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    September 14, 2020

    Reading Time: 5 minutes For large enterprises looking to mature their API strategies, role enablement across the API and Service lifecycle is key. In this post we’ll take a look at 2 API and Service development strategies – top-down and bottom-up – and provide recommendations on how to deliver a force multiplier for developers, architects, product owners etc., for […]

    September 1, 2020

    Reading Time: 7 minutes In a previous post, we looked at why a holistic API and Service catalog is a great solution for large enterprises looking to accelerate their digital and API strategy. A holistic catalog offers a unified view of all your digital assets (not just APIs but also legacy services (e.g. SOAP web services), information models, taxonomies […]

    August 28, 2020

    Reading Time: 4 minutes A key determinant of your enterprise’s API and Service strategy success is not only how many APIs and Services you’ve developed, how much business and technical capability coverage you’ve built out (and how many people can contribute to it). A vital factor of success is how high-quality your portfolio is. The best APIs and Services […]

    July 30, 2020

    Reading Time: 3 minutes digitalML recently sponsored a report with IDC on how Digital Transformation Success Requires an API-Centric Approach written by Shawn Fitzgerald, Research Director, Digital Transformation Strategies. While we recommend reading the report in its entirety (you can download it here), there were a few interesting finds that we wanted to highlight for our blog readers. IDC […]

    July 29, 2020

    Reading Time: 8 minutes Digital banking ecosystems are beginning to flourish in the UK. Early legislation and adoption of open banking, and the subsequent rise of fintech disruptors, means the UK has had a head start in a number of areas at digital, at least when it comes to the Western world. While the future is still uncertain when it comes to digital, it’s going to be driven by an API-first approach.

    May 27, 2020

    Reading Time: 4 minutes  In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at current approaches to the API Lifecycle in large organizations, and some shortfalls these present when it comes to delivering on their API strategies – particularly speed and scale of API delivery. We’ll also provide a recommended approach to the API Lifecycle; focusing on plan, […]

    April 24, 2020

    Reading Time: 4 minutes The current COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way we interact with products and services, and as a result is pushing large enterprises to digitally transform in weeks-months instead of the years set out in many of their digital strategies. In this post, digitalML’s CEO Jeremy Sindall shares his predictions for how the next level […]

    March 30, 2020

    Reading Time: 5 minutes Digital (and disruptive technology) is opening up huge opportunities for Healthcare payers and providers, but the future is still very unpredictable. Similarly to other verticals, we’re seeing increased internal and ecosystem demand for access via APIs and (beginning to see) disruption by both Health/Insurtech insurgents and non-traditional players (e.g. big tech such as Amazon entering […]

    March 26, 2020

    Reading Time: 5 minutes In this post, we’ll take a look at the traditional API catalog (as part of a runtime API Portal/Developer Portal), and the limitations it has for large organizations looking to mature their API strategies in support of digital initiatives. We’ll also discuss how an alternative solution – a Holistic API and Service catalog (with API […]

    March 20, 2020

    Reading Time: 5 minutes Recently, we hosted a webinar on APIs as a Platform for Business Transformation with guest speaker, Randy Heffner, VP and Principal Analyst from Forrester Research. Randy and our CEO, Jeremy Sindall, had a great discussion on how business capability APIs can help support rapidly re-configuring your enterprise to create new business models, reach new markets, […]

    February 4, 2020

    Reading Time: 6 minutes As APIs, and an API First strategy, gain more recognition throughout enterprises as important factors in digital transformation, we’re seeing a rush to plan, design, and build new APIs at scale. Proper API governance is essential to ensuring your APIs are Discoverable, Standardized/Consistent/Compliant, Reusable, and Secure. But what exactly is API governance, why do you need it, and what are proven best practices for enforcing it?

    December 23, 2019

    Reading Time: 5 minutes This month we’re chatting to Head of Marketing Kelly Maltman, who shares her views on how AI and IoT trends are indicating industries are focusing on personalization, efficiency, and great customer experiences, as well as increasing productivity, how to bridge the disconnect between Business and IT through the right end-to-end framework for transformation, why an abstracted service catalog is key to both Business and IT understanding business coverage, and the rapid innovation these tactics to align Business and IT unlock 

    December 20, 2019

    Reading Time: 5 minutes Last month, we looked at 6 key digital banking trends and how they are growing globally and domestically. In this article, we’ll now take a look under the hood at how APIs are driving each trend, and how large banks need to accelerate their API maturity in order to deliver them (as well as some […]

    November 13, 2019

    Reading Time: 9 minutes Welcome back to our digitalML spotlight series! Next up we’re speaking to digitalML’s Director of Customer Success, Dick Brown.In this interview Dick shares his perspectives on:Distributed microservices architecture – and the move to reactive advice for larger organizationsThe 5G roll out and the interesting factors in playKafka messaging as a complimentary, rather than displacing, disruptive […]

    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 […]