too Open for Big Business?
In July, Ronnie Mitra took a detailed look at how nervous major social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook were becoming about their open APIs and concluded that “enterprises will need to adapt or risk being unable to reach their customers as the device revolution continues at its explosive pace… Organizations need to think carefully and plan their API strategies in order to find the perfect balance between control and accessibility.”
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Why I Still Like OAuth
In the midst the controversy surrounding July’s formalization of OAuth 2.0, Scott Morrison launched a passionate, though qualified, defense of the standard. Scott argued that “sometimes you just have to declare a reasonable victory and deal with the consequences later. OAuth isn’t perfect, nor is it easy. But it’s needed and it’s needed now, so let’s all forget the personality politics and just get it done.”
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History Repeats: The Search for Agility & Reuse Through APIs
This September, Dimitri Sirota visited the SDP Global Summit in Rome and noticed how much of the discussion around telecom carriers’ API initiatives echoed the SOA talk of a decade ago. He noted “telco after telco (echoed) the decade-old SOA mantra of abstraction, agility and reuse when talking about their new API initiatives… But if Web APIs are to deliver on the SOA vision of agility and reuse, they will need some of the same plumbing that made Web services work.”
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RESTful or Not?
Also in September, Mike Amundsen provided an explanation of the key term “RESTful”, which is so often used in reference to APIs and Web services. Mike explained: “Essentially, REST… is a style. Specifically, it’s a style of network-based software architecture. This style was first defined in 2000 by Roy Fielding. Fielding stated that ‘an architectural style is a coordinated set of architectural constraints that has been given a name for ease of reference’.”
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December 10th, 2012

Top 5 Resources from Layer 7 in 2012

Top Layer 7 ResourcesThis year has seen incredible growth in the API economy, particularly as it relates to the proliferating mobile app ecosystem. At Layer 7 technologies, we are committed to helping enterprises understand these issues through a range of thought leadership activities. As a part of this, we’ve published a great deal of content in our Resource Library during 2012. With the year drawing to a close, it seems like a great opportunity to review some of the most popular pieces.

We tackled issues around mobile and BYOD head-on in a white paper called Secure Mobile Access for Enterprise Employees, which describes how enterprises can securely open their data and application functionality to mobile devices via custom-made apps. Another popular white paper was Federated Identity & Single Sign-On, which explores identity federation for API, mobile, SOA and cloud.

Our webinars featuring input from Forrester Research also drew a lot of interest, especially A Practical Guide to API Security & OAuth for the Enterprise, which provided real-world insight into deploying OAuth as the access control component of a complete API Management solution. Forrester also helped us explore enterprise mobile enablement in another webinar, How to Make Your Enterprise Applications Mobile Ready, Fast.

Looking to the future, Layer 7 will be publishing a series of eBooks, outlining essentials for addressing key issues around API Management and Mobile Access. We got a great reaction from the first of these, called 5 Ways to Get Top Mobile App Developer Talent for Your Open APIs. Over the coming months, we’ll also be publishing eBooks talking about mobile enablement and OAuth. Be sure to watch out for those!

June 29th, 2012

Upcoming Webinar: How to Run a Successful Hackathon for Your Open APIs

Hackathon WebinarHackathons are exploding in popularity and open API publishers are quickly realizing the power these intensive programming sessions have to attract developers. For API publishers, hackathons represent one of the most powerful means for growing an API’s profile and engaging directly with talented developers.

On July 12, Layer 7 will be presenting a live webinar called How to Run a Successful Hackathon for Your Open APIs. This interactive one-hour session will give you the key knowledge you will need in order to use hackathons as a tool for engaging app developers and building a community around your open APIs.

For this webinar, we will be joined by leading API evangelist and author Kin Lane who will deliver real-world advice on how to organize hackathons that will truly contribute to the success of your API publishing program. Click here to get more information and to register for the webinar today.