Managed APIs empower enterprises to produce new business opportunities and advance monetization and ecosystem development—effectively extending processes and services to customers, partners, and other groups within the organization. WSO2 Vice President of Platform Evangelism Chris Haddad and Director of API Architecture Sumedha Rubasinghe will present a workshop and two sessions on how to strengthen API management best practices at the API Strategy & Practice Conference (APIStrat) 2014. WSO2 is a Gold Sponsor of APIStrat, which will run September 24-26, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL.

Timed with APIStrat, WSO2 also will host a half-day technical workshop in Chicago: “API, Integration, and SOA Convergence.” The event will run 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014. For more information, visit

Workshop – Building Successful APIs

Chris and Sumedha will jointly present the workshop “Six Tactics For Building Successful APIs,” which will be held 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The interactive workshop will examine team best practices for building successful APIs that: gain widespread developer community adoption, increase operational resiliency, accelerate API delivery, and seamlessly evolve API design as business requirements change.

By building live APIs in the cloud, Chris and Sumedha will demonstrate design patterns, implementation decisions, and API environments (cloud and on-premises) that allow developers to tailor their APIs based on the target ecosystem and business model. Key topics they will cover include:

  •     Orchestrating and aggregating back-end cloud services with an API façade layer
  •     Synchronizing service-oriented architecture (SOA) service lifecycle governance and API lifecycle activities
  •     Demonstrating API product success

Session – Turning Spreadsheets into APIs

Chris will lead the session, “Turning Spreadsheets into APIs,” which will be held as part of the Data track on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 2:05 – 3:20 p.m. In this session, he will outline the challenges of creating APIs for legacy data sources and aggregating open data. Additionally, Chris will describe how mainstream business users can tap into powerful open data models. Finally, Chris will put best-practice concepts into practice by demonstrating how to transform the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics flat files and spreadsheets into connected APIs that enable mainstream economic model collaboration.

Session – Dealing with API Statistics – The Scalable Way

Sumedha will present the session, “Dealing with API Statistics – The Scalable Way,” which will run Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 2:05 – 3:20 p.m. as part of the Architecture track. The talk is designed to help organizations analyze who uses their APIs. Additionally Sumedha will examine how statistics help in capacity planning, deployment, maintenance of schedules, and trend analyses, as well as assist the decision-making process. He also will discuss scalable statistics collection for API ecosystems, key design considerations, real-time and offline analysis, and WSO2’s approach to addressing these challenges.

Demonstrating Open Source API Management and Internet of Things

As a Gold Sponsor, WSO2 will be demonstrating how Internet of Things (IoT) devices can be connected to the WSO2 platform, including WSO2 API Manager. Additionally, experts will be on hand to explain the capabilities of WSO2 API Manager, the first 100% open source API management product to combine easy, managed API access with full API governance and analysis.

As the first API management product to offer an API Store, it lets IT organizations set up their own Apple or Google Marketplace-like store where developers can easily subscribe to and consume APIs. Meanwhile it provides API publishers with complete API lifecycle governance—from creating to publishing, deprecating and retiring APIs—as well as analytics and metrics to support decision-making and enforce service-level agreement (SLA) policies.

WSO2 API Manager is built on the same WSO2 technology used by enterprises around the world, including a Global 1000 company that is handling more than 1 billion API calls per day. Providing full multi-tenancy, it runs directly on server hardware or in a virtualized environment, such as an Amazon or VMware cloud, bringing the efficiencies of multi-tenancy and self-service to on-premises deployments. Additionally, the cloud-ready WSO2 API Manager software can plug into the WSO2 platform as a service (PaaS) foundation to operate as part of a PaaS, adding cloud-native capabilities, such as elastic scaling, expanded self-service provisioning, metering, billing, and storage, among others.

About the Presenters

Chris Haddad is vice president of platform evangelism at WSO2. He works closely with developers, architects, and C-level executives, as well as WSO2’s engineering team, to increase adoption of WSO2 open source technology, improve the middleware platform, and maximize customer value. Prior to joining WSO2, Chris led research teams as a research vice president at the Burton Group and Gartner advising Fortune 500 enterprise organizations and technology infrastructure vendors on adoption strategies, architecture, product selection, governance, and organizational alignment.

Sumedha Rubasinghe is director of API architecture at WSO2. For the last seven years, he has served in several roles contributing to the WSO2 middleware platform, including WSO2 API Manager, WSO2 Governance Registry, WSO2 Data Services Server, and WSO2 Business Activity Monitor. He currently focuses on API management, enterprise app management, and IoT support for the WSO2 platform. Sumedha is a committer with the Apache Axis2 project. His article, “Carbon: towards a server building framework for SOA platform,” was featured at the Fifth International Workshop on Middleware for Service Oriented Computing in New York.

About API Strategy & Practice Conference

API Strategy & Practice Conference (APIStrat) offers a unique program of keynotes, panels and themed sessions to provide insights into the potential of APIs, best practices, and how to craft a successful API strategy. The inclusive, community-supported conference series focuses on what works for API creators and consumers alike by bringing industry leaders together in one forum.

About WSO2

WSO2 delivers on the promise of the connected business with the only completely integrated enterprise platform that enables businesses to build, integrate and manage their APIs, applications, and Web services on-premises, in the cloud, and on mobile devices. Leading enterprise customers worldwide rely on WSO2’s award-winning 100% open source platform and its robust governance and DevOps functionality for their mission-critical applications. Today, these businesses represent nearly every sector: health, financial, retail, logistics, manufacturing, travel, technology, telecom and more.

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