API Academy Hits a Birthday

As we approach the eighth anniversary of the founding of API Academy, I look back at the beginning and how far we’ve come.  From the very beginning, the original API Academy team focused on agnostic best practices for API strategy and design – creating TechTalks, videos, and blogs, as well as going out around the world to bring their best practice messages to enterprises around the world through API Academy Workshops – all of this as a service to the industry.

Over these eight years, we’ve continued to have a laser focus on best practices, while adding additional topics such as microservices architecture and principles, API and microservices security, and more recently, we’ve introduced how-to videos – short snippets designed to address common issues that enterprises need to address in their API management implementation.

As we enter our ninth year, we’ve taken a look at the API management industry and have asked ourselves what we can do to further help enterprises address their digital transformation journey.  And we realized it really loops back to the beginning – agnostic best practices for API strategy and design.  Regardless of the API management platform, regardless of the size of the enterprise, best practices at the beginning of their journey help Enterprise/Security Architects, developers, and business leaders implement proven techniques for better efficiencies and ROI in their digital success. 

And in the next few weeks, as kind of a birthday present to our readers, we’ll be announcing an online, virtual, and in-person solution to scale our best practices model to help organizations around the world build skills and excel in the application economy.

Stay tuned!

Bill Oakes, CISSP

Bill Oakes, CISSP

Bill Oakes, CISSP, is head of API Academy, as well as head of product marketing for API management at Broadcom. Bill joined Broadcom with more than fifteen years of experience in security and mobility marketing. In his roll, he is responsible for messaging, positioning, and evangelism of the best API management solution on the market today. Prior to joining Broadcom, Bill was responsible for product marketing for the developer platform at Good Technologies – a secure mobile email company – rolling out the initial positioning, messaging, and strategy of Good’s foray into developer/ISV markets. Prior to Good, Bill held product/solutions marketing positions at Blue Coat Systems, a web security company with real-time defense against malware and web-based threats (now a component of the Symantec Division at Broadcom). Weekends will almost certainly find Bill riding with his Harley club – or possibly teaching people how to teach people to blow bubbles underwater.

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