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!

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.