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Slow Healthcare Costs by Digitizing Healthcare The United States spends around 17-18% of its GDP on healthcare every year. When you put this into dollar numbers, it is a mind-boggling $2.9 trillion. Unfortunately, that spending will grow at a faster rate now due to baby boomers becoming an aging population, and they are the largest demographic in the U.S. (Baby boomers are about 76 million, which accounts for 25% of the population of the U.S.). The healthcare related spending is expected to grow at a faster pace than the under 5% annual rate it grew over the last decade. Unless the U.S. gets this spiraling healthcare spending under control, in a few short years we will be spending almost 25% of our entire GDP in healthcare trying to fix people’s failing health, instead of spending it somewhere else where it is desperately needed. Obviously, we can’t stop the aging po... (more)

Big Data – Big Help or Big Risk?

By Andy Thurai (Twitter: @AndyThurai) (Original version of this blog appeared on ProgrammableWeb) As promised in my last blog “Big Data, API, and IoT …..Newer technologies protected by older security” here is a deep dive on Big Data security and how to effortlessly secure Big Data effectively. Like many other open source models, Hadoop has followed a path that hasn’t focused much on security.  In order to effectively use Big Data, it needs to be secured properly. However if you try to force fit into an older security model, you might end up compromising more than you think. But if... (more)

API Management – Anyway You Want It

This article originally appeared on Gigaom. Enterprises are building an API First strategy to keep up with their customer needs, and provide resources and services that go beyond the confines of enterprise. With this shift to using APIs as an extension of their enterprise IT, the key challenge still remains choosing the right deployment model. Even with bullet-proof technology from a leading provider, your results could be disastrous if you start off with a wrong deployment model. Consider developer scale, innovation, incurring costs, complexity of API platform management, etc. O... (more)

Practicing Capitalism with APIs | @CloudExpo #DevOps #API #Microservices

As with most modernized economies, the United States economy utilizes capitalist principles. It is only fitting that we invented a technological solution that will help companies engage in c-api-talism using APIs in a more efficient manner. If we look back into the history of mankind, we progressed towards more civilized, mature, monetary-based economies on a steady basis. The progression from the Stone Age, to the Bronze Age, to the Iron Age, to the Industrial Age and to the current Digital Age all made strides towards the current digital economy. The Stone Age was about using... (more)

Why Are APIs So Popular?

Kin Lane recently wrote a couple of blogs about why copyrighting an API is not common. I couldn’t agree more that copyrighting APIs is uncommon. First of all, the API definition is just an interface (It is the implementation detail that is important, and needs to be guarded), so it doesn’t make any sense to copyright an interface. (It is almost like copyrighting a pretty face ). Secondly, the whole idea of exposing an API is you are looking for others to finish the work you started by just providing the plumbing work. Why would anyone want to get involved with a copyrighted API a... (more)