Matthias Biehl

Matthias Biehl

API Strategist at Software AG

API Strategist at Software AG. Matthias empowers customers to discover their opportunities for innovation with APIs & ecosystems and turn them into actionable digital strategies. Based on his experience in leading large-scale API initiatives in both business and technology roles in banking, insurance, media, and telco, he shares best practices and provides strategic guidance. Matthias is the author of several books on APIs, and regularly speaks at technology conferences.

Recent posts

  • Integration & APIs

    Do you still “copy-paste” between apps? If so, it’s time to stop.

    “Copy-paste” is great. In fact, it’s probably the most widely used shortcut of any knowledge worker. It is the quick-and-easy way of teleporting data from one SaaS app to another in a couple of keystrokes. But if you copy and paste between the same apps on a daily basis, it can actually be a sign of inefficiency in your organization.…

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    Integration & APIs

    Are you strategic about API monetization?

    In the last blog post I talked about an alternative to the well-known direct API monetization, called indirect API monetization. As I mentioned, to construct APIs that lend themselves to indirect API monetization, you can follow one of several patterns.   But, if you want to make the most out of your API monetization opportunity, neither direct nor indirect API…

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  • Integration & APIs

    Don’t just monetize your APIs – do this instead

    "How can we make money with our APIs?” This is a question I get asked quite often when working with customers on their API strategy. For some, this question comes up when they are starting their API initiative - for others it comes up much later in their journey, after having grown their internal API portfolio and planning to selectively…

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  • Integration & APIs

    APIs under attack: upgrade your security now

    The API security threat is often underestimated, as an increasing amount of security incidents painfully testify.APIs are quickly becoming the primary attack vector for enterprise IT systems. Too many organizations are still unaware of the security implications for APIs, and are hit by surprise - don’t be one of them! Growing awareness for API security We know APIs are THE…

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  • Integration & APIs

    Designing great API developer experiences – Part 4

    A great developer experience for your APIs does not happen by magic, it takes hard work. In Part 1, I talked about how the functional aspects of APIs must be accompanied by this great experience.In Part 2, I talked about how API consumers should be treated as a new customer segment, which requires its own customer experience.In Part 3, I provided some practical insights into…

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  • Integration & APIs

    Designing great API developer experiences – Part 3

    Designing a great experience for API developers is only possible if you truly understand who the developers are and what tasks they are trying to perform. There are several aspects to a great developer experience (DX): In Part 1, I talked about how the functional aspects of APIs must be accompanied by this great experience. In Part 2, I talked about how…

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  • Integration & APIs

    Designing great API developer experiences – Part 2

    When you start to offer APIs to developers, it is critical to design a great experience for the developers using your APIs. There are several aspects to a great developer experience: In Part 1, I talked about how the functional aspects of APIs must be accompanied by this great experience. And in this post, I want to explain why it is…

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  • Integration & APIs

    Designing great API developer experiences – Part 1

    In their digital transformation initiatives, more and more organizations are becoming API providers and want to boost the usage of their APIs among developers. But focusing only on the functional aspects of the API is a common mistake – let me show you how to avoid it. The functional aspects of APIs are important: A good API enables developers to…

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  • Integration & APIs

    Six open banking strategy blueprints

    Since open banking has moved away from the area of "check-the-box compliance” and into the area of innovative opportunities, it has also become a topic of strategic interest. In this blog, I look at open banking from the bank’s perspective. Here I will explore six different open banking strategy blueprints, along two dimensions: (1) ownership of the customer interface (internal/external) and (2)…

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  • Integration & APIs

    Open up the banking stack

    Banks traditionally preferred to have tight control over their products and delivery channels, but today’s customers are increasingly looking for broader choices. They want the banking products in the channel of their choice, at exactly the time they need it, and tailored to their personal preferences. This requires banks to open up their “banking stack” to third parties. Banks typically…

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