VP Innovation at Axway, Co-founder at Vordel

Mark O'Neill

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There has been a rush lately of retailers exposing APIs to enable mobile access to what previously were in-store operations. Last month, Adam Broitman wrote in Advertising Age about Walgreen's photo API. In the article he notes that APIs may become crucial to brick and mortar stores. In the same trend, this month  Adam DuVander has written on ProgrammableWeb about how the Safeway subsidiary, Blackhawk Network, uses APIs for supermarket gift cards. APIs can sometimes seem like abstract things, to a non-developer (Adam Broitman writes "Take a trip to a few local drug stores and ask the pharmacists to define the acronym API. Chances are they won't know"). But, as Adam DuVander titles his article, the Safeway/Blackhawk gift card API is literally an example of an "API in the checkout line". Safeway and Walgreens are both benefiting from their APIs to extend their businesse... (more)

How Real Clouds Are Made

How are Clouds made? By leasing an anonymous-looking building, buying commodity servers by the mile, then engaging an infrastructure guy like Randy Bias to put it together? No - I meant real clouds. So on the day after Thanksgiving, I brought my son to the Liberty Science Center in Liberty City, New Jersey, just across the Hudson from Manhattan. It's a great place - we agreed afterwards that it's right up there with San Francisco's Exploratorium. Boston Museum of Science membership got us in for free. One of the features of the Liberty Science Center is its open spaces. It just d... (more)

Cloud Computing in Practice

James Urquhart has assembled a very impressive list of examples of Cloud Computing in practice. Examples include: Number of applications running on Force.com: 135,000 Number of applications hosted by Ruby on Rails platform service vendor Heroku: 40,000+ Objects stored in Amazon Web Services S3: 64 billion (as of August 2009) Full details at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-19413_3-10405895-240.html ... (more)

APIs in the 'Internet of Things' By @Axway | @ThingsExpo [#IoT #API]

The Power of Real-Time APIs - Apple Watch and BMW One of the most exciting parts of this week's Apple Watch launch was the example of the BMW watch app. This app allows you to see the charging status of your BMWi electric car, right from your wrist. You can also check the status of the doors of your car (important information such as if they are locked or not!). Although the star of the show was the watch app, APIs had a cameo appearance, since the information shown on the watch is fetched in real-time from APIs. It happens that there is already an example of a watch app for BMIs ca... (more)

Linking B2B with APIs | @ThingsExpo @Axway #IoT #API #InternetOfThings

Linking B2B with APIs Bill Doerrfeld at Nordic APIs has written today about how APIs are evolving the B2B landscape. This is a particularly interesting article for me, because my personal background is working for an EDI provider, where I linked EDI processes from the private network to the Internet, over 15 years ago. Vordel was founded to allow new Web Services APIs to be used for B2B. Axway, a B2B software company, acquired Vordel in 2012 to link B2B with Web APIs. This caused a domino effect, with other API Management vendors being acquired shortly afterwards. However, none of ... (more)