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September 02, 2015 3:33 PM ET

Internet Software and Services

Company Overview of Akana, Inc.

Company Overview

Akana, Inc. offers a suite of API management, API security, service oriented architecture (SOA) governance, cloud integration, and microservices solutions to help businesses accelerate digital transformation by extending their reach across mobile, cloud, and Internet of Things channels. The company enables enterprises to deliver scalable applications, share data as APIs, connect and integrate applications, drive partner adoption, monetize their assets, and provide intelligent insights into their business and operations. It offers Akana API Gateway, a solution that streamlines the management, deployment, development, and operation of APIs, enhancing security and regulatory compliance through ...

12100 Wilshire Boulevard

Suite 1800

Los Angeles, CA 90025

United States

Founded in 1998

Phone:

310-826-1317

Fax:

310-820-8601

Key Executives for Akana, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Age: 58
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 60
Executive Vice President
Senior Vice President of Technology
Chief Technology Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Akana, Inc. Key Developments

Akana Announces Availability of the New Akana Healthcare Solution

Akana announced the availability of the new Akana Healthcare Solution. The API-driven solution helps healthcare organizations accelerate their transition to being secure, digitally interoperable businesses. It leverages the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard to enable broader business use of medical data. Akana developed the Healthcare Solution in response to healthcare businesses that want to increase electronic, multi-device access to health records while reducing operating costs and complying with government regulations. In order to be successful in leveraging EHR data for higher level processing and improved patient outcomes, the data locked within the EHR and other proprietary data sources must be made available for use in a secure and controlled manner. The Akana solution solves this problem by opening up secure access to data in EHRs. Akana’s Healthcare Solution combines the power of the Akana API Management platform with HL7 FHIR and preconfigured healthcare assets to provide an end-to-end solution for API-enabled healthcare. This solution approach addresses a basic industry need. Multiple healthcare organizations must typically work together for a single patient’s healthcare outcome. The communication channels between the hospitals, specialists, labs and others serving the patient must be open and able to securely transfer EHR data. Using APIs reduces the time and cost of partner integration as well as improve patient outcomes with more readily available data. For healthcare partners that want to take advantage of APIs for this kind of data sharing, Akana’s Healthcare Solution manages the required API-related onboarding and communications. It allows for controlled, managed and secure access to the APIs carrying sensitive patient information between partners. The Akana solution helps organization more easily secure and manage APIs that connect devices to EHRs in healthcare’s Internet of Things (IoT). Healthcare has long embraced the IoT concept. The transfer of data from healthcare devices into a patient’s EHR is a factor in that patient’s health outcome. It will affect the success of the healthcare provider and that of the device provider. The APIs delivering this data must be easily provisioned and integrated, secured, scalable, and auditable. Akana’s Healthcare Solution focuses on the complete lifecycle of the API, starting with design and continuing through run and consumption. It offers DevOps and continuing delivery capabilities with audits and accountability. The Akana Healthcare Solution highlights include: HL7 FHIR resources schema management; HL7 FHIR resource profile validation and auto-provisioning; HL7 FHIR server deployment and datasource mapping; Centralized healthcare security policy management; Micro-orchestration for healthcare document and message build out; Policy-based data collection for regulatory and security compliance; Healthcare partner onboarding and provisioning; and Enterprise internal and external API community management.

Akana Releases Envision to Enhance API Analytics

Akana announced that it has released Envision, an enhanced API analytics platform that helps enterprises to mine critical insights across their digital eco-systems, understand their customers and partners and offer value-added personalised services. Akana Envision provides businesses advanced analytics and insights into how their APIs are performing, how they are being used and how they are driving business value. Akana Envision is an extension of the Akana API Management platform’s existing analytics capabilities. Integrating business and operational analytics with extensive out-of-the-box functionality, Envision empowers digital businesses to extract meaningful insights from their API data and the surrounding context of how and where that data is being leveraged. Extensible and configurable, the platform can be utilized to perform complex custom analytics or integrate with an existing analytics platform to reduce infrastructure redundancy. It targets enterprises that require advanced analytics and insights around their APIs and the data that is exchanged through these APIs. Envision’s core business analytics capabilities allow for tracking product, customer and monetization trends. The platform can also help identify new opportunities and provide insights to improve business models. Envision API Analytics help identify top APIs by usage, monetization, app type, platform or channel. API owners can analyze API licenses and usage as a means to fine-tune developer and partner onboarding. Operationally, IT professionals can use Envision to analyze how their infrastructure responds to requests from different devices, locations and request types. Enterprises gain the ability to manage quality-of-service of their APIs, oversee quota usage and troubleshoot and react to problems before they can adversely impact their business.

Akana Introduces DevOps Automation Across API Development and API Management

Akana, Inc. announced that it is introducing DevOps automation to the API lifecycle. New capabilities in Akana’s API Management platform significantly reduce the time required to update API definitions and versions. DevOps teams will be able to work faster in designing and developing APIs, as well as managing them at runtime and publishing them to a portal. The move brings Akana’s robust, proven API management technology to the emerging DevOps discipline, helping speed up provisioning of APIs to developers and partners while improving alignment of IT processes and business initiatives. DevOps merges software development and IT operations in a unified workflow, with continuous updating of applications in production. As a result, DevOps has an impact on the API lifecycle, typically requiring manual intervention. DevOps and continuous integration principles also affect security and operational policies governing APIs. Changes to API definitions that result from new builds have to be propagated to the API Portal. The API owner then has to update the documentation. To date, these kinds of changes to policy and API documentation have been performed through disconnected manual processes that require several actors across IT and the business. Akana now brings DevOps automations to a typical API Lifecycle. Key components of Akana’s updated solution for DevOps automation include: Integration with continuous integration platforms such as Jenkins and TeamCity; Provision for appropriate approvals to push updates to API Portal and API Gateway; Support for standard API descriptor documents types, such as Swagger, RAML and WADL. AkanaLifecycle Manager’s support for continuous integration platforms such as Jenkins and TeamCity can now be extended to include automated API portal provisioning. Driven by an inbound event from an organization’s build tooling of choice, Akana Lifecycle Manager can route the selected build output through appropriate approvals as per customer requirements. Once approval is granted (or automatically given based on configuration), Akana can automatically refresh the API definition and supporting productization content (e.g., detailed user documentation, updated licensing models for partner or end-user consumption, updated iconography) to the customer’s Community Manager-based API portal. With the Akana solution working in a DevOps context, developers can source API content from leading Software Configuration Managers (SCMs) such as GitHub, Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) among many others via Lifecycle Manager’s AnySource Asset Adapter (ASAA) content automation framework. Akana’s integrated API automation and management suite supports standard API descriptor document types including Swagger, RAML, WADL and WSDL. The combination of Lifecycle Manager’s fully configurable process automation capabilities with Akana Community Manager’s rich set of REST APIs enables customers to eliminate the potential for human error during API publication and update.

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