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API Connect ver2018: A Case Study

In today’s world of technology, deployed solutions are no longer the end of a project, but the beginning.

Case in point: API’s enable companies to have more agile development, innovation across their development teams, and enable partners and customers to easily integrate their services and information into their own applications.  One of the keys to the API value is the ability to create versions of API’s that enable new capabilities without having other developers change their own applications unless they want to leverage the new capabilities.  As an example, a Netflix app on a TV may not be updated, although Netflix and their API’s add functionality all the time.  The viewer is still able to access and watch movies on the older version of the TV app, but they just can’t take advantage of the latest new features.

The same is true of API Management solutions.  As the API economy matures, so do the solutions that enable companies to manage and provision API’s to various development communities.  Whether it is providing a developer’s portal focused on external partners for application development, or providing API’s for internal developers to standardize on data and security access, API Management solutions are also maturing and evolving.

A good example: IBM with its latest API Connect ver2018 solution has taken a more than evolutionary approach to API Management across different cloud and on-premise deployments supporting Docker and Kubernetes container orchestration to increase deployment flexibility and management of API’s.

iSOA Group and our trusted advisors understand the importance of API Management solutions and their ties to supporting the business strategy they enable and have deep experience with API Management solutions, such as API Connect ver2018.  You can read more on our use case here, where you will also find a link to a special client case study and plans for migration to the latest IBM API Connect ver2018 solution.

If you would like to discuss your API Management strategy and needs, or if you are looking to migrate your current solution to the latest version please contact the iSOA Group team and we would be happy to schedule a call with one of our trusted advisors.

Will you be at IBM’s Think 2019 conference, in San Francisco? If you would like to meet us in person please contact Natalia at and she can help schedule time to meet.

What’s on FHIR? Next Wave of Healthcare Innovation Starts with API’s

The days of patients carrying their charts from physician, to specialists, to hospitals is long gone. Illegible charts and records often caused repetition of test and required care providers to find on-the-fly ways to integrate their patient information. What was a one-to-one connection has became more complex; as healthcare and patients’ options have grown, these integrations became very laborious to establish and maintain. Then came HL7. Founded in 1987, HL7 was a standard for exchanging data between providers and payers about patient services and care.  However, with expanding care options at clinics, medical testing providers, and other health services, the increasing need to easily integrate healthcare information, with a secure and trusted solution, has become even more complicated. This is critical not only for improving the efficiency of providers and payers, but for improving patient care, as well.

Healthcare data is growing.  FHIR is the latest, and best, effort to enable the integration of healthcare data not through codes or messaging, but via API’s.  API’s, along with security and deployment standards, will enable providers and payers to easily access and share patient and care information into their own applications.

Confused?  Don’t’ be! iSOA Group and our trusted advisors have experience with FHIR and deployment of API Management solutions in support of the FHIR standard.  To learn more, see this case study that provides details on how iSOA helped a company use FHIR to integrate their healthcare information across not only their own applications, but that of their care partners and payers, as well: FHIR case study 

Think! 2019 Recommended API Connect sessions from CTO Bryon Kataoka

This year’s IBM Think! conference is in iSOA’s backyard and home town of San Francisco. Unfortunately, for the first time in 9 years, I am not presenting with a client, on a panel, or working on a demo. Fortunately, this means that I can be a student and explore all the new technology on the latest from Blockchain to Watson. That’s a lot to learn!

With our recent client experiences with API Connect, it will be great to be able to attend classes, and a lab or two, to learn about the latest capabilities of APIC v2018. On that note, we have also updated our case studies page to include our recent client implementation of APIC v2018, which can be viewed here: .  As I continue to work with clients on the latest in gateways and API management solutions, I continue to see that API’s are an important next step for many companies looking to streamline their delivery of applications, as well as share key apps and services with external customers and partners. Below are my recommended API Connect classes – and those that I will also be attending.

Finally, since I (hopefully!) won’t be holed up in my room working on PowerPoints or practicing a demo, it would be great to meet with anyone wanting to discuss your initiatives and share experiences regarding new strategies and best practices.

If you would like to schedule some time to meet, or if you just need restaurant or winery recommendations, please email me at, or my executive assistant at, to schedule some time to talk and “think”.



Session Description Date/Time & Location
Shaping the Future of IBM API Connect

Session ID: 7626A





The future of IBM API Connect is in your hands! Have a feature or scenario you need us to support? Attend this session and influence the future of the product. This is an interactive session where we will be prioritizing feature and scenario requests, and addressing questions and other feedback from you! Come and have your say!


Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 11:10 AM

Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level Franciscan C


Developing Cognitive APIs and Innovative Applications for Healthcare

Session ID: 6182B



Today’s patients are more informed and involved in their own health than ever before—contributing to the continuously expanding growth of health data and the expectation to demonstrate value and gain insights from that data. To connect the right data to patients at the right time, IBM Watson Health leveraged real-world data sets to build a cognitive API on FHIR standards, to connect healthcare stakeholders with relevant, personalized, and timely insights. Coupled with predictive analytics, the cognitive API produced risk assessments that can provide patients with knowledge and suggestions aimed at improving their post-procedure recovery based on similar data points.



Wednesday, 1:30 PM – 2:10 PM

Moscone South, Exhibit Level,

Hall D Data & AI Think Tank E


Thursday, 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM

Hilton Union Square, Ballroom Level

Yosemite B



Hands-On Lab: Deploying IBM API Connect in a Kubernetes Cluster for API Lifecycle Management and HA

Session ID: 2792A



IBM API Connect is an integrated API management offering, with capabilities and tooling for all phases of the API lifecycle. Key steps of the API lifecycle include create, secure, manage, socialize, and analyze. Kubernetes is a portable, extensible open source platform for managing containerized workloads and services, which facilitates both declarative configuration and automation. This session will demonstrate how to setup a 4-node Kubernetes cluster, and deploy an API Connect 2019 cloud. It also offers an end-to-end demo of the product.


Wednesday, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Moscone South, Esplanade Ballroom, Upper Mezzanine Lab 7


A Cloud HA/DR Banking Environment with Multi-Zone Kubernetes and IBM API Connect at Virgin Money

Session ID: 3844A



Virgin Money is modernizing its applications in response to Open Banking, and required support to shift on-premises development to a cloud-native production environment. After a detailed architecture and technology review with IBM and third-party suppliers, Virgin Money choose IBM as a strategic platform and partner moving forward to deliver BackBase into production on IBM Cloud. Virgin Money recognized that IBM Cloud allows them to meet their high availability and disaster recovery objectives while still being cost-efficient and compliant with industry regulations. Virgin Money has been able to save money by utilizing hyper-scalable services on IBM Cloud, and has been able to meet regulatory deadlines, avoiding fines in the process.


Wednesday, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

Moscone South, Level San Francisco Ballroom 203


APIs, Multicloud Deployments and Disruptions

Session ID: 7400A



Join us to learn how clients are disrupting their markets by embarking on a multicloud API journey with a modern container architecture using IBM API Connect and Gateways. No matter where you are within this journey, you are gearing up for scalability, performance, and robust security on the cloud. This will give you an edge to compete and disrupt within your markets. Start on this journey with us and learn from IBM API Connect client experiences and architecture techniques how to create new partnerships and deliver business transformation.


Thursday, 8:30 AM – 9:10 AM

Moscone South, Exhibit Level, Hall C Cloud & Infrastructure Theater G


Building an API Center of Excellence with IBM API Connect

Session ID: 5549A



Organizations are rapidly undergoing digital transformation, adopting new technologies and APIs to drive innovation and growth. As multiple lines of business adopt APIs and API adoption increases, organizations must drive consistency and governance through all aspects of APIs from development to lifecycle management. APIs are a public persona of an organization and well-defined API governance is of the utmost importance and is the foundation for a successful API strategy. In this session, we will discuss the key ingredients to successfully establishing an API Center of Excellence, and will share best practices for leveraging IBM API Connect in that regard.


Thursday, 11:30 AM – 12:10 PM

Moscone South, Level 2

San Francisco Ballroom 204



Mastering Security and Performance with IBM API Connect

Session ID: 6785A



Security and performance are the two major cornerstones and challenges in any API microservices deployment. But you do not have to sacrifice one for the other. In this session, we will cover the concepts, technology and steps to implement your API solution to get the best security with the highest performance, in order to meet your consumers’ demands.



Thursday, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

Moscone South, Level 2

San  Francisco Ballroom 205



Think! By the Bay – IBM’s Think! 2019 Conference Preview

It’s that time of the year! IBM’s Think! Conference 2019 is just around the corner, with an official start on February 12th, and the iSOA Group team could not be more excited!  With a major change in location, this means that this years’ conference is in our own backyard – San Francisco. We are pumped to get together with a few thousand of our IBM and client friends from around the country and across the globe.

After many years in Las Vegas, we are looking forward to the scenery change and showing all the out-of-town IBMers how we Bay Area locals get down.   Last year’s Think! 2018 was a great event that included exciting sessions, great demos, collaboration with clients, IBM & partner experts, and our own Bryon Kataoka’s presentation in the solution center. However, for 2019, iSOA Group will be “in da house” kicking it off early before the start of Think! with an iSOA-curated tour of wineries in the Sonoma County Wine Country where we will hold discussions surrounding supporting the FHIR standard and API’s for healthcare companies.  This tasting tour will include transportation to and from a convenient location near the Moscone event center, a lovely ride up to the wine country, and an amazing lunch.  During the trip our CTO, Bryon Kataoka, will discuss our experience with a customer’s FHIR implementation and how companies are realizing the value of open standards and connectivity to share and protect patient and healthcare information.   For more information on our wine tour, please contact Natalia at

Between cups of coffee and a glass (or two!) of wine, we will also be attending sessions and connecting with colleagues. COO Cheryl Bertini will be participating in a few IBM PartnerWorld councils while the remaining team will be learning the latest on IBM technology and solutions, and how best to leverage them in today’s agile world of digital transformation.

Finding the iSOA Group team in the sea of “blue” won’t be difficult., Follow us on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook and look for us in our eye-catching shirts that the team will be wearing to help show off San Francisco and API Anarchy!

Check out our other planned Think! 2019 tips and tours:

Tomorrow we are posting a Blog, from our CTO Bryon Kataoka, with his session schedule and recommendations for 2019.  This year, for the first time in a long time, Bryon is not presenting – which means he actually has time to learn and collaborate with IBM technology leaders and clients.  Join Bryon in a class or reach out to schedule time for a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine).

Watch for our post on Thursday, where Cheryl Bertini will share her schedule. If you see Cheryl, be sure to ask her for restaurant or winery recommendations!

Keep an eye on the iSOA team at Twitter, Linked in and Facebook and let us know if we can be of assistance or if you would like to schedule some one-on-one time during Think! 2019. Have a great conference and enjoy this special place by the bay we call our hometown.

IBM DataPower Weekly Webcast: Migrating from API Connect v5 to v2018 – Jan 25, 2019 @ 11AM EST

This Friday, Bryon Kataoka – CTO of iSOA Group – will join IBM to present & discuss iSOA Group’s experience helping API Connect customers upgrade from APIC v5 to APIC v2018.

This webcast series is designed just for IBM Cloud Integration & Development product users. Every week one of our experts provides a 20-25 minute overview on a particular HOT topic related to the Integration & Development product family, including MQ, API Connect, DataPower, App Connect, and Aspera. This webcast series is designed to provide brief, easily digestible content on functionality, emerging use cases, best practices, recent announcements, and client successes.

Attend these short educational webcasts to learn how you can better leverage the Integration & Development portfolio in your organization, discover new areas of applicability and enable you to maximize the value of your investment.

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Want a copy of the deck? We will be posting it on the blog following the presentation on Friday.

REPLAY AVAILABLE – Reach Across the Cloud: Security & Compliance for Microsoft Customers

Topics discussed:

  • Cross-cloud security & authentication that supports Microsoft,
    including on-prem & Azure Active Directory with Kerberos,
    Federated SSO, & OpenID Authentication.
  • Extend compliance beyond the edge, deploying secured
    gateway solutions across cloud deployments.
  • Integrate & secure Microsoft applications & solutions across
    both private & public clouds.

GIVEAWAY at IBM’s THINK 2018 Conference in Las Vegas

Are you going to THINK?

Find an iSOA Group team member to receive some FUN swag and be entered to win a pair of Bose wireless headphones or a Hydro Flask! One winner will be chosen each day of the conference, with a grand prize winner chosen on Thursday, 3/22!

Make sure you are following us on Twitter to keep up-to-date on our whereabouts and activities. We look forward to seeing you there!


DataPower + Watson Services:  Accelerate innovation by bringing AI to secured message routing and integration

Author: Bryon Kataoka, iSOA Group CTO and Sudhir Mohith, IBM Hybrid Cloud Integration & Development Leader

IBM’s DataPower Gateway, and the new class president, Watson, have very different purposes – but, when their individual assets team up, they can expedite growth and company transformation. DataPower, designed to support security requirements, has been an industry leader in secure messaging gateways and integrations even before the IBM acquisition in 2005. Meanwhile, requirements to incorporate artificial intelligence (like IBM’s Watson) to improve the understanding of message content is fast becoming the norm. It is no longer enough for a bot to understand the denotation of your words, they must now also understand the connotation. Together they provide a secure avenue to have all your burning inquiries answered.

For example, imagine you wanted to order a bottle of cabernet for a weekend holiday. You go online to your favorite e-commerce website to order a 1989 “cab”  However, instead of a bottle of wine, a 1989 Chevy arrives at your door. With voice fast becoming a key interface for companies and their online interactions with customers, understanding the literal definition of our words is not enough, systems also need to be able to  interpret our intent, colloquialisms, and phrasing.

Incorporating AI contextual services can improve the understanding, and intent, of all digital communications.  These systems need to be both responsive and accurate at the time of the interaction with customer, employee, or audience, with the capability to comprehend the message’s purpose, as well as the literal meaning of the words, to help ensure the success of online agents and bots communications.  It can also can be a great asset for companies that are looking to expand – understanding the requests of clients in a nearby state, or a country half-way around the world, is critical to good business.  

One solution to this challenge is to integrate Watson’s NLC Services with DataPower. Integrating Watson NLC services to the secured messaging abilities of DataPower will enable your applications, and bots, to more clearly understand the intent and meaning of customer communications.   Watson requires training to understand the different communications and nuances of words, comparing the difference between cabernets and cabs.  Watson returns responses based on its confidence of the correct answer, DataPower will route based on the most probable answer.  The more questions Watson processes the smarter it gets and the more accurate the response along with the security and responsiveness of DataPower.

Want to learn more about how to add AI contextual services to your DataPower messaging?

Join us at IBM’s THINK 2018 to learn more! Register for session 3050, Extending Your Existing DataPower Implementation to Include Watson API Services. March 22, 11:30 AM-12:10 PM, Location: Mandalay Bay South, Level 1, Bayside B

Can’t make THINK 2018? Join us on Jason Pacini’s IBM weekly DataPower call on March 2nd at 11AM or 2PM EST.  

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IBM DataPower Weekly Webcast: Extending Your Existing DataPower Implementation to Include Watson API Services – March 2nd, 2018

Every Friday one of our experts provides a 20 minute overview on a particular topic related to the DataPower platform.  This webcast series is designed to provide brief, easily digestible content regarding DataPower functionality, emerging use cases, best practices, recent announcements, and client successes.  It is an opportunity to learn how you can better leverage DataPower in your organization and discover new areas of applicability. 

Friday at 11 am & 2 pm Eastern

This week we have two guest speakers, Bryon Kataoaka, CTO returns from iSOA Group and is joined by Sudhir Mohith, IBM WW Technical Channel Partner to discuss Extending Your Existing DataPower Implementation to Include Watson API Services., including an example use case of integrating DataPower and IBM Watson’s Natural Language Classifier to add intelligent understanding to DataPower message handling.

This session will preview their upcoming breakout session, 3050, at IBM Think 2018 conference and will cover:

* Value of integrating DataPower and Watson Natural Language Classifier (NLC)

* IBM’s Watson Natural Language Classifier (NLC)
* Extending DataPower Framework to Include Watson API’s such as NLC
* Sample Use Case

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Once connected to Webex, you can setup the audio connection though your PC or your phone.