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.

CIOReview: API as a Foundation for Systems of Engagement

CIOReview: API as a Foundation for Systems of Engagement

Influential technology management magazine CIOReview features two-page opinion piece from SlashDB’s founder and CEO Victor Olex:

APIs as a Foundation for Systems of Engagement.

Whereas cloud-to-cloud benefits of APIs have been covered at length elsewhere, Mr. Olex looks at APIs from the perspective of larger organizations with legacy systems on premises.

Learn how enterprises extend those systems to the cloud, why this is taking place, and why APIs are the enabling technology. Find out the difference between resource vs. service oriented architectures.

Under ROA data resources should be uniformly accessible to both software engineers and domain knowledge workers (data scientists,
business intelligence, quantitative analysts and salespeople.

What do Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and have to do with your  enterprise systems? Consider the implications of leveraging third-party cloud-based systems.

(…) no matter how compelling and easy to use those (SaaS) apps are, they are disconnected from your business’ systems
of record. Working in isolation they cannot fully support custom business processes.

cxo insightsYou can download the reprint of whole article from here:


SlashDB is an API gateway for databases and a key component in solutions for extending legacy client/server systems into cloud, mobile and Big Data applications. Questions about API, data management or cloud applications? Please contact us for a free consultation.

Leaders From FullContact,, Urban Mapping and SlashDB Discuss the Future of Data

Leaders From FullContact,, 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:

APIs and The Future of Data @ APIStrat. For more videos from the conference head over to YouTube.

Are Resource Oriented Architectures the Future of Data APIs?

Are Resource Oriented Architectures the Future of Data APIs?

Fresh from the API Strategy & Practice – slides from The Future of Data session.

apistrat-future-of-dataSlashDB’s founder Victor Olex gave talk on this topic at the API Strategy & Practice conference yesterday.

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

We are making the slides available here in PDF and PowerPoint Show formats. As soon as a the video comes out we will share it on this blog so stay tuned (subscribe form on the sidebar).

SlashDB Now Available through Amazon Web Services Marketplace

SlashDB Now Available through Amazon Web Services Marketplace

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.

Meet with SlashDB at the API Strategy & Practice Conference Oct. 23rd – 25th

Meet with SlashDB at the API Strategy & Practice Conference Oct. 23rd – 25th

SlashDB will be making an appearance in this year’s API Strategy & Practice Conference. Stay tuned for major announcement from us on Thursday.

Go to conference homepage

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.

Also on Thursday a major announcement from SlashDB will be made at the conference and on this blog, so stay tuned. Follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

Big Data or Linked Data?

Big Data or Linked Data?

Roberto V. Zicari, editor of has recently published an interview with a practicing data scientist John Goodwin about using semantic web technologies such as RDF to cope with large amount of data in disparate sources.

Says Goodwin:

Linked data is great for data integration – a common data language makes it easy (or rather easier) to bring a number of disparate datasets together. It is also more flexible than traditional relational database technologies. (…) I find graphs to be the most natural way to think about data.

But as we pointed it out before, enterprise’s mission critical data resides in relational databases. The very reason why SlashDB was created is to make it more accessible. SlashDB is not a database but thin graph and document facades over relational data, conveniently delivered through a REST/HTTP interface in various representations.

Take a look at this example from our demo website, which exposes a database for an online music store.

Customer record can adressed as follows:

From there you can traverse along the graph’s edge to the Invoice table to show invoices related to that customer:,

You can continue doing that to Invoice Line items then on to Track to see which songs this customer has purchased:

Take a pause and think how much more natural this feels than writing a SQL code to say nothing of the fact that it easily fits in a browser’s address bar.

In SlashDB your journey through data begins at the root node of the graph /db.html where links to multiple databases can be provided (not shown in public demo).

At the moment SlashDB provides XML, JSON, CSV and HTML representations but RDF format is not yet supported. Please drop us line if this feature would be of interest to you. If you are interested in trying SlashDB with your databases, just head over to GET /db page here to request a free trial.

To read the full interview: On Linked Data. Interview with John Goodwin. | ODBMS Industry Watch.

Double Applause for SlashDB at NYETM

Double Applause for SlashDB at NYETM

The video of our presentation at the last NY Enterprise Technology has been published on YouTube.

roa-beyond-one-enterprise-no-title-tinySlashDB 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.

SlashDB Among Tech Partners to the Fintech Hackathon

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 @

We hope to see you there! Don’t delay, register now.

SlashDB ver. 0.7 Released, Improved UX and Admin Functions

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.

User Experience in ver. 0.7

User Experience in ver. 0.7