December 23rd, 2013

Thanks to All Who’ve Been Good This Year

Layer 7 Holiday Promo 2013The year 2013 has been one heck of an adventure for me. My work with Layer 7, CA Technologies and the API Academy team (yes, we have many names!) has taken me around the world, allowed me to speak at several amazing conferences and provided the chance to interact with some remarkable organizations working on APIs for the Web and enterprise. Along the way, I’ve met many incredibly smart and generous people.

In the last year, I’ve worked with organizations striving to reinvent the role of the enterprise architect from a controlling force to an enabler – a person who ensures the development environment is a safe place to be creative; a person who provides help to product groups and development teams via research and guidance taken from a wide range of sources; someone who works to empower teams and cut down on unneeded ceremony and red tape. These are good people and they’ve been a pleasure to work with and learn from along the way.

I’ve also met many conference organizers and community leaders doing essentially the same thing from a different angle. Along the way, I’ve met people who are devoting huge chunks of time, effort and resources to creating events that improve communication, facilitate collaboration and foster success across a range of communities. It’s been really amazing to be a part of these events and to meet so many giving and open people working toward a common goal.

My experience online has been equally enlightening. In the last year, I’ve “met” many new and interesting people, discovered several helpful efforts and organizations. I am lucky that I can learn something new every day online from those I’d likely never meet in person, simply because we are physically far apart.

One experience in particular has marked 2013 for me. I had the honor to work closely with Leonard Richardson on a book project – RESTful Web APIs. It was Leonard’s idea to create the book and I was happy he invited me to help shape the message and content. I’ve learned a great deal from him and I can see the results of that work in online comments and reviews. I am pleased to be associated with Leonard’s talent and vision.

There’s a common thread through all these experiences: I’ve had the luck and privilege of meeting many “good” people this year. This blog post is my way to give a blanket shout out to everyone who challenged me, taught me, invited me, supported me and hosted me in so many ways in the last year. Thanks!

As another small way of saying thanks, we’re offering several free copies of the RESTful Web APIs book to some of those who’ve been “good” this year. All you need to do is add yourself to our “nice list” (go ahead, you know you deserve it). We’ll be giving away a couple dozen copies of the book soon after the holidays.

So, again, thanks to all for your help and support in 2013. And look out for us in 2014 – things are just getting started!

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!

July 26th, 2013

Next Tech Talk: CDN API Management Using Optimized API Distribution

API Tech Talk T-ShirtGet ready for Layer 7’s next API Tech Talk, coming up on Wednesday July 31 at 9am PDT. This live, interactive event will feature Akamai’s Gary Ballabio alongside our very own Francois Lascelles, chatting about CDN API Management Using Optimized API Distribution.

Right now, APIs are playing a central role in content providers’ efforts to maximize customer engagement by leveraging emerging online channels via cloud-based content distribution networks (CDNs).

But CDNs and API publishing have raised new access management and SLA enforcement challenges for content providers. On Wednesday, Gary and Francois will explain how content providers can tackle these challenges via entitlement checks, access history and analytics.

Our presenters will also be taking your questions and comments throughout the Tech Talk. And if they answer your question during the live stream, we’ll send you one of our highly desirable, limited edition Tech Talk T-shirts.

Click here to get the full event details and a reminder in your calendar. On the day of the event, join us at:

You can ask questions throughout the stream by chatting or tweeting. Alternatively, just email your questions in advance so that Gary and Francois can give you some really in-depth answers on the day.

See you on Wednesday!

August 1st, 2012

Mobile Security & Management for the Enterprise: SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway

Layer 7 SecureSpan Mobile Access GatewayThese days, enterprises face an increasing array of Mobile Access challenges, from BYOD to mobile device management. We live in an increasingly mobile and app-based world. More and more enterprises have mobile-enabled workforces that need access to enterprise data from personal smartphones and tablets.

But how do enterprises balance access control with the individual’s right to choose the apps they want? How do enterprises grant access to sensitive on-premise data via mobile devices without compromising security?

Enterprises need secure ways to surface internal information assets in mobile ready formats that can be easily consumed by both mobile developers and the apps they create. They need simplified ways to manage how enterprise applications and systems get exposed to mobile developers and apps.

Layer 7′s new SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway does just that by streamlining the process of adapting internal data, application and security infrastructure for mobile use. Delivered as a policy pack extension to our SecureSpan API Proxy/SOA Gateway, the Mobile Access Gateway provides a centralized way to control security and management policies for information assets exposed via APIs to mobile developers and apps.

Contest: Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card
To celebrate the general availability of the SecureSpan Mobile Access Gateway, we’re having a Twitter contest and giving away a $250 Amazon gift card.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Retweet the following:

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2. Don’t have twitter and still want to enter? Just leave a comment on this post, telling us your favorite mobile app.

The contest ends Aug 8 at noon. The winner will be drawn at random. If you win, we’ll send you a direct message on Twitter to let you know.