Apollo GraphQL Appoints Josh McKenzie As New VP of Engineering, Brings Out New Enterprise Security And Governance Capabilities

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  • As VP of Engineering, McKenzie will bring valuable experience to Apollo as the company continues to expand its engineering team and grow its enterprise solution set to match the rapid open source adoption of GraphQL
  • Apollo also announced the availability of features that support enterprises’ need to balance security and governance with speed and flexibility

Apollo GraphQL has announced it has expanded its engineering team with the appointment of Josh McKenzie, who has been named Vice President of Engineering. It also announced a set of new enterprise security and collaboration capabilities in Apollo Studio to help organisations secure and scale their data graph across teams.

Matt DeBergalis, co-founder and CTO at Apollo GraphQL said, “Josh’s experience and leadership in open source and enterprise technology makes him the perfect fit to lead Apollo’s engineering team. We are at an inflection point with GraphQL: It’s been validated as a solution that the world has a massive appetite for, and Josh will help ensure that Apollo can match that appetite and meet the market demand already out there–while continuing to grow it.”

As VP of Engineering, McKenzie will bring valuable experience to Apollo as the company continues to expand its engineering team and grow its enterprise solution set to match the rapid open source adoption of GraphQL. He joins Apollo with a strong background in enterprise and open source software. He was most recently VP of Engineering at DataStax, leading the company’s engineering team. He is also a committer and member of the Apache Cassandra Project Management Committee. Prior to DataStax, McKenzie served as a technical team lead at Morningstar, spent several years building teams at a proprietary High Frequency Trading firm and at IBM working on network security.

Limit who can change production variants and assign API keys

Apollo also announced the availability of features that support enterprises’ need to balance security and governance with speed and flexibility. New enterprise-class graph access controls in Apollo Studio strengthen security and governance by providing granular control, based on roles, over who can view and change specific graphs.

It levergaes roles that directly mirror the roles of their users, organisations can control access at the user and graph level, as well as limit who can change production variants and assign API keys. The new access controls allow the companies to deliver their graph platform securely and at scale without compromising the developer productivity gains GraphQL provides.

Another addition in Apollo Studio Enterprise is Webhooks. This feature enables teams to configure programmatic notifications to be sent when their schemas change. Enterprise customers will be able to configure Webhooks to send notifications–in the form of standard HTTP requests–when a schema change occurs on one of their deployed graphs tracked in Apollo Studio. Webhooks can be used to capture changes in an external changelog, send custom messages, automate deployment workflows, and trigger custom workflows.

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