4 systems thinking lessons for APIs

Systems thinking for APIs

Hope: He’s in the system.
Luis: I’m in the system?
Dave: You’re in the system!
Luis: The system?
Hank: We’re doomed.

– Ant Man, 2015

“System” is one of the most overused and overloaded terms in technology. Data is stored in “the system”. Applications run on “the system”. Operators manage a distributed “system”. It has become so ingrained in the IT vernacular that we don’t even think about its meaning.

The many flavors of API coordination

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Software architects can often conflate the different types of API call coordination. To help address this pitfall, see the classification system I use.

Why an API strategy is critical for your DevOps environment in 2019

October 31 2018

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As organizations plan their IT strategies for 2019, increasing attention is being given to DevOps.

Webinar: Keys of success in full lifecycle API management

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APIs are becoming critical to thriving in today’s digital economy. In our recent Connectivity Benchmark Report, we surveyed over 650 IT leaders and found that businesses across industries are realizing great benefits from APIs. This includes increased productivity (58%), increased innovation (48%), and increased employee engagement (43%).

Caching policy: API performance booster

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API response time is essential to providing the frictionless end-user experiences necessary for you to meet your API program’s KPIs and retention goals. One way to optimize performance is by having a caching layer in your API architecture. This layer allows you to deliver cached responses for common requests––thereby accessing data in a quick and inexpensive manner.

Using Anypoint Platform to securely access backend APIs

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This is a guest blog from Kian Ting, an Integration Software Engineer at Christchurch City Council. The broader team consists of Kian Ting, Eden Le Comte, Deborah Murfin, Kevin Prince, and Ben Warner.

Christchurch, New Zealand, has a population of 381,800 and as a Council we want all residents to know what’s going on in and around the city.

ProgrammableWeb’s most popular APIs of 2017

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Last fall we wrote an article that examined which APIs draw the most interest from developers. In that article we relied upon the API tracking functionality that each profile has as the metric for determining which APIs are the most popular. As many users of ProgrammableWeb know, reader’s can track any asset on ProgrammableWeb.com (APIs, SDKs, even search results) in the same way they can track stocks on a financial site. If anything new happens to that asset (if it gets updated,

Why APIs are not just for tech companies

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Looking across the entire landscape of software that businesses buy, it is clear that APIs are becoming a competitive differentiator for companies of all sizes.

How to build SCIM user provisioning

February 15 2018

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User management and provisioning have always been tedious and time-consuming tasks for IT professionals. If you’ve seen any of my blog posts before, you’ll know that there are two things I like: exposés in the form of parentheses and removing tedious manual work.

Naturally, this meant I ended up trying to solve user management. One of the first questions I asked when I started addressing this problem was: why hasn’t this been solved yet?

MuleSoft at MuleSoft: The Center for Enablement’s discovery phase

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Previously, I wrote a blog post about IT Engineering here at MuleSoft and how we use MuleSoft products at MuleSoft. Inter-team communication is critical for us to complete projects and we decided to implement a Center for Enablement (C4E) approach internally. The MuleSoft customer success team offered to assist us in pursuing an evolved approach to developing MuleSoft applications for IT.