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APIs are transforming businesses to extend the reach of their information systems and data. In technical terms, APIs are rather finite, allowing two software applications to exchange data and execute procedures. Yet their business impact is so great that API management requires a far from finite thought process. A "soup to nuts" approach is needed to help companies determine how to achieve the most business success with APIs. An API enables applications to access back-end systems using lightweight, standards-based protocols such as REST and JSON. For example, if you were in food distribution, the actual business of soup and nuts, you could develop an API that lets mobile app developers tap directly into your ERP system. They could build consumer apps for recipes that showed ingredients that you had in stock. Grocery stores could build apps that gave their shoppers bu... (more)

WS Track - B2B Policy Enforcement: The Third Rail of SOA Implementation

One of the great benefits of a service-oriented architecture is the ability it gives you to extend programmatic, integration capabilities to business partners. Going beyond simple sharing of data with partners, SOA enables true B2B application integration. At the same time, this capability creates a vexing security policy enforcement dilemma. How can you be sure that a user from a partner organization is actually authorized to integrate with your applications? How can you authenticate that user? Do you even want that headache in the first place? This session will discuss the issu... (more)