March 22nd, 2013

Enterprise Mobility & BYOD – Live Interactive Q&A

BYOD Tech TalkCalling all Enterprise Architects, Application Architects and Senior Developers! For our next API Tech Talk, we’ll be discussing Enterprise Mobility & BYOD live on March 26 at 9am PST. My special guests will be Layer 7 VP of Client Services Matt McLarty and Product Manager for Mobile Leif Bildoy.

The BYOD movement seems to be changing the hardware landscape permanently and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Naturally, this presents both opportunities and challenges. Security managers within the enterprise have less control then ever. “Anywhere access” has blurred the lines of what used to be called the corporate network perimeter.

So what are CIOs and CTOs specifically worried about with BYOD? Well for one, mobile devices can easily go missing while containing sensitive data and employers often cannot even assess the impact of data security breaches from compromised devices. But locking down employees’ personal devices is generally not an option.

So how can enterprises re-assert control over their data assets while still allowing employees to use their own smartphones as they choose? We’ll be discussing this and other questions during out live, interactive Q&A. So, be sure to clear your calendar and join in the discussion on March 26 at 9am PST.

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February 25th, 2013

SSO & OAuth for Mobile Apps – Live Discussion, Feb 26

OAuth SSO Tech TalkIn case you haven’t heard, we are living in the age of mobile applications and the APIs that power them. Sometimes it’s called the API economy.

Smart phones are ubiquitous, social networks are the norm and we are connected to applications on our devices all the time. We love applications like Instagram, Twitter, Evertnote and Snapchat. But we don’t like signing in and out of each of these applications across networks or devices. It’s awkward and cumbersome and we’re often doing it while on the go or commuting, with only one hand to use while tapping in our passwords. Besides, who wants to remember all those passwords anyway? And it’s not safe to use the same one for every application.

This is the major downside of using all these great new mobile applications. Most of us would gladly invite a scenario where we’d only need to log in once to access multiple applications. There’s social login – but is it safe and is our privacy secure? Remember what happened to Burger King’s Twitter account? Enter Single-Sign-On & OAuth for Mobile Applications.

On Tuesday Feb 26, we’ll be hosting a live interactive Tech Talk on security and Single Sign-On (SSO) for mobile applications. And I’m excited to welcome back Layer 7′s Chief Architect and resident OAuth expert Francois Lascelles. He’ll discuss how to provide SSO for mobile applications, without compromising the security of the apps or the APIs that power them. Francois will also be taking your questions throughout the Tech Talk. So, this will be a great opportunity to get answers to your questions about your own applications and the security that surrounds them.

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January 28th, 2013

Growing Your APIs in the Amazon Cloud

Amazon Tech TalkPutting applications in the cloud can reduce overall IT costs and deliver greater scalability. Cost considerations are always a concern in IT infrastructures but scalability may be the most important benefit of hosting applications in the cloud. Leveraging the elasticity of Amazon’s cloud infrastructure can allow you to scale your APIs to match market demand. Amazon Web Services provides tooling that can help you be quicker to market with your APIs.

But do interfaces hosted on AWS and exposed to third-party developers contain significant vulnerabilities? Cloud services allow third-party access to applications and data through APIs. Failing to properly secure that access can put the data and applications at risk. So, how do you safely expose APIs in a cloud environment?

Understanding the cloud API model isn’t always easy. So, on January 29, we’re having a live discussion about publishing APIs in the AWS cloud, which may help answer questions surrounding exposing APIs in cloud environments. I’m excited to welcome Layer 7 Technologies Senior Software Developer Hirbod (Rod) Moshfeghi as our special guest for this API Tech Talk. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered and to discuss the implications of publishing cloud-based APIs.

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December 7th, 2012

Tech Talk Tuesday: Applying the USE Paradigm When Designing Your APIs

Mike Amundsen Tech TalkOnce again, it’s time for Tech Talk Tuesday here at Layer 7 Technologies. I’m particularly excited about this latest one, as we’ll be welcoming back Mike Amundsen, a Principal API Architect at Layer 7 and an in-demand thought leader on API design and implementation.

This time around, Mike will be talking about Applying the USE Paradigm When Designing Your APIs.  The USE (Usable, Scalable, Evolvable) paradigm provides an extremely useful guide when creating high-level interfaces for your existing business objects and data storage.

Mike will be taking live questions on the USE paradigm and API design generally, so get ready to get involved. Tweet questions with the hashtag #layer7live or email techtalk@layer7.com. On the day, you can watch and chat live on the Tech Talk page.

This looks set to be a very special Tech Talk for anyone interested in API architecture and design – so don’t miss out; join us on Tuesday!

November 15th, 2012

Optimizing Cloud-Driven Mobile Apps – Tech Talk Featuring Alex Gaber

Alex Gaber Tech TalkI’m excited to welcome back our API Evangelist Alex Gaber to do his second Tech Talk. Back by popular demand, Alex will take your questions on Optimizing Cloud-Driven Mobile Apps. Alex is a dynamic speaker who knows the app economy inside and out, has built several of his own mobile apps and regularly host hackathons all over the globe.

Building cloud- and API-driven mobile apps introduces complex challenges around syncing, caching and securing data. So, connect live with Layer 7 on Tuesday November 20, at 9am Pacific Time, when Alex will be answering your questions about how to address these challenges. Alex will also provide insight into a range of related best practices, including techniques for building cross-platform applications in HTML 5.

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