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  • People Still Think APIs Are About Giving Away Your Data For Free

    People Still Think APIs Are About Giving Away Your Data For Free

    After eight years of educating people about sensible API security and management, I’m always amazed at how many people I come across who still think public web APIs are about giving away access...

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  • The Rockstar Committees We Have Assembled To Make APIStrat Nashville Rock!!

    The Rockstar Committees We Have Assembled To Make APIStrat Nashville Rock!!

    It is APIStrat time again! This time it is in Nashville, Tennessee! We are in the early stages of the event, but we are getting close to the deadline of the call for papers. We’ve assembled...

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  • I Will Be Discussing The Government API Lifecycle At DevNation Federal In DC Tuesday Afternoon

    I Will Be Discussing The Government API Lifecycle At DevNation Federal In DC Tuesday Afternoon

    I’m kicking off a busy week of travel and talks this week in DC with a discussion about delivering microservices at federal agencies at DevNation Federal on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. I was invited...

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  • Catch Me At The DC API User Group in Washington DC This Tuesday Evening

    Catch Me At The DC API User Group in Washington DC This Tuesday Evening

    After I speak at DevNation Federal in Washington DC this Tuesday, I am going to give a similar talk at the DC API API User Group that evening. I love going to the Meetups in DC, partly because my...

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  • Making Connections At The API Management Layer

    Making Connections At The API Management Layer

    I’ve been evaluating API management providers, and this important stop along the API lifecycle in which they serve for eight years now. It is a space that I’m very familiar with, and have enjoyed...

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  • When The Right API Solution Is Not Always The Sensible One

    When The Right API Solution Is Not Always The Sensible One

    I conducted an API workshop at Genscape in Boston yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation with the technical folks there, and found their pragmatic, yet educated views on APIs...

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  • How Should We Be Organizing All Of Our Microservices?

    How Should We Be Organizing All Of Our Microservices?

    A question I get regularly in my API workshops is, “how should we be organizing all of our microservices?” To which I always recommend they tune into what the API Academy team is up to, and then...

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  • APIStrat Nashville Call For Papers Closes At The End Of Next Week

    APIStrat Nashville Call For Papers Closes At The End Of Next Week

    I know, time flies and we are all very busy, but have you submitted your talk for APIStrat Nashville? The call for papers closes next Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST! This is the second...

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  • A Microprocurement Package For API Monitoring And Testing

    A Microprocurement Package For API Monitoring And Testing

    I’m kicking off a micro-procurement project with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this week. I’m going to to be conducting one of my API low hanging fruit campaigns for them, where I help...

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  • API Coordination And Communication Across Federal Government Agencies

    API Coordination And Communication Across Federal Government Agencies

    Most of this API stuff isn’t technical. For APIs to work at scale within a single company, a wider industry, or across government agencies, you need people who are committed to evangelism,...

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  • Every Moment Is Potentially An API Story

    Every Moment Is Potentially An API Story

    I was on a call for a federal government API platform project with my partner in crime Chris Cairns (@cscairns) of Skylight.Digital. We were back channeling in our Slack channel during the call,...

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  • API Evangelist Is Partnering With Bridge Software To Tell More API Integration Stories

    API Evangelist Is Partnering With Bridge Software To Tell More API Integration Stories

    I have been intrigued by the people who reached out after I published a story about my partner program. One of the companies that reached out was the API integration agency Bridge Software, who...

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  • Cautiously Aware Of How APIs Can Be Used To Feed Government Privatization Machinations

    Cautiously Aware Of How APIs Can Be Used To Feed Government Privatization Machinations

    I’m working to define APIs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on several fronts right now. I’ve provided not just one, but two detailed reponses to their Lighthouse API platform RFIs....

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  • General Services Administration (GSA) Needs Help Testing Their FedBizOpps API

    General Services Administration (GSA) Needs Help Testing Their FedBizOpps API

    The General Services Administration (GSA) has an open call for help to test the new FedBizOpps API. Setting a pretty compelling precedent for releasing APIs in the federal government, slowly...

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  • API Lifecycle Seminars In New York City

    API Lifecycle Seminars In New York City

    I’ve had a huge demand for putting on API seminars for a variety of enterprise groups lately. Helping bring my API 101, history, lifecycle, and governance knowledge to the table. I’ve conducted...

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  • Opportunity For OpenAPI-Driven Open Source Testing, Performance, Security, And Other Modules

    Opportunity For OpenAPI-Driven Open Source Testing, Performance, Security, And Other Modules

    I’ve been on five separate government reflated projects lately where finding modular OpenAPI-driven open source tooling has been a top priority. All of these projects are microservice-focused and...

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  • Sports Data API Simulations From SportRadar

    Sports Data API Simulations From SportRadar

    I’m a big fan of API sandboxes, labs, and other virtualization environments. API sandboxes should be default in heavily regulated industries like banking. I also support the virtualization of...

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  • Using Jekyll To Look At Microservice API Definitions In Aggregate

    Using Jekyll To Look At Microservice API Definitions In Aggregate

    I’ve been evaluating microservices at scale, using their OpenAPI definitions to provide API design guidance to each team using Github. I just finished a round of work where I took 20...

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  • Measuring Value Exchange Around Government Data Using API Management

    Measuring Value Exchange Around Government Data Using API Management

    I’ve written about how the startup community has driven the value exchange that occurs at the API management layer down a two lane road with API monetizatin and plans. To generate the value that...

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  • Looking At 20 Microservices In Concert

    Looking At 20 Microservices In Concert

    I checked out the Github repositories for twenty microservices of one of my clients recently, looking understand what is being accomplished across all these services as they work independently to...

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