Nov 25 2013
Whether your are aiming for driving innovation, building partnerships or for an opportunity to expand your service or product, you need to know about business models that can be adopted to accomplish your goals with web APIs.
Our own clients typically begin with just one business reason for building an API, but they are ready for any change in business requirements with little additional effort. SlashDB provides unobstructed access to their data assets via an instant web API. Enable web and mobile applications for reading and writing, improve data management internally or provide on-demand data feeds in standard formats.
One of the most interesting resources about the business of APIs is this presentation from the first API Strategy & Practice conference: “API Business Models” by John Musser, founder of ProgrammableWeb. Find out what API business models are used by Sprint, Expedia, Google, Netflix, Facebook, New York Times, Amazon, PayPal, Salesforce.com, Intuit and other online business leaders.
Nov 14 2013
Thought Leaders From FullContact, Ancestry.com, Urban Mapping and SlashDB Discuss the Future of Data
Victor Olex represented the SlashDB team on a panel about the future of data at the API Strategy & Practice conference. See the video below for an hour-long session of different perspectives on the topic or fast forward to minute 44 for the best part
We thank the organizers API Evangelist and 3Scale for the opportunity to share our thoughts this way and feel privileged to share the stage with such renowned speakers and business leaders. Here’s the complete rundown of the video:
- 0:00:00 Opening remarks by Swift of HackerLeague
- 0:00:30 “Data Decay and the Illusion of Present” by Dan Lynn, CTO and Co-founder, FullContact
- 0:17:18 “API Redesign: Recreating an Internal Platform” by Harold Madsen, API Director, Ancestry.com
- 0:33:00 “The Future of Data” by Ian White, Founder and CEO, Urban Mapping
- 0:44:00 “Resource Oriented Architectures – The Future of Data APIs?“, Victor Olex, Founder and President, vt.enterprise (SlashDB)
- 1:01:00 Organizer announcement (lunch)
- 1:01:35 Panel Q&A
- 1:07:40 Closing remarks by Swift of HackerLeague
Nov 7 2013
PyData Conference beings Nov. 8th and runs through Sunday, Nov 10th at JPMorgan’s offices downtown Manhattan. Hundreds of data scientists, engineers and analysts are expected to attend this unique and highly technical event.
SlashDB a Proud Sponsor
Data science and quantitative analysis are huge use cases for SlashDB, and we are very pleased to be able to provide sponsorship for PyData.
Instead of wrangling with access to data, scientists turn to SlashDB to access unobstructed data from disparate sources under standard data formats for reading and writing via REST/HTTP API, directly from their tool of choice. This translates to time savings and avoidance of repetitive coding, especially when the same data must be used in several tools and applications.
Special Offer, Do Not Miss Out – Extended FREE Trial
For those who stop by our booth at PyData and/or fully fill out this web form we are offering an extended 3 month FREE trial of SlashDB!
Python just “fits your brain”. Many data scientists and quantitative analysts select Python as the programming language of choice, and we fully understand why. This multi-paradigm language helps avoid code cruft, runs fast and comes with rich data structures and libraries.
Not only is SlashDB straight-forward to use from Python but it is also the language used for customizing its behavior. By default, SlashDB automatically generates a RESTful web service out of existing databases, which results in a web API, which closely follows database structures. This is often desired because it promotes data transparency and provides building blocks for business solutions but in some cases databases can have less then perfect design. Using Python, that auto-generated data model can be overridden to hide those imperfections or add functionality.
Register for PyData
There may be still tickets available, but they have been selling fast so don’t delay and head over to the registration page.
(UPDATE) Sorry the conference is completely SOLD OUT. Even if you cannot make it to the conference, just completely fill out this web form and we will honor your registration and reward you with a 3 month free license.
Oct 25 2013
Fresh from the API Strategy & Practice – slides from The Future of Data session.
Where service oriented APIs are designed around business functions, resource oriented architectures are about providing unobstructed access to data assets. They are complementary and have distinct uses and trade-offs.
One participant remarked that the talk was in Tim O’Reilly style, entertaining but also with a solid basis in facts and history. We take it as the highest compliment.
Slides & Video
Oct 24 2013
As announced at the API Strategy & Practice conference today, SlashDB is now available on Amazon’s Web Services Marketplace.
Getting listed on the AWS Marketplace is an important milestone in the history of SlashDB because having your product featured on this particular marketplace is difficult due to standards and criteria that have to be met.
What does this mean for you (and your databases)?
SlashDB drastically shortens the time to market for on-demand data products and web APIs and makes secure, authenticated access to databases via XML, JSON, CSV and HTML quick and easy.
AWS Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy for you to find and immediately start using the software and services that run on the AWS Cloud. You can use AWS Marketplace’s 1-Click deployment to quickly launch SlashDB.
Want to try SlashDB risk free?
It’s easier than ever through the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. Click here to start your free trial and give it a try now on AWS.
API Strategy & Practice Conference
SlashDB’s first day at the API Strategy & Practice Conference located in San Francisco has been a success so far! Our premiere at the conference has been well received, and everyone seems to be abuzz with excitement as the first day of the conference progressed.
Victor Olex, SlashDB’s founder and technology architect here at the API Conference, gave a talk titled “Resource Oriented Architectures – the Future of Data APIs?”. The slides will be available here tomorrow.
Oct 22 2013
SlashDB will be making an appearance in this year’s API Strategy & Practice Conference. Stay tuned for major announcement from us on Thursday.
API Strategy and Practice is a vendor neutral and community supported API industry conference to connect API Practitioners and allow them to show case API’s to build traction in different communities. This conference is a great way to engage with new audiences to help them better understand the API space and possibly start their own API adventure.
A product of vt.enterprise and a provider of API services, SlashDB focuses primarily on delivering APIs from your relational database and provides a secure and easy way to manage essential data. The idea for SlashDB was conceived out of our consulting experience in the capital markets technology, which vt.enterprise has been doing since 2001. SlashDB was created in 2010, at first only as a solution targeted for securities reference data and market data. We then realized that it has a greater purpose of being used as a data gateway for web and mobile applications. Since then, SlashDB has been attracting clients in the financial, academic, and publishing industries and has been making significant progress.
Victor Olex, founder and technology architect of SlashDB, will be representing us at the API Strategy & Practice Conference in San Francisco, CA from Oct. 23rd – 25th. He will be making a presentation about the future of data APIs on Thursday, October 24th. Victor is a pioneer of Resource Oriented Architecture, a new approach to data integration, and has revolutionized the API industry by providing a way to easily search database content while preventing data duplication.
Sep 27 2013
SlashDB producer, vt.enterprise was among a select few companies invited to participate in a series of events with Polish economic delegation on Wednesday and Thursday this week in New York City.
Polish President Bronisław Komorowski, Vice-Minister of Economy Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, president of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Francisco J. Sánchez, Chief of Staff Dept. of Commerce Adam S. Wilczewski were among top ranking officials who met with representatives of Polish companies who are already doing or planning to do business in the United States. Representing vt.enterprise was Victor Olex, co-founder and CEO of the company.
vt.enterprise was established in 2001 by a pair of first-generation Polish immigrants. The company is fortunate to be able to leverage old-country’s intellectual capital for its research and development projects including SlashDB. Polish programmers consistently take top honors at programming contests such as Top Coder and ACM-ICPC.
Aug 13 2013
According to the DBEngines.com website the Top 10 Database ranking table is as follows.
It is interesting to observe a two orders of magnitude gap from top 3 and the rest of the pack.
SlashDB is known to work with all the relational ones but we have not tested it with Teradata yet. If you have one to test with, please contact us and we will be glad to make /db available to you at no cost.
We are often asked about support for MongoDB and it may get added in the future especially given its rising popularity.
|Rank||Last Month||DBMS||Database Model||Score||Changes|
|3.||2.||Microsoft SQL Server||Relational DBMS||1304.96||-17.02|
|7.||6.||Microsoft Access||Relational DBMS||150.88||+9.24|
Jul 16 2013
Come to the #Meetpacking event and experience the best #data #API. We will be conducting one-on-one demo of our software and share the tips how to connect databases to web and mobile applications.
May 14 2013
The video of our presentation at the last NY Enterprise Technology has been published on YouTube.
SlashDB is presented in context of systems of engagement. We discuss how to construct a uniform data architecture spanning enterprise and web.
Enterprise CIOs employ /db’s resource-oriented architecture to overcome data silos and shorten time to market for new business processes. Mobile enterprise application developers save time with /db used as gateway to legacy databases and can focus on engaging and value-adding business features.
May 7 2013
“Speed” and “data” are loaded terms that can be hard to cover in one article. TechCrunch has recently published an interesting compilation of perspectives from several leading technology firms that operate in this space.
Our founder and chief architect of SlashDB, Victor Olex was quoted about challenges with integrating traditional databases and web-scale information systems.
Here’s the link to the article:
Technocrati code 8VT4WUYJAVCM.
Apr 15 2013
We are very pleased to announce that SlashDB has been recognized the Business App of The Month by New York Enterprise Tech Meetup and will be demonstrated at the event tomorrow.
SlashDB seamlessly connects databases to authorized web, mobile and enterprise applications so that database content can be accessed in a uniform way from just about anywhere. The product has applications in master data management, data virtualization, data publishing APIs and mobile enterprise apps among others.
The New York Enterprise Tech Meetup is a monthly forum where innovation-seeking executives and venture investors meet cutting edge technology firms to freely network and learn from each other. Every month a select group of enterprise technology firms is asked to present at the event.
Mar 28 2013
Come hack with us April 6-7, 2013 at the Fintech Hackathon in NYC. Win $10,000 + exposure to thought leaders in the industry.
SlashDB is pleased to be a technology partner to the event among esteemed financial and web technology businesses such as: 10gen, Bloomberg, Caplin, CardFlight, Disqus, Dwolla, Estimize, Kaazing, Oanda, OpenFin, OpenGamma, StockTwits, Tradable, Xignite and Zipmark. Special thanks to Nick Gavronsky from OpenFin for inviting us to participate.
Although SlashDB has grown to become an industry agnostic database-to-web “middleware” the idea for it was actually conceived out of problems with data management observed in large financial institutions.
As you may know, SlashDB can create a mesh of all your database resources accessible in the same way, by referencing URLs. We call that a Resource Oriented Architecture (ROA). With the ROA approach there is far less of a need to use ETL processes and data warehouses. Instead of copying data, use a reference to data.
Data transparency and a capability for instant error correction naturally stem from this approach. Also, the fact you can use the same link to power an in-house trade processing service or a risk dashboard on a mobile device or even desk quant’s Excel workbook is for some just too good to be true. Except it is true and will become a norm.
SlashDB instance running on Amazon Elastic Cloud will be made available to the hackathon participants and will support any Amazon RDS databases (SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle) as well as SQLite files. If you have any questions for us ahead of the event, please send them to finhack @ slashdb.com.
We hope to see you there! Don’t delay, register now.
Mar 25 2013
SlashDB version 0.7 has just come out. This time, improvements focus on three things: user experience, robust system administrator functionality and enhanced authorization mechanisms. Try the new SlashDB and you will appreciate the benefits of data accessibility from anywhere.
Here’s what’s new in 0.7:
For data scientists, business analysts
SlashDB has this dual personality. It is the API developer’s best tool to incorporate databases into his/her web or mobile apps but the equally important aspect of the system addresses the needs of data scientists, business analysts and rapid application developers. Using SlashDB they get straightforward access to relevant data in its unobstructed form. Thanks to our latest GUI enhancements the web interface is now even more user friendly. New, responsive design allows for comfortable browsing through data on mobile devices while automatically generated, drill-down, filtering and sorting links help casual user discover the data and system’s functionality on the fly. As before you can use your favorite data analysis tools such as Excel, Matlab, SAS, R etc. to work with live data referenced by /db URLs.
For system administrators
Previously most settings would require editing configuration files on the server. We still have that option but since version 0.7 nearly all settings can be made in the web GUI or via a REST API. New authorization schemes now allow even greater flexibility in creating user segments with distinct permissions to data and system functions. Special users “admin” and “public” have been added. The former has full permissions to all system functions. The latter can be configured to offer limited access without requiring a login.
For CTO/CIO and software architects
Using SlashDB as a mobile enterprise application backend or to build an API is a sensible choice. Not only can you instantly leverage prior investments in databases but also remain in full control of your solution. That is because unlike SaaS offerings SlashDB can work in your data center or in your private cloud. See also this blog post.
Mar 14 2013
Many organizations are now building dedicated mobile solutions and most of them will face a dilemma of how to access internal databases on those devices. Direct connection is not an option due to firewalls and neither is VPN because phones can go out of network coverage at any moment. Some fall back on periodic synchronization when the device is back in office but that is like going back 20 years to the old PDA days. In order to access the data in real time a web service needs to be developed. That has proven to be neither easy nor cheap nor fast to accomplish.
It all changes with SlashDB.
Once installed next to a web server, SlashDB connects internal databases to authorized mobile and web applications. Technically speaking, it automatically constructs a REST/HTTP web service, which makes database content accessible by URLs for reading and writing, under compatible data formats.
Using SlashDB, enterprises can create meaningful systems of engagements themselves or in partnerships with clients or 3rd party developers.
The benefits of HTTP APIs go beyond just modernizing the technology infrastructure and translate to competitive advantage for one’s business.
For example, an executive could negotiate a better deal by having an up to date inventory data on hand. The inventory itself could be accurately calculated because purchase orders were captured on the fly from distributor’s outside salesperson’s device into company’s database.
Systems or engagement are about interaction, in the moment updates and sharing but they make business sense only if they can work with and leverage prior investments made into the systems of record. SlashDB makes the connection.
Feb 20 2013
SlashDB will be used to illustrate the talk on enterprise systems of engagement. You can catch our talk on Friday, Feb. 22nd, between 1:35pm-3pm, 429 Stage, API Strategy & Practice Conference, Westin Grand Central, New York, NY.
“Data API as a Foundation for Systems of Engagement”
Enterprise evolution to systems of engagement will only succeed if it can leverage and add value to existing systems of record. Relational databases are predominantly used for that but their content can be rather difficult to engage with. This holds true not only for the non-technical staff but increasingly also for the new breed of software developers, who are accustomed to the pragmatism of web APIs.
We are introducing the idea of Resource Oriented Architecture as a foundation for building enterprise systems of engagement. ROA is a data abstraction layer (API), which uses URLs as references to the data at source (database). We will show a functioning implementation of ROA in SlashDB and discuss both internal and external applications for this approach in a modern enterprise.
Jan 19 2013
That something can be done it doesn’t mean you should do it. Sharing a database server over VPN using public Internet is ripe with problems.
SQL database servers are designed for fast and reliable local area networks where constant connection between client and server can be maintained. VPN tunnels often shut down when there is no traffic, which can break existing connections. Further, the performance leaves a lot to be desired due to encryption and other overheads. People complain – a Google search for “database over VPN problem” yields almost 8.5 million references.
When database content needs to be accessed by remote clients over the Internet, an HTTP(S) web service is most likely the best solution. HTTP was designed for wide area networks and automatically comes with benefits of efficient caching, easy content sharing and is accessible from virtually all programming environments.