September 24th, 2012

Upcoming Webinar: Open APIs + Software Competitions = Innovative & Creative Solutions featuring ChallengePost

Layer 7 Challenge Post WebinarOpen API publishers often find themselves testing different strategies for promoting their APIs to developers. Hackathons represent a quick and easy way to get publicity and traction but API publishers often find the effects to be short-lived, with few meaningful mobile apps or Web mash-ups actually getting built.

At Layer 7, we work with our customers to help them drive real and measurable business results from their APIs. One specific method that has proven successful over time is running software competitions. As a partner with the leading online competition platform, ChallengePost, Layer 7 helps customers create developer challenges that get the desired results.

Within the scope of a hackathon – even one with unlimited Red Bull and experienced developers – time constraints will always force teams to cut corners and deliver prototypes or alpha/beta applications. By taking the idea of a hackathon and stretching it out over weeks or months, API publishers see drastically improved results.

Online challenges give developers the time to write quality code and build their applications from alpha, to beta, to production. Developer challenges also give API publishers more meaningful ways to engage with the participating teams. Meanwhile, offering prizes creates incentives that drive real, committed interest from developers.

I’ll be looking more deeply into the ins and outs of developer competitions on October 4, when I co-present a webinar called Open APIs + Software Competitions = Innovative & Creative Solutions, alongside Brandon Kessler of ChallengePost. Click here if you want to see more details of this event or if you’re interested in registering to attend.

August 22nd, 2012

From the Vault: Understanding Mobile IAM with Forrester Research

Forrester WebinarsIn the new hybrid enterprise, organizations need to manage business functions that flow across their domain boundaries in all directions. Increasingly, this means using APIs as conduits for opening up information to services running in the cloud and apps running on mobile devices like the iPad. For enterprises, securing and governing these APIs is not straightforward.

Meanwhile, BYOD is making Mobile Access an urgent issue for enterprises; forcing them to make application functionality available to app developers in a consistent, easily-consumable, mobile-optimized manner, via APIs. Therefore, enterprise technologies are evolving to support API-based mobile interactions.

Identity and access management (IAM) represents a key concern for enterprise IT and it is particularly crucial in BYOD/enterprise mobile scenarios. Mobile IAM requires fundamentally new approaches and the adoption of new standards such as OAuth.

These are some of the most critical issues facing IT departments today but the associated techniques and technologies are not necessarily that well understood in the enterprise world. Therefore, I’d like to take this opportunity to  flag up some relevant webinars from the Layer 7 archive, all of which feature Forrester Research.

If you’re facing the challenge of ensuring secure access in an enterprise mobile scenario, these resources should help you make sense of the issues:

  • How to Make Your Enterprise Applications Mobile Ready, Fast
    Leverage backend mobile middleware to deliver mobile ready enterprise APIs
    Find out more >>
  • Identity, Access & Privacy in the New Hybrid Enterprise
    Make sense of OAuth, OpenID Connect and UMA
    Find out more >>
  • A Practical Guide to API Security & OAuth for the Enterprise
    Implement OAuth as part of an enterprise-level API security solution
    Find out more >>
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.

June 13th, 2012

Mobile Webinar with Forrester Research, Inc. & Eli Lilly

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Forrester-Eli Lily WebinarOn Thursday June 21, Layer 7 will be presenting a live webinar called How to Make Your Enterprise Applications Mobile Ready, Fast, which will include input from Forrester Analyst Jeff Hammond and Tom Nienhaus of Eli Lilly. With issues like BYOD and iPad field enablement becoming increasingly important for many enterprises, this promises to be an extremely interesting webinar.

These issues raise new and highly significant security and management challenges for enterprises. This webinar will look at the most significant mobile challenges facing enterprises and propose some real-world solutions. The goal is to provide practical insight into how on-premise application functionality can be securely exposed, via mobile-friendly APIs, to apps and the developers who build them.

Space is limited so please don’t hesitate to register for the webinar today.

May 24th, 2012

Forrester, ProgrammableWeb & Swagger: Upcoming Webinars

Layer 7 Webinars and Tech TalksThese are eventful times for Layer 7, with staff-members appearing at trade shows across North America and Europe. Notably, our CTO Scott Morrison has been undertaking what he’s termed his APIs, Cloud & Identity Tour. Somehow, Scott is also finding time to take part in a couple of the company’s upcoming Web seminars.

On May 29, he’ll be presenting our latest Tech Talk Tuesday meet-up, titled Swagger, WADL & API ‘Scriptions. This interactive session will take a look at the relative merits of different standards for creating formalized, machine-interpretable API descriptions. For full details on how to view and join in with this event, visit the Tech talk Tuesday page.

The following day, Scott will be reprising the recent webinar Identity, Access & Privacy for the New Hybrid Enterprise, featuring Eve Maler of Forrester Research, Inc. This is a special live presentation for the Asia/Pacific region (at 11am Sydney time/9am Singapore time). For more information, take a look at the webinar registration page.

Scott gets a break when Product Manager Dana Crane takes over webinar duty on June 5 for Getting Your API Discovered: The Secret to API Promotion, featuring ProgrammableWeb Founder John Musser. This session will explore a range of best practices for building a community of API developers. Registration is open now and you can click here to sign up.