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November 1, 2021
i8c Technical University

On Thursday October 21st, we organized our first Technical University. In collaboration with our colleagues of i8c, Integration Team and Archers we filled a full day with knowledge sharing. The main goal of this day was to share technical knowledge and practical experiences from recent projects. What projects are we doing for our clients? What […]

July 26, 2021
Our experience with installing IBM API Connect v10 on IBM Kubernetes

by Jef Jansen, IBM Integration Specialist. I wanted to experiment a bit with the latest new features from IBM API Connect v10.0.2.0. I thought let’s perform a quick install on the IBM Kubernetes Service (IKS). As it is from the same vendor it should be easy … I downloaded the following files from fix central: […]

June 21, 2021
IBM API Connect - Custom validation error handling with the default Validation policy.

Introduction IBM API Connect provides a default ‘Validation’ policy. In case you would like to use this policy to validate API definitions (example given: the body of a POST message), it will provide a default error message. In case you want to do something with the error response of the ‘Validate’ policy (example given: map […]

October 25, 2020
Using Postman to automate API Connect administration

Using Postman and the API Connect 2018 APIs for semi-automated creation and configuration of Consumer Organizations and Applications APIC 2018 has multiple ways of administration access, the most well-known and used being the web GUI. Another way is using the inbuilt management API’s which is a great option for automation. This guide will focus on […]

October 25, 2020
API Connect - using OAuth 2.0 with GCP as third party OAuth provider

OAuth 2.0: Secure server to server application connections with GCP as third party OAuth provider Product Information IBM API Connect V2018.4.1.x - v5c Requirements Developer account on APIC (used version v2018.4.1.x) Google service account. Case: oAuth conncection GCP In this blog we will take a look on how we can create a secure connection between […]

October 25, 2020
API Connect - UDP overwrite parameters

Product information IBM API Connect V2018.4.1.x - v5c Case: User Defined Policies In the past we have built a UDP (User Defined Policy) to sign SOAP messages before sending them to an external server. The goal of this UDP was, that this UDP would be used for one specific partner (all parameters where hardcoded […]

July 15, 2020
Eduardo’s integration journey

Because Eduardo has long been intrigued by the world of integration, his main goal has always been to grow his skills in this area of expertise. With the ambition of becoming a real technical integration expert, Eduardo today works as a technical lead at Lineas, where he leads the implementation of a new integration platform.  […]

June 4, 2020
Niki – Business Integration Consultant @ Integration Designers

Throughout his entire career, Niki was passionate about people and technology. Two fields of interest that led to an important choice regarding his professional career: growing into aproduct specialist -and become a real technical expert -or aiming for a steering rolein which he directs others?  People vs. Technology Previous projects gave Niki the opportunity to gain many technical integration […]

April 21, 2020
How to get started with User Defined Policies

Introduction To successfully complete a project at one of our clients, the demand arose to sign SOAP messages before sending them to an external server. As SOAP signing was not supported (at the time of writing), a custom solution was needed. At first, we wrote gateway scripts which initially to sign SOAP messages. Given that we […]

April 8, 2020
Installation of IBM API Connect on Amazon EKS

A cost-efficient setup of IBM API Connect (APIC) has been deployed to Amazon EKS. To achieve this, per environment, a single instance of the API Manager, Developer Portal and Analytics subsystem is deployed to a ‘mgmt’ worker node. In the production environment three replicas of the API Gateway are deployed, one gateway per availability zone.  […]

March 14, 2019
My visit to Think2019.

What is Think2019? It’s IBM’s flagship business and technology conference. This year the hosting city was San Francisco. A very nice and cultural city, but I don’t think they took the weather into account in the decision of their lounge infrastructures at the conference. To summarize the weather during the convention: sunny with clouds, rain ,rain […]

April 11, 2018
Visiting IBM Think 2018

I decided to attend the IBM Think 2018 conference in Las Vegas. It was the first time that IBM brought all of its big conference together at one location. The program is impressive with a wide area of topics: - Cloud - Collaboration - Customer Engagement - Data and Analytics - Dev - Human Resources […]

March 20, 2018
Think 2018

Last Sunday Think 2018 started. Think is IBM’s largest conference. On this conference some new exciting developments were announced in our world of integration. In this blog I will highlights some points I am most excited about. A more in depth blog with focus on ACE will follow as soon as I have the time. […]

October 5, 2017
XSD Visualisation Part 1

By Niki Heyligen An analysis team at a client was looking for an easy to use tool to visualize XSD’s and WSDL’s. As this was not a technical team, but a team that has a focus on the business and functional aspect of a project, there was no interest in seeing the contracts in its […]

February 11, 2017
IBM Watson Customer Engagement

A few weeks ago, I attended a big IBM training event about IBM’s e-commerce offering. During the conference, a new brand name was released: “Watson Customer Engagement”. My primary interest was the B2B integration solution of IBM, that is part of this suite and falls under the category “Watson Supply Chain”. IBM has an extensive […]

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