Article: Understanding the Data Mesh

Data, Decentralized Internet

Understanding the Data Mesh

Once data is treated as a product, it quickly becomes evident that a centralized model will never work. Instead, data products must be built in a decentralized way by the teams that own the data.

Much like a modern service stack is decentralized with hundreds or even thousands of services owned by multiple teams building their own APIs, Riccomini thinks a similar model can make a data mesh architecture a reality.

“A data mesh takes service stack best-practices and applies them to the data layer. Not only should application development teams define APIs for their business logic (in the form of web services); they should do so for their data as well. The infrastructure and culture needed for the two are remarkably similar,” he writes.

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Article: DEX vs CEX: Competition or Allies?

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

DEX vs CEX: Competition or Allies?

DEXs are crucial to the growth of the blockchain industry and represent the new wave of innovation and development coming to the space. However, genuinely decentralized exchange offerings are still very much in their infancy, with low trading volumes, and this lack of liquidity makes using them even more inconvenient.

Still, they do give newer projects a way to list their token without going through the stringent, and often restrictive listing processes on centralized exchanges. This also gives centralized exchanges a chance to see how a project performs and ensure its validity before offering it to more mainstream users.

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Article: The Future of Low-Code is Open

Open Source, Software

The Future of Low-Code is Open

Low-code is at an inflection point within enterprises, as it becomes the platform of choice for digital transformation and application modernization. This is the opportunity for low-code platforms to become a key ingredient of an enterprise application architecture. An open low-code approach will allow application development teams to benefit from the underlying best practices prevalent within the organization.

Low-code is not merely a productivity tool; it has the potential to be a technological and cultural catalyst that drives enterprise innovation and business agility.

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Article: Dealing With Fragmented Data is Becoming Less of a Burden Thanks to Open APIs

Data, Open Source, Software

Dealing With Fragmented Data is Becoming Less of a Burden Thanks to Open APIs

The status quo then has become increasingly powerful tools for collecting data, analyzing that data, and passing the data around within a given system. We have come to expect digital data to be instantly, frictionlessly useful and available wherever we need it, so when we can’t pass it between systems easily, we humans get frustrated.

The idea of application programming interfaces is to allow software companies to get around their data silos. APIs can accept and produce data about almost everything going on at a jobsite. They become bridges between data flows or general integration platforms as a service. Or they organize the standards for MasterFormat, Uniformat and OmniClass so they’re easily translatable for all architecture, engineering, construction and building operations professionals.

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Article: The Role of APIs In Digital Transformation

Cloud, Open Source, Software

The Role of APIs In Digital Transformation

“Self-service has become fundamentally important,” said Gross. It’s not enough to simply open interfaces — you have to also add self-service capabilities to integration tools, he added. This could mean offering low-code options alongside APIs — such drag-and-drop UIs would help facilitate integrations for more citizen developers. A self-service approach to digital platformification is an emerging trend, yet one that’s “not fully at mass market,” described Gross; it’s still in its early stages.

Open ecosystems are guided by consumers, who often desire connections between your tool and external partners. But, opening up data isn’t just helpful for partner integration; it could also benefit internal use. As Gross described, time-series industrial analytics could empower operators on the shop floor or production facility to make sense of local data. “You need self-service analytics tools to give them that ability,” Gross said.

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Article: Business Agility Requires Open APIs and Low-code/No-code

Open Source, Software

Business Agility Requires Open APIs and Low-code/No-code

As more organizations turn to low-code, no-code programming, success cannot be fully realized without the accessibility provided by truly open APIs.

As the pressure to quickly adapt working models and integrate technology continues to be a key factor in business success, more and more organizations will turn to low-code, no-code programming as a method to alleviate support required from IT and development teams. But this success cannot be fully realized without the accessibility provided by truly open APIs. Only then can the organizations rely on a truly agile software backbone to set them up now and into the future.

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Article: How API Platforms Can Drive Digital Transformations

Cloud, Data, Software

How API Platforms Can Drive Digital Transformations

However, modern API platforms (or “smart operational datastores” or “digital integration hubs”) powered by in-memory computing can enable businesses to aggregate data from multiple cloud-based and on-premises systems and query the aggregated data in real-time. By doing so, the API platform can:

  • Decouple frontend and backend systems, enabling much easier changes to the applications and data sources
  • Minimize the limitations of siloed data, allowing businesses to analyze information across the entire business in real-time
  • Enable previously impossible real-time business processes, such as creating real-time 360-degree customer views
  • Power previously unavailable application functionality and increase operational flexibility while lowering costs
  • Reduce API calls to operational and analytical systems and SaaS applications, potentially reducing costs and complexity

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Article: How to Build Truly Decentralized Oracles, and Why We Need Them

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

How to Build Truly Decentralized Oracles, and Why We Need Them

There is something good growing among us. In the coming years, it will remove a layer of intermediaries that controls our most precious assets, governs our access to our own data and charges us for the privilege in a variety of ways. This group of technologies will change the way we bank, transact, borrow and save. They will let us interact with each other directly and trustlessly. Collectively, these applications are known as decentralized finance, or DeFi. And if you haven’t heard of them yet, you will.

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Article: API Management: What CIOs Should Know

Open Source, Software

API Management: What CIOs Should Know

“Many of our customers want to go to this future where they actually have an API economy and an API catalog and they expose data across all the silos of their company,” Charles Lamanna, corporate vice president for the low-code application platform at Microsoft, tells

Using an API gateway or other API management solutions with a low-code platform “unlocks tons of opportunity, because developers can build those microservices and publish them for other developers to consume, and citizen developers can consume them via the Power platform,” Lamanna says, by way of example.

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Article: UiPath Acquires Cloud Elements, Open-Handed Automation Widens

Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

UiPath Acquires Cloud Elements, Open-Handed Automation Widens

By acquiring API integration platform company Cloud Elements this year, UiPath says it is now combining enterprise-grade user interface (UI) and API-based automation capabilities in a single platform. In real terms, this is meant to give users the flexibility to automate processes using an ‘optimal mix’ (assuming they can find the sweet spot) of UI-based and API-based automation.

“By making automation both easier and faster to deploy, the UiPath Platform has the capability of significantly improving some of the most costly and time-consuming activities of the modern enterprise,” said Daniel Dines, UiPath co-founder and CEO. “The acquisition of Cloud Elements is just one example of how we are building a flexible and scalable enterprise-ready platform that helps customers become fully automated enterprises.”

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