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It’s that time of year again… time for another beautiful late-summer Gartner Catalyst conference in America’s Finest City: San Diego. Aside from being my hometown, the reason San Diego is so great is that it has balance. The warm sun is balanced by the cool ocean breeze, the strong business climate is balanced by the laid-back surf culture and the delicious fish tacos are balanced by a cold Corona. Balance makes everything better. Maintaining this balance is just as important when you’re talking about mobile strategy for your enterprise; that’s why I’ll be presenting a talk titled Balancing Security & Developer Enablement in Enterprise Mobility at Catalyst. Enterprise IT security departments have always had a somewhat adversarial relationship with application developers, even when the applications ran entirely within the intranet. Now that internal data and applica... (more)

The Importance of Context to Mobility

My grandfather has a bumper sticker on his pickup truck that says “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” Since my world revolves more around API Management than collecting die-cast models of John Deere tractors, I have my own version of the saying – “He who has the most context wins.” Context has always been an important part of managing data or applications, but the proliferation of enterprise B2E (business-to-employee) and B2C (business-to-consumer) mobile apps has significantly increased the need for context-based policy. The Layer 7 family of API Gateways has always been go... (more)

Android, APIs & Copyright

Like many people in technical professions, I face the ongoing challenge of explaining my industry to non-technical friends and relatives. Acronyms generally provide the biggest challenges. Explaining that SOAP isn’t a beauty product genuinely took up a significant part of my life in 2001. Fortunately, people have gotten a lot more tech-savvy in the last decade, partly due to the proliferation and success of well-known tech companies like Apple, Google and Oracle. So when two of those companies get into a huge legal battle over an acronym (in this case, “API”) that’s little known ... (more)

Where Did Siri Go?

Recently, there’s been some media focus on the limits of BYOD, especially relating to businesses disallowing certain smartphone features. This article on IBM’s somewhat restrictive BYOD guidelines mentions outright bans on technologies like Dropbox and Siri. As an ex-IBM employee, a geek in a partner-facing technical role and a smartphone user, I’m particularly intrigued by the lines drawn by corporations in cases like this. As the variety of available business apps and mobile devices continues to grow exponentially, enterprises will find it increasingly difficult to place such ... (more)

Your One-Stop Shop for OAuth Tutorials

The ongoing explosion in the amount of online information generated by enterprises has created a need for open, distributed access – a way to get at online content that doesn’t require private user credentials to flow freely over the Internet. The OAuth specification has rapidly emerged as the key standard that enables this kind of delegated access. At Layer 7, we’ve responded with the creation of our OAuth Toolkit, as well as a series of tutorial videos that explain how enterprises can use the Toolkit to simplify OAuth implementation. Now, in response to the overwhelmingly posi... (more)