What is an API ecosystem strategy and why do you need one?

The Edison light globe was a revolution in technology, and was the ‘killer-app’ for starting wide-spread use of electricity at the turn of the 20th Century. Today, while we have the bayonet type of socket adapter or ‘interface,’ we still have the original screw type interface that Edison invented. What may be a lesser known and scary fact is that the original deployment of electricity itself didn’t rely on the ubiquitous electric power point that we all know today,

Preparing for today and tomorrow: The importance of a company-wide integration strategy

As the COVID-19 pandemic changes consumer behaviour and puts increasing pressure on traditional business models digital transformation has never been more important. But to reap the benefits, organisations must seamlessly integrate applications, data, and devices. This requires an organisation-wide API integration strategy.

In the financial services sector, digital transformation provides vast opportunity for innovative companies to use an API-led strategy to build consumer and merchant networks that will drive economic development across ASEAN.

How to future-proof digital transformation with an API strategy

This article was originally called How to future-proof IT for digital transformation and published on Gigabit.

Few trends have been at the fore more than digital transformation in recent years. Could 2020 be the year where reality finally catches up with the hype?

Recent research has revealed that nearly every organization is currently planning digital transformation initiatives, but there are still a number of challenges to overcome before most of them reach maturity.

How a single pilot API provided a platform for business continuity

I’ve recently been in touch with a friend who is a lead architect at a large-scale distribution company to understand how COVID-19 has impacted their business and what they are doing to ensure business continuity. Suddenly the global coronavirus pandemic has upended how companies operate and respond to changing consumer behavior and shocks to the supply chain. Companies need to adapt by enhancing their digital capabilities and transforming IT operations to be more responsive,

How to survive disruption: an IT leader’s guide to business continuity

High availability (i.e., system redundancy) and disaster recovery (i.e., backup and restore) are common topics for IT leaders and practitioners. On the other hand, topics about business continuity might not have been a high priority a few months ago. Now, in a time of a major disruption, it’s all anyone can talk about.

3 API business-focus areas for 2020: APIs Unplugged

Following the technological trends discussed in Episode 1, Mike Amundsen (MuleSoft API Strategy Advisor) and Matt McLarty (MuleSoft Global API Strategy Leader) discuss API-related business and organizational trends they see for 2020 in Episode 2 of the APIs Unplugged podcast. These trends range from product design and product management thinking being applied to API development, to an increase in market maturity for external APIs, to a greater level of decentralization in organizations building and supporting API products.

How to improve API governance with distributed decision making

In 2017, Ronnie Mitra presented a talk at Nordic APIs entitled “Programming the People Platform: Beyond Conway’s Law.” In that talk, Mitra outlined a model for distributed decision making and how it can be used to improve API governance. The material from that talk made it into the book “Continuous API Management.” Here, Mitra explained in greater detail how to apply this model to match, and eventually evolve,

3 ways to justify strategic integration investments to business leaders

Convincing business leaders of the strategic value of integration is one of the most difficult challenges IT leaders face. Integration technologies, in nature, are “invisible” and often don’t come with a demo you can showcase to leadership. This makes it difficult for organizations to justify strategic investments in integration. 

In contrast, 80% of organizations currently use APIs to digitally transform as they can unlock data and connect systems. This shows that business leaders see the value of API initiatives. 

Why integration isn’t just a problem for IT

Digital transformation is a major initiative already underway or kicking off this year for 92% of organizations. This transformation is critical to the company’s bottom line, as 72% of IT leaders predict their organization will lose revenue if they don’t digitally transform in the next 12 months.

To successfully digitally transform, integration is necessary. Functional teams drive innovative ideas, and hand-off their technical needs to IT. This leads to a backlog of integration tasks — as 94% of IT leaders reporting that the need for integration spans across the entire organization. 

Why the supply chain needs API-led connectivity: data complexity

Managing complexity is at the heart of supply chain strategy. Whether it’s in logistics, planning, procurement, or warehousing, supply chains provide firms with a competitive advantage by adding intricate, automated, or resource-heavy capabilities that can’t be easily replicated.