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    September 20, 2019

    Reading Time: 9 minutes Welcome to the next installment of digitalML’s spotlight series! This time around we’re speaking to Principal Consultant Todd Everett, who gives his perspectives on:More efficient business collaboration toolsContainerization using Docker and KubernetesRESTful APIs for exposing just the data you need from large databasesEffective cataloging of APIs and Services in large organizationsEvolving abstracted APIs over time […]

    August 29, 2019

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Digital leaders are leveraging a great API-first strategy to unlock existing functionality using business capability APIs and API products. This facilitates rapid innovation of new digital offerings to provide customers with the best experience possible. Winners are large enterprises building out catalogs containing 1000s of well built, consistent, and reusable APIs which can be easily […]

    June 4, 2019

    Reading Time: 4 minutes This month we’re chatting with Ryan Jones, Senior Developer, who shares his views on: Docker, Kubernetes and containerization for simplifying processes and enabling scalability, The IoT and privacy concerns it brings, How problem solving can be the most rewarding part of his role, Implementing Elastic Search as a cache, and why it’s worth setting up a CI/CD process driven by ignite to give one source of truth for service designs

    May 1, 2019

    Reading Time: 5 minutes Welcome to this new digitalML spotlight series! Our team are a knowledgeable bunch, and we wanted to bring you their useful insights, best practices and general expertise in their fields. Each month we’ll be interviewing a different team member across the digitalML organization.We’re kicking things off with Mark Whitehead, our Platform Director, who shares his views on: Multi- and hybrid […]

    January 19, 2019

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Digital leaders are distinguished by how they structure their IT landscape. The best ones, connect business and IT and enable the flexibility to integrate next gen architecture as needed. We’ve worked with our customers on developing a standardized best practice architecture that integrates with an existing IT landscape, while providing the ability to integrate or […]

    November 29, 2018

    Reading Time: 3 minutes In this post Simon discusses the opportunities that a successful API Management Strategy, as well as a Holistic Abstracted Catalog, unlocks for large enterprises.

    November 28, 2018

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Decisions and steps we have taken that have proven to be effective in implementation of an API Management program: 1. Define security models upfront. Security policies should not be invented on the fly by each API designer. In our case we identified a limited set of security policies which we wanted to support, and the API designer selected from that list. This has resulted in a consistent and reliable security implementation.

    November 27, 2018

    Reading Time: 3 minutes The adoption of an API Management platform within a large organization is a complex multi-year exercise in which the decisions made at the beginning of the process are revealed subsequently to be key drivers of success or failure.  About four years into our API Management implementation I can share a few things which in retrospect could have been done better

    August 6, 2018

    Reading Time: 5 minutes When considering a platform for building and managing abstracted APIs and services, tied to business functions, there are three important questions that the platform should help you answer:What have I got?How should I organize it?How do I expand and evolve it, while keeping it organized?What have I got?Cataloging and recording what you already have is […]

    July 31, 2018

    Reading Time: 3 minutes All large enterprises share one major problem – siloed systems. Yet, the information and services locked away in these silos is essential for moving forward with new digital initiatives. One of the reasons a company like Amazon can create such fear at even a hint of moving into a new market, is that they’ve evolved […]

    June 1, 2018

    Reading Time: 6 minutes This is part 2 of a series on adaptable canonical model management. In part one we discussed the two polaric states of a Canonical Data Model that we typically see in an enterprise setting; too much or not enough. Here, we’ll cover the ideal state and how our ignite platform provides many critical features to get there.A quick refresher: Domain-driven design […]

    April 25, 2018

    Reading Time: 5 minutes This post is for anyone who designs, models, produces, or consumes services (APIs, events, messages, etc.) at a large enterprise.A Canonical Data Model and canonical schema is designed to define business entities in a standard manner, including the structure, attributes and data format. As a result, the models tend to be very large and often […]

    April 11, 2018

    Reading Time: 5 minutes Today we discuss the pros and cons of developing with business capability APIs, or internal APIs, with IT expert Andy Medlicott. Pro: No More Drowning in DetailsPerhaps the most significant pro is the ability to get ahead of the details. Developers know the detail is too much. Details are where bugs creep in. Take what we […]

    April 9, 2018

    Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s A New Channel in TownIt’s called the API channel — and it’s quickly gaining footing with the others (mobile, web, branch, ATM).The API channel is special, in that it not only sits next to the other channels, but it also supports them — APIs increase the speed, quality, and functionality behind every digital touchpoint where digital business occurs. So it’s […]

    January 28, 2018

    Reading Time: 6 minutes The API Management TheoryIn an effort to dip into digital, many turn to API Management solutions to launch a handful of public APIs – but often, the theory doesn’t match the desired outcome.A common strategy assumes there’s vast monetization behind Open Web APIs, B2B APIs, and Product APIs. It typically starts small to prove the […]

    September 28, 2016

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Design is all about understanding and remembering the purpose of what you are building. A convertible is fun to drive, but pretty useless if you need to bring some lumber back from the store – a pickup would work better. Unsurprisingly, APIs are no different.Some APIs need to simply provide a more convenient way of […]

    September 27, 2016

    Reading Time: 5 minutes When designing great APIs you have a massive opportunity to help your business create new revenue streams and partnership opportunities. The API consumption patterns, the business usage, and the universe with which your APIs will interact, make up your API design – in fact, understanding these is required for success. One of the best practices […]

    February 6, 2014

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Using a canonical model for data in motion through Web (SOA) services means you’re following the widely adopted and successful canonical schema design pattern . But even in the fast-moving and rapidly evolving world of APIs (most often REST style, often with JSON payloads), it’s no less important to include canonicalization in your strategy.Why? On the simplest level, the case for […]