SOAPbox has a lot of useful features, such as testing REST Web Services like
Microsoft's Bing, doing a vulnerability assessment of a Web Service, and
driving command-line stress testing of a Web Service.
But did you know that you can use it to generate X.5o9 certificates and their
corresponding private keys? For this purpose, it's a lot easier than using
the OpenSSL command-line options. With SOAPbox, the whole process is
GUI-driven. Here's how you do it:
First, under the "Security" menu item, choose "View Certificates":
Now his "Create" in the bottom-right, and you see this page:
Now you can insert the certificate attributes by pressing on the "Edit"
button near the top-right of the "Configure Certificate and Private Key"
If you want to also create a private key to correspond to your new
certificate, press on "Sign Certificate". You can choose to self-sign the ... (more)
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)
Looking down my blogroll earlier today, I see "A message from Jamie Lewis".
Jamie is the CEO of Burton Group, and always worth listening to, especially
at his Catalyst talks.
So, I click on the link and read that Burton has been acquired by Gartner!
Analyst consolidation continues into 2010...
Congratulations to all at Burton, especially Richard Watson who spoke at
Vordel's conference last November, Anne Thomas Manes whose views on SOA are
quite literally a matter of life and death, and Phil Schacter who has been
tracking Vordel since 2001.
Cloud Computing on Ulitzer
Knowledge Management World has an interesting article this week on "Building
Trust in the Cloud".
Users of individual SaaS products have generally become confident that their
vendor is proficient in maintaining security, ensuring that data is backed up
and carrying out other support tasks. However, venturing more broadly into
“the cloud,” where many applications may be used as services, is a
different matter; establishing trust with numerous third-party suppliers is a
To help address the problem, Vordel introduced the Vordel Cloud Servi... (more)
Welcome to the future where light bulbs suck power for WiFi even when they
are switched off (as reported by Redmonk's Tom Raftery), where a smart
thermostat company is bought for $3.2 billion, and where electric vehicles
can take commands from your wristwatch.
What does this all have in common? It's the Internet of Things (IoT). It's a
phenomenon which is joined at the hip with another megatrend, the API
Economy. That is because the "things" in the Internet of Things, be they
lightbulbs or smart meters or even cars, send data via APIs. Therefore,
governing this flow of data to an... (more)