Strata + Hadoop World 2014 Barcelona
Simon Wardley and Toby Oliver did a great job putting the speakers together and helping the discussion flow. Great talks throughout the day on real world use cases and impact. We added a little API sauce with a talk on how data in an organization is distributed through APIs and what implications this has.
The slides from my talk “APIs and Unlocking the Value of Your Data” are availableÂâ€¦
The discussion happened in the context of 3scale announcing it is taking API acceleration global (cf. article here) and its capability to integrate with Akamai and CDNetworks:â€¦
Deliver your API over Global Content Distribution Networks for blazing fast access by your users
We’re excited that we can talk about one of the newest innovations we’ve been cooking up here at 3scale: API delivery over professional global CDNs powered by Akamai and CDNetworks. This means that with 3scale you can now:
- Connect your API to a professional grade CDN at blazing fast speeds.
- Serve content into the CDN’s caches using standard caching controls.
- Have your customers access that content directly from CDN edge nodes without the need for calls back to your origin servers.
- Manage your API Channel with tools similar to those you’re already using for your Web Site.
This speeds up delivery to your users, offloads traffic from your origin servers for scalability. Both GET and POST requests can be controlled within the CDN and 3scale’s powerful management tools allow you to keep full control of API Access, keys, rate limits, analytics across the wâ€¦
Business Strategy to drive the API
Many companies are embarking on initiatives to open their API. However, most API initiatives still do not fully harness the real potential that an API brings. Sometimes this is due to organizational reasons â€“ such as being run as a side project in the engineering team. Often though, it is because of the lack of a rigorous process to ensure that all the creative options are investigated on how to adapt the business model. It is like getting into a car and just following the road ahead; instead of checking a map to see where you want to go and which the best route to take is.
The objective of this article is to define a structured approach to identify which business model will ensure that your API makes the most effective contribution to your business. Before we get to the meat of the business model options, the first step is to decide which your core assets are, and how you waâ€¦