Developing A Successful API Economy

Developing A Successful API Economy

In simple terms, an API economy describes the process used by a business or enterprise to connect it’s customer interfaces with technology and software components already used internally for business practices. It requires effective management in order to achieve a smooth transition to integrate the two together. However, even highly tech-oriented companies that understand the real value of APIs often treat them as an afterthought rather than a core development feature of projects they develop internally.

APIs are often poorly designed and wind up costing thousands of dollars in undue maintenance and reengineering costs. Which is one of the reasons cloud-based application integration can bring in welcome solutions. They provide consistency and centralization that can be key to creating, managing and monitoring APIs and their performance. It’s also a way to expand your current marketplace and use these same applications to syndicate to new channels, markets and audiences.

When a company no longer has to look at each application as a separate and unique entity, it makes implementing and tracking integration that much easier. And more effective for the overall welfare of the company.

Technology is no longer tasked and controlled by the CIO and his team. Instead, we’re finding technology is now moving throughout the organization and impacting various teams at different levels. The CMO is soon predicted to be spending more on IT than the CIO. They understand that the most effective way to reach potential business is by giving prospects and customers what they want most: Ease of use.

Yet as much as the CMO wants and needs effective technology to allow his team to do the job efficiently, it will always remain a part of the CIOs job to ensure the safety and security of data flow within the company.

It’s now up to the CIOs to listen and understand what the entire business structure needs to run productively. There is no one size fits all solution and there never will be. What works for a large tech company will not be best for a small medical firm. The easiest approach will be to work with outside IT experts and industry analysts to help determine the best approach for the organization.

Especially as we move into new platforms, smarter technology, and faster moving systems, the key will be to consistently tailor a strategy for everything a company does, to make sure full integration isn’t just in the tech department, but exists throughout the organization.

Why Doctors Should Prepare For A Data Breach

Why Doctors Should Prepare For A Data Breach

When it comes to dealing with a data breach, it isn’t so much as if it will happen, as it is when. Studies have shown that one in four health care organizations have experienced a breach. And even if perfect security could be achieved, there is still the risk of someone with legitimate credentials accessing the data and using it inappropriately.

It’s human nature. We’re not perfect. Things happen.

Yet even with statistics showing how commonplace data breaches are in our society, what is surprising is how many health care organizations are not spending the time needed to prepare.

Preparation today is no longer about putting up a firewall to keep the bad guys out. With the growing availability of electronic devices, and an equally growing availability of patient data in electronic format, this approach is no longer feasible.

Instead of investing in firewalls, it’s now mandatory to create a system of continuous monitoring, to track how people access information and what they do once they get inside of the system.

To start, users should be subdivided into groups.

The greatest majority of users will use the system as intended on an infrequent basis. This would include patients that access their records a few times per year, for instance.

You will also have high-profile users who access the system on a regular basis in a variety of different ways. These users may have access to confidential or restricted records, or have the ability to use the system in more detailed ways. Inputting data for instance.

The higher the user profile, the more security is needed. That includes regular monitoring to ensure the system is used correctly. Through continuous monitoring, you’re more likely to catch the breach early in the process.

However, splitting people into groups and monitoring people based on their accessibility isn’t always accurate. You can’t always predict human nature. Because risk is always a constant ebb and flow environment, it’s important to have emergency overrides that allow authorized personnel to quickly restrict access and shut out eminent danger as appropriate.

If there is a situation, acting quickly is the key to success. Early response and quick action can not only help you avoid a larger problem, it can also save the potential of having a situation blow up into a publicity nightmare.

Stopping the situation is important; the right system protocol can cut your risk factors tenfold. Being prepared for a viral attack either in traditional or social media is also essential; it can make the difference between surviving and thriving.

Perfect security isn’t possible. But if you accept responsibility from the beginning – from planning, to monitoring, to recovering when things to wrong – you will provide your surest method of attack.