SlashDB at the API Strategy and Practice Conference

SlashDB at the API Strategy and Practice Conference

SlashDB is proud to announce that founder and CEO, Victor Olex, had the honor of giving a presentation at the most recent API Strategy and Practice Conference. Olex, acting as SlashDB’s representative, presented a talk on API advancements and development, sharing the stage with representatives from Walgreens, CapitalOne, Intuit, and Datafiniti.

Olex, a proponent and innovator of API technology, delivered an intelligent and compelling presentation on the ability of APIs to completely restructure the database ecosystem, as well as SlashDB’s commitment to simplifying database interactionsvo_slashdb through increased accessibility and searchability. Olex was lauded by fellow participants for his presentation, with one participant stating that SlashDB’s achievements in the field of API development were the highlight of the conference.

You can view Olex’s full presentation here or read below for a run-down of the highlights of his talk.

Statistically Speaking

Olex’s talk focused in part on offering concrete statistical data on the financial benefits of adopting APIs. For instance, in 2015 companies globally spent $2.3 T (that’s right, trillion) on IT systems. Of that$350 B (billion!) was spent on technicaldata_integration_pull_quote consulting and software integration services, while still another $140 B was spent on middleware. In total, half a trillion dollars is spent annually on data and data integration software. Saying that this is a lot of money to spend on data-related software is an understatement.

So where exactly is all of this money going? A quick breakdown reveals that most of it is used to cover expenses for integration ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) and Data Warehousing. Fortunately, the extreme financial upkeep for these types of databases can be greatly reduced by adopting an API database add-on like SlashDB’s, which favors accessibility and searchability over a single access point.

Multiply Investments with Amazonian-Sized Results

Olex reviewed the successes of APIs in businesses, notably using Amazon as an example of how investing in an API can lead to (hugely) increased returns. Amazonamazon_logo adopted an API in 2002 and, flashing forward to 2016, Amazon is now reaping the benefits of that decision. Since adopting an API, Amazon’s returns have increased by 4,000%. Needless to say, this is a huge, almost fantastical, return for investing in an API.

API Accessibility

In his presentation, Olex aptly pointed out that the underlying theme of the conference was accessibility, a theme that he took up with great enthusiasm and insight, offering excellent justifications for adopting APIs to meet accessibility needs in databases. Olex passionately advocated for a “what you see is what you get” interface which allows users to access and retrieve data with ease, relying on their intuition to guide them through the database rather than relying on complicated queries. Olex was quick to point out that SlashDB implements this exact setup, providing an API add-on that creates hyperlinks for each piece of data, which is literally like having your data at your fingertips.

SlashDB as a Solution

The intelligent and compelling presentations at the conference definitely highlight the fact that APIs have made serious inroads into the logos of businesses within theslashdb-logo-stacked-75 past year. Their popularity will only continue to grow and progress into mainstream business practices.

At SlashDB we’re committed to creating APIs with accessibility, searchability, and speed. Join us in our mission to rehabilitate the database ecosystem into a thing of streamlined beauty (and save yourself time and money in the process).

Full Session Video

Without further ado we present the entire video of the “APIs in Enterprise” session (you can jump straight to minute 32 when our part begins here). Enjoy.

Invitation to the API Strategy and Practice Conference

Invitation to the API Strategy and Practice Conference

We are excited to announce that our founder and CEO, Victor Olex, will be speaking alongside delegates from Walgreens, Intuit and CapitalOne at the 2015 API Strategy and Practice Conference taking place in Austin, Texas November 18th – November 20th.

The API Strategy and Practice conference is a vendor neutral and community supported API industry conference. The goal of this conference is to connect API practitioners and provide a platform to showcase and discuss APIs. This venue is a great way to engage with audiences and learn more about APIs.

This year’s conference will cover a range of interesting topics – you’ll have more than enough opportunities to really get your geek on. Most exciting of all (we’re slightly biased) will be Olex’s presentation – taking place on Friday, November 20th at 2pm. His talk will be featured as a part of the APIs in Enterprise segment, sharing the stage with delegates from Walgreens and Intuit. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the topics he will cover:

  • Modernization of Legacy Client/Server Systems with APIs
  • Using APIs Internally for Reporting, Data Science, and System Integration
  • Advantages of Creating an API Layer Over ETL and Data Warehousing

Olex will be representing SlashDB, which focuses on delivering APIs from your relational database and slashdb-logo-stacked-100providing an easy and secure way to manage essential data. Founded in 2010, SlashDB was initially conceived as a solution for securities reference data and market data. A short time after this our team had a major eureka moment and realized that our product could be used as a data gateway for web and mobile applications. We’ve definitely hit our stride since then and now serve a wide range of clients in the financial, academic, tourism, and publishing industries.

If you’re in the Austin, Texas area November 18th – 20th and you have an interest in APIs or simply want to learn more about APIs, you definitely need to check out the API Strategy and Practice Conference. This is a great opportunity to learn and network.