API New Year! Before jumping headlong into the new decade, I want to take a moment and revisit some of the API strategy highlights in 2019. I covered several topics on the MuleSoft blog last year, but here are some of the bigger non-blog items worth giving a second — or first — look.
Let’s face it: digital transformation isn’t about digitizing. Every company is already using digital information and software applications, and those who are converting paper records and processes to digital ones are hardly getting ahead of the curve. Digital transformation is about surviving and thriving in the digital economy. Where the 20th century industrial economy was relatively stable for successful corporations, this century’s economy is volatile. There is money to be made, but each coin has an opportunity on one side and a threat on the other.
In part 1, I presented how we digitalized and transformed the traditional assisted transport service of an NGO. The transformative change from digitalization to digital transformation is challenging because it requires change. The following image shows the three relevant stages.
At MuleSoft, we’ve worked hard to develop programs and guidelines to help our customers and the market see APIs as more than just project outcomes. APIs are digital products, worthy of respect throughout their whole lifetime, and critical enablers of ongoing digital transformation.
As a consequence of the recent FTC investigation, Facebook cut off friend data access for Microsoft and Sony and announced an overhaul of its API. Facebook’s privacy changes will impact dozens of partners that have been using the Facebook API to build experiences on third-party apps and devices. Here are three essential considerations for API providers, consumers, and end-users to avoid a scandal like Facebook’s and protect the privacy of user data.
Many businesses today are trying to augment and improve their customer, partner, and employee experiences by leveraging artificial intelligence and bots, yet grapple with the issue of cybersecurity. We’ve all heard of the numerous accounts of cybercriminals taking advantage of chat APIs, social network application vulnerabilities, and increasingly sophisticated phishing campaigns. However, the majority of cybersecurity hacks are still accomplished in a rather old-fashioned manner — through the use of stolen credentials.
One of the most important parts of an organization’s API ecosystem is the community of developers who build applications that consume its APIs. The success of an API strategy often depends on understanding the target audience of developers for your APIs, identifying their different sub-groups, and then consciously growing the community.
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.
As the API economy matures, not only are more and more companies publishing their digital services through APIs; an increasing number of organizations are working together to deliver API-based products that are mutually beneficial for themselves, and valuable for their collective customers.
Meet Matt McLarty, who recently joined us as Global Leader for API Strategy. In this role, Matt helps MuleSoft’s customers take maximum advantage of their API opportunities through strategic guidance, sharing organizational practices, and the development of API ecosystems. He’s based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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