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Austin API Summit Wrap Up

Mic check. 1-2-3. Earlier this week, Nordic APIs held a 2.5 day event, jam-packed with workshops, 30 speakers, and critical insights on building success in the API ecosystem. This was our first ever conference in Austin, and our 2nd ever Nordic APIs event in the United States. We had a blast, learned a lot, and…

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How Microservices Could Save Medical IoT

As the growing number of consumer IoT devices make our lives easier, they are collecting vast amounts of useful data. This trend has just started making its way into the fitness and healthcare industries, with devices like smart watches, clothing sensors, and sociometric badges collecting millions of body temperatures, step counts, and heart rates. This…

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Scalable APIs are Built From Consistency

Scalability is a hard sought after quality in making architectural decisions for software products these days. Yet, the most robust way to increase the likelihood that your product continues to scale to end user needs is through APIs. That’s probably old news for most. However, scalable APIs, especially from an enterprise point of view, are…

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From API Doing to API Thinking In a Major Bank

From API Doing to API Thinking in a Major Bank

In any sizable organization, it’s hard to feel like you can make a difference with just your tech skills. There’s no surprise that software engineer Flavia Sequeira felt exactly that when she joined ING — the multinational banking firm with over 50,000 employees — in 2013. See, building an impactful IT product can take a…

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Using A Schema-First Design As Your Single Source of Truth

One of the hardest parts of developing a product is the coordination of so many teams and moving parts. Ensuring that everyone is moving in the same direction, towards the same goal, and in a way that is complimentary is the single most important – but also the single hardest – element of any collaborative…

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What it means to have a full spectrum API

What It Means To Have A Full Spectrum API

Expanding The Scope Of Your API In development, the term full stack – familiarity with multiple programming languages for both frontend and backend development – is thrown around pretty regularly. Full spectrum is one that’s used from time to time, and may be a better way to describe the techniques required for superior API practice….

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How to make self-descriptive APIs

How To Make A Self-Descriptive Enterprise API

One of the hardest things to do as an API provider is to work within the enterprise environment. This is due, in large part, to the very nature of enterprise structures – often slow to adopt new technologies, fundamentally distrustful of external solutions, and far insular than most modern corporations would like to admit….

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Operating a Real-World API, From Zero to 3 Million Calls

Guest contribution covering an impressive automotive API journey. Follow the rise of the niche Car Registration API; from market pivot, to price-adjusting, to scaling sales internationally. It’s unusual for an API to become the main income stream for a company. Often an API is developed as an afterthought, typically for one of two main reasons; To help…

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An Introduction To API Economy Boosting Principles

People develop APIs for all sorts of reasons. They might be trying to create a tool to facilitate internal processes where they work, they could be building an external product for customers, or they might be building a third party tool designed to mash-up other services. And that’s really only scratching the surface of why…

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4 Mantras for Designing Scalable APIs

Scalability might be a buzzword, but there’s reason for that — it can define both early adoption and future success, as well as a variety of points and approaches along the lifespan of a product. That being said, it’s also often poorly implemented. Properly approaching scalability is important not only to nascent solutions in the…

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An Introduction to APIs For the Uninitiated

If you have arrived at the Nordic APIs blog there is good chance you have some inkling of what an API is and why you might need one. However, for the uninitiated, APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) and especially the API economy can be a confusing and fragmented space with some loose standards, an incredible amount…

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The Return of the CLI: CLIs Being Used by API-Related Companies

Before the rise of graphical interfaces and flashy user desktops, the Command Interface (CLI) was the only way to interact with a computer. But the retro CLI is making a comeback. It’s a basic form of computing — the CLI accepts text commands and interprets them into functions on the operating system. Due to…

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Is Your API Automotive Grade?

Imagine that a user has plugged into your API and triggers a request, only to be met with an error message. Now imagine all of this is happening while they’re traveling at 70mph on the highway. For Henrik Segesten, cloud domain architect at Volvo, making sure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen isn’t the…

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Assembling The API Management Jigsaw In Big (And Small) Companies

Have you ever tried to implement a new process in a big company? Believe us when we tell you that it’s not an easy (or fun) task. From obtaining initial approval all the way through to disseminating information, it takes time and there are often bumps along the road. This is something that Josh Wang,…

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Leverage Public APIs

Leverage Public APIs to Make Your System Better

The software world has moved in many ways towards the idea of modularity rather than the archetypal monolith — services and systems are continually developed in chunks rather than as a single system. This has spilled over into many aspects of the API space, and represents a powerful opportunity for developers to not only simplify…

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5 Potential Benefits of Integrating GraphQL

GraphQL is incredibly powerful — so powerful, in fact, that it is used by corporations such as to drive their large, complex social systems for billions of users. Despite this, the language is still relatively nascent, and its usage has yet to reach the dizzying heights that those languages it replaces and augments occupy….

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CMA Will Save Open Banking APIs in Post-Brexit Economy

CMA Will Save Open Banking APIs in Post-Brexit Economy

“The storm had now definitely abated, and what thunder there was now grumbled over distant hills, like a man saying ‘And another thing…’ twenty minutes after admitting he’d lost the argument.” -Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Regardless of your point of view and the continued rumbles of the argument,…

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A Human’s Guide to Drafting API Platform Policy

There are some languages in the world that are tough to master and for your average application developer none so than Legaleze, a language so inaccessible that only a learned few can speak it fluently. The diction and terminology is generally so difficult that most don’t even attempt to learn: When presented with an…

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Is Your API the Cinderella or the Crown Princess?

Have you noticed that your API sometimes feels a bit misunderstood, seen as a siine or a purely technical solution? This might happen because you put your API to do menial work with no real business strategy. It may also be because the API documentation is not pretty, correct, or understandable. Or because error messages…

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Evolving a Company’s IS in the Lego Computing Age: How to Choose a Brick Product

Unlike diamonds, information systems (IS) are not forever. As a company evolves, its IS evolves too. This evolution is induced by a company’s business and organizational transformations, regulation modifications and/or technical revolutions. In this Lego computing age, evolving an information system often means aggregating existing brick products instead of building them to create value. Plug…

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API Platform Defined: When an API Provider is a Platform

By standing on the shoulders of giants, we all have the possibility to disrupt markets and unseat entrenched incumbents. Cloud computing, mobile, and social have opened up unprecedented opportunity that we all have the chance to capitalize on. Market leaders like , , , and Twilio are using these disruptive technologies to form the foundation…

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Why You Should Build Apps With An API Backend – BaaS

There are two divergent trends happening in mobile development right now. The most common one is the mobile-first approach strategy. You construct a landing page website and then build a product in iOS, if targeting the U.S. market, or Android, if targeting the European market. Then, you push a single version and develop for other…

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The State of IoT Information Design: Why Every IoT Device Needs an API

Our physical and digital worlds are colliding. A new web epoch approaches — an era called the Internet of Things (IoT). In this realm, home devices, city sensors, smart cars, wearables, and every other device we use is connected to the Internet. A benefit of this web-infused world is that humans will be able control and customize their universe via a personal device, such as a mobile phone. But some see hyperconnectivity as a negative, worried that phones and wearables — at least in their present state — only pose constant distractions to experiencing life. Another problem is that for the IoT to be viable, machines need a standardized method of communication. They will need to talk with one another.

Should Every Company Consider Providing an API?

For many companies, providing an API is seen as an IT matter exclusive to internet giants like , and Google, startups like Algolia, and, or for government agencies to open data to the public. But are APIs really limited in that way? In this article we denounce common myths associated with APIs…

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Building an API platform One brick at a time
Dennis Bjørn Petersen - LEGO - 21/10/2014

LEGO bricks are often compared to APIs. The truth is, however, that APIs are a fairly new thing for LEGO. At LEGO, they are always focusing on children’s safety and how to preserve the trust they've spent 80 years building up. So, how do you put trust into APIs; how come LEGO doesn’t have a public APIs; and why did it take an online video game to get from bricks to an API?

Transforming into a Platform for Innovation and Agility
Travis Spencer (Twobo Technologies)-2013-11-26

Mobile, cloud, social, and big data are transforming our society. To capitalize on the opportunities they present, organizations must undergo a "platformification" process. This transformation results in services and APIs needed to ensure an ideal position in the more mobile, cloudy world that has emerged. How though can organizations encumbered by existing IT systems, high-security demands, and regulatory requirements build a platform that meets the markets' changing demands and also leverages existing IT investments?

The Architect is not Convinced
Adam DuVander - Orchestrate - 22/10/2014

The platformification of business offers immense potential, but much of it is being left untapped. No doubt companies see internal benefits from their own APIs, which they might open up to select external partners. Yet, even in this API-centric world, consuming another party’s API is entered with relative skepticism, especially when that API resides on a critical path. Developers want to use APIs, but software architects need to be convinced.


The global trend of platformication
Kin Lane - API Evangelist - 21/10/2014

Being an online platform isn’t just for the largest of tech companies or the coolest of new startups anymore. Establishing your company as a platform is quickly becoming the way companies are operating in an increasingly digital, global, and 24×7 business environment. Making your companies data, content, and other digital resources available as self-service, private, and even sometimes public API, will continue to be how business is happening in 2016. If it is on your website, being emailed via spreadsheets, or PDF reports, it should be available via simple web APIs.

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Summer 2014 Blog Post Collection

This eBo is a compilation of Nordic APIs blog posts from 2014. Much of it specifically deals with how to become an API platform. We define exactly what it means to transform your on business into a growth-oriented platform, tuning into case studies like Apple and Podio. The culmination of this research and discussion was…

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Developing the API Mindset ebook

Developing The API Mindset

This guide defines a taxonomy for API types and offers insightful business strategies for each variation: Private, Partner, and Public APIs. Most important of all is that API usage in a business assists in reorienting the business culture and mindset towards a platform mo and composable enterprise identity. This mindset is essential for stability and…

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