April 27th, 2012

Tech Talk Tuesday: Developer Management

API Developer Management

Time for another Tech Talk Folks. API developer management. During this interactive one-hour event, we’ll be discussing how enterprises can attract, engage and manage developers for their open APIs.

Open APIs allow enterprises to build communities of third-party developers around their applications and data. But many enterprises struggle to ensure developers actually use these APIs to build apps that deliver real value.

On Tuesday May 1 (add to your calendar) we’ll be offering real-world developer management strategies that will help you get maximum benefit from your APIs.

So be sure to come to the Layer 7 Facebook page at 9am PDT.

How to Attend:

Just visit the Layer 7 Facebook page at 9am PDT on May 1 and click the Livestream icon.

Don’t have Facebook? Simply click here to watch directly through Livestream.

Submit questions on Facebook or use the Twitter hash-tag #layer7live

How to Submit Questions:

On Facebook

•    Click on the Livestream PLAY button to join the stream
•    Click the red “Check in to Chat” button to submit questions

On Twitter
•    Tweet questions with the hashtag #layer7live

Guest Expert: Dana Crane

As Product Manager for Layer 7′s API Portal, Dana Crane sets the direction of the company’s newest product.
His involvement in creating this product has given him deep insight into what it takes to build active developer communities around open APIs.
Dana holds a BSc from the University of Toronto and a diploma in hard knocks from the Internet boom.

Add to Your Calendar

April 13th, 2012

Tech Talk Tuesday: Caching & API Optimization

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Geoff Duck Tech Talk TuesdayHere we go again – time for another Tech Talk Tuesday. It’s live, unscripted, interactive and it’s going to be awesome – especially if you love to talk Caching & API Optimization.

We’ve simplified SOAP to REST, we’ve explained OAuth and now, during this interactive one-hour event, we’ll be discussing how open API publishers can optimize the delivery and performance of their APIs using techniques like caching. But it’s a live event, so you never know what might happen, with questions coming fast and from all over the globe.

If you haven’t joined us in the past – take a look at these episodes here on our official Layer 7 YouTube page. They’ll give you a good idea of what Tech Talk Tuesday is all about.

Our special guest this week is Geoff Duck, a Senior Developer and innovative superstar at Layer 7. He’s smart, good looking and thinks fast on his feet. He regularly works with Layer 7 customers, helping them implement API management and SOA governance best practices – so here‘s your chance to interact live with one of our top developers.

We look forward to seeing you there. Get your questions ready and then, on Tuesday (at 9am PST), simply go to our Facebook page, click the Livestream tab and hit play. It’s super easy.

See you Tuesday!

April 10th, 2012

Faking the Cloud in API Management

API Management - Infrastructure Versus SaaSThe CEO of competitor API management provider Mashery recently mentioned a post I wrote discussing tradeoffs of infrastructure-based versus service-based solutions when it comes to API management. Unintentionally, my original post has apparently hit a nerve.

Oren suggests that a “true” Cloud solution can only be SaaS-based. While Amazon Web Services, among others, may take umbrage at that definition, I am also a little confused by Oren’s statement since, by most definitions Mashery, is not a SaaS. Typically, a SaaS provides self-enrollment and self-service aspects. Mashery may let you manage your APIs in the Cloud like Layer 7 or Apigee but it doesn’t do this without help from engagement consultants. In that way, they are more akin to IBM than Salesforce.

In the end, our customers don’t get too caught up in Cloud semantics. Some of our customers want to own a solution, others “rent”. Some want a solution in a data-center, others in a public Cloud. We understand that different deployment models are needed to accommodate different needs. If a Cloud deployment is what you are after, try several vendors, verify what you get and compare each solution’s strengths.

April 4th, 2012

Upcoming Webinar: Developer Engagement for Open API Initiatives

Layer 7 - RedMonk WebinarThe recently-published Layer 7 white paper Secure Mobile Access for Enterprise Employees points out that, from a business perspective, the real value of mobile devices is not in the devices themselves – it is in the apps that run on these devices. Similarly, from a technical perspective, while APIs hold a great deal of potential value for enterprises, developers hold the key that unlocks this potential.

Value comes not from devices or APIs as such – it comes from developers and the applications they build for these devices, against these APIs. To get true value from its APIs, an organization must take a developer-centric approach: reaching out to get developers on board; providing support to help developers use APIs effectively; tracking API usage to identify the most valuable developers; managing APIs to ensure developers can create applications that work consistently.

Our upcoming webinar Developers, Developers, Developers – The Secret to Running a Successful API Management Program will explore tools and techniques for developer-centric API management. Presented by Layer 7 CTO Scott Morrison and RedMonk analyst James Governor, this webinar will take place at 9am PDT on April 19. Space is limited, so don’t hesitate – sign up today!

March 8th, 2012

QCon London 2012 is the Place to be this Week

QCon LogoI’m off to London for QCon 2012, the Sixth International Software Development Conference (March 7-9). I am one of the track chairs for this meeting. I’ve just learned that the show is now sold out but there is a waiting list if you haven’t already registered. All indications are that this is going to be an outstanding conference, so if there is any way you can attend, you should make the effort.

I’m hosting a track this Friday, called Industrial-Strength Architecture for Integration & Web Computing. Here’s how I described the track to potential speakers:

The enterprise is demanding more from the Web than ever before. No longer content with simple Web application delivery, the new enterprise Web has become an integration point between mobile devices, browsers, legacy systems and third-party Web apps. It is a difficult balancing act. The new enterprise Web is highly scalable but can also reconcile the different service level expectations across each participant. At its core, it enables agile product delivery while maintaining extreme reliability. In this track, we will study the architectural challenges faced by the enterprise that needs to harness the Web as a rich delivery channel — and highlight the real-world solutions that address these challenges. We will explore the intersection where trends such as virtualization, noSQL, JSON, OAuth, APIs and mobile apps meet. Join us to understand the fine tuning between milliseconds and dollars that can make the difference between wild success and disappointing mediocrity.

I’m fortunate to have a great roster of speakers, including Theo Schlossnagle from Omniti, Paul Fremantle from WSO2, John Davies from Incept5 and finally both Marcus Kern and David Dawson from Mobile Interactive Group.

I’m also going to chair a panel titled Integration at Scale: Lessons Learned from the New Enterprise Web. This one promises to be a very interesting discussion:

The mobile device revolution has upended our traditional view of the World Wide Web. The enterprise Web is now about integration: connecting any device to to any data, reliably and under wildly-fluctuating load. How has this affected Web architecture and what changes in the day-to-day operation of the Web resource? Join us for this panel of senior enterprise architects, each of whom has met the challenge of the new enterprise Web.

The panel line up consists of David Laing from CityIndex, Neels Burger from MoneySuperMarket.com, Neil Pellinacci form Tanzarine Technology and Parand Tony Darugar from Xpenser. Each brings tremendous experience to the panel and bringing them all together is going to make for a lively and informative debate. I’m looking forward to it.

Hope to see you in London!