Jeff Sussna is a leading voice in the DevOps community. Advocating the approach of “moving fast without breaking things,” he helps organizations evolve toward high-performing teams in an agile ecosystem of people, products, practices, and promises. I spoke to Jeff recently about the most effective techniques he’s seeing and how they can be employed at an organization implementing an API program.
Consumer technology moves fast. What’s shiny and new one day can quickly become a relic of the past when the next innovation or iteration comes along. Unfortunately, enterprises don’t have the luxury of simply plugging and unplugging technology into their digital ecosystem the way we as consumers unplugged our Sony Walkmans in favor of iPods and iPhones. This is especially true as we look to artificial intelligence (AI). AI has the potential to produce game-changing business outcomes based on data stored in legacy systems—if enterprises can figure out how to make it work.
Mike Amundsen recently joined MuleSoft as API Strategy Advisor. Mike is a well-known API expert in the global software engineering community and has authored and co-authored numerous books including “RESTful Web APIs,” “Microservice Architecture,” and “Continuous API Management,” all from O’Reilly. His latest book, “Design and Build Great APIs,” will be available through Pragmatic Bookshelf later this year.
In the intro to this blog series, I promised to reconcile the apparent incongruence of strategic business objectives (move fast) with traditional IT must have paradigms (be safe). In the last post, we chugged away at the surrounding ecosystem that’s needed to support the velocity promised by the former. In this post, I pause at the pre-production station to discuss some of those system safety properties that we can’t leave behind.
During my time at MuleSoft, I’ve had a lot of conversations with people from other companies about their specific challenges and one recurring theme is almost always present: the conversation starts out talking about point-to-point integrations. It’s pretty natural when presented with two systems to want to draw a connection. The data here is needed there and, after that, we’re done because a problem was solved.
The world’s largest vendor-neutral API conference and expo, API World, is kicking off this week. And we are excited to announce that we will be on the ground from September 26-27 to talk about API program strategies, demo a solution using GraphQL APIs, show a fun demo that involves Twitter and a Commodore 64, and more!
Drop by booth 210 (left of the main entrance, near the lounge area),
Companies who identify and expose core capabilities as well-defined, well-managed APIs are essentially making their business “programmable.” For these businesses, APIs act an innovation layer that allows them to quickly capitalize on new market opportunities, engage with their customers in more personalized ways and collaborate more effectively with partners. In essence, APIs are the new fabric enabling agility and fueling competitiveness.
While APIs are enabling strategic initiatives across the business,
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