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.

An API strategy year in review

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.

How APIs can help CURE the Innovator’s Dilemma

December 19 2019

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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.

The blockers and catalysts of digital transformation – part 2

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.

How API standards underpin an effective API strategy

November 21 2019

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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.

That’s why I was really excited when we announced our API Strategy Workshops. They provide practical support to implement our API Strategy Blueprint.

Facebook, privacy, and the delicate data dance

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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. 

Enable AI without compromising on cybersecurity

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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.