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SlashDB ver. 0.8 Debuts on Microsoft Azure

SlashDB ver. 0.8 Debuts on Microsoft Azure

The latest version of SlashDB launches on Microsoft’s cloud — a direct result of a partnership agreement between VT Enterprise and Microsoft. Pricing starts at $0/hr.

SlashDB is an automatic REST API for databases. The product instantly enhances existing web-based systems with a flexible data API for reading and writing in JSON, XML and CSV formats. Using SlashDB, web businesses achieve the shortest time to market for their API initiatives in marketing, e-commerce or data monetization programs. Enterprise clients utilize SlashDB to enable traditional client/server systems to work with modern HTML5 and mobile front-ends.

Indisputable Return on Investment

Microsoft_Azure_CertifiedUp to 90% of API development time can be saved by deploying SlashDB software. With the instant availability and pay-as-you-go per-minute billing for SlashDB on Azure there is no delay to start an API project and no upfront costs for hardware, networking and software development.

SlashDB clients report $30-$40k in savings per annum per developer. Developers can often entirely avoid boiler-plate data access code in Java Enterprise Edition (JEE), Microsoft .NET, PHP, object relational mappers (ORM) or other code-heavy approaches. Repetitive work is avoided due to SlashDB’s unique ability to automatically emerge new API endpoints as new tables are added or changed in the database.

What’s New in Version 0.8

Availability

SlashDB version 0.8 is immediately available from Microsoft Azure Marketplace and for on-premises installation. Version 0.7 is also available on Amazon Web Services with the update coming soon.

UPDATE: AWS Marketplace has the latest version now too.

Is Software as a Service a Good Choice for Your Business?

Is Software as a Service a Good Choice for Your Business?

Does your business utilize online tools to increase productivity or access functionality not easily available from desktop software? Chances are the answer is yes and that you have heard of SaaS, but are you aware of risks and dangers associated with it and how to avoid them?

SaaS is the acronym for “software as a service” and it has exploded in popularity as Internet speeds increase and data sharing booms. Businesses have become reliant on web applications and services for various aspects of their business from operations to marketing, to R&D and even finance. There are pros and cons to this type of relationship and its best to have an understanding of that balance in order to make an informed decision.

Here Today Gone Tomorrow

SaaS illustration - cloud with lighting.SaaS companies usually bill on a monthly basis and strive to keep clients dependent on their service. This can be a cost effective option to reduce capital outlays, but keep in mind that the SaaS provider is constantly changing their software or can shut down without warning.

In the case of Repost.us, this company was launched and closed so fast users were left scrambling. Repost developed a business model that strived to increase exposure for publishers that are faced with the challenge to increase exposure for their content. This launch sounded great and filled a gap in the industry, so businesses shifted their strategy to include Repost.us and allocated a lot of time, money and resources only discover that the doors were going to shut down within a year of the launch. This demonstrates an inherent risk, but it is generally less expensive for a business to take this risk than to develop their own syndication software from scratch. The key is to be aware of this risk and make sure your business can quickly absorb any change.

Wait for It

Even when dealing with stable SaaS companies the relationship is not without issues. Successful SaaS startups are often challenged by providing consistent performance as the service grows in popularity. It has been proven much harder to develop truly scalable, multi-tenant distributed software for third party’s use than even a large enterprise-scale system for internal use, where many issues such as security, feature adoption and business process integration typically are well defined by existing solutions and established best practices.

Data Silos

Because SaaS products generally tend to serve only a single purpose, a business that utilizes many of these services is not only paying multiple subscription fees on a recurring basis, but also ends up with its mission critical data segmented across the web on various platforms. REST API integration services such as Zapier and IFTTT can be used to mitigate that problem to some degree, but again a business would be adding another service provider to the mix and another layer of complexity to its technology operations. It is evident that flexibility of keeping data in the cloud has proven to be valuable. That being said, it is worth taking time to review where your business’ potential liabilities and exposures exist so you make the right decisions.

Custom Tailored Solutions in the Cloud

The flip side is cloud services that actually bring amazing advances to a business and reduce costs, allowing for things never before possible. Let’s take a look at Amazon Web Services,  a reputable and stable platform that offers scalable computing infrastructure. While technically an Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), AWS has a gamut of add-on services, which put it way ahead of traditional web hosting and co-location facilities.

One such service is the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. AWS Marketplace is an online store that helps customers find, buy, and immediately start using the software and services that run in Amazon EC2 cloud. Many businesses leverage AWS Marketplace to receive the benefits of SaaS without relinquishing control over the software upgrade cycle, security setup, and integration capabilities. Enterprise quality software from established providers such as Oracle and Microsoft can be used together with bleeding edge solutions from smaller independent software vendors and Amazon’s own web services.

Customers of SlashDB have taken advantage of its availability in AWS Marketplace knowing that the underpinning computing infrastructure will allow for massive scalability and robustness.  At the same time those customers retain full control over software upgrades and have an option to migrate and/or integrate with internal data center, if required. SlashDB instantly adds a REST API to traditional SQL databases for reading and writing in JSON, XML, CSV and HTML formats. It has found applications in enterprise data integration, syncing internal databases with their cloud replicas and as a data gateway for web and mobile enterprise applications.

Survival of the Fittest

Taking into account all the factors will help create a business environment that uses the latest technologies while balancing their own data security needs. As time passes and more businesses continue to embrace software as a service the strongest providers will prevail, making the overall system increasingly more secure and reliable. At the same time the need for API integration will only increase. This dance between business and technology is the driving force behind all the latest innovations, so stay informed and good luck with your next SaaS choice.

SlashDB Airzooka Raffle at PyData

SlashDB Airzooka Raffle at PyData

Welcome back, here’s a short blast from the past, a video featuring SlashDB that we just discovered on the web.

In November last year we were proud sponsors of the PyData conference. In this lightning talk we are outlining SlashDB’s main benefits. After the presentation we are using random number generator in Google Spreadsheet to raffle-off an Airzooka gun.

http://vimeo.com/79936618

20 Business Models for Web APIs and How to Be Ready

20 Business Models for Web APIs and How to Be Ready

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.

http://www.slideshare.net/jmusser/j-musser-apibizmodels2013

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

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:

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

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.

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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.

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 Applauded at PyData Conference

SlashDB lightning talk at the PyData conference was received with a round of applause. Please contact us to discuss /db features in context of your work or to schedule a dedicated presentation.

/db Demo Site Gets Google Search

We have added Google Custom Search to our /db live demo website. Since /db generates links to related records, Google’s web crawler was able to seamlessly index entire database. All we had to do is just add a search box and instantly our database content became searchable.

This can be a powerful feature when deploying /db on intranets. Users with domain knowledge often struggle with locating data for analysis or reports. By simply searching for something they know, they can quickly arrive at the right context, see the data in HTML and then use the same URL to retrieve the data in a format most suitable for their work (i.e. XML, JSON, CSV).

/db ver. 0.4 released

New version of /db has been released. Performance improvements to XML generator, new configuration options, and new relationship traversing algorithm are among “What’s new”.