I have always loved the “for Dummies” books. They are a curious blend of conceptual level setting and insightful advice…. and best of all you can actually get all the way through one of them on a single plane ride 🙂
Recently I got to write one myself, APIs for Dummies. An IBM branded eBook, but a “for Dummies” book never the less. The hardest part of writing that book was the up-front decision of why I wanted to write such a book in the first place, what was the main message that I wanted to convey?
Here is what I ended up writing in “About this Book”:
Modern business ecosystems need to rethink their approach to innovation and integration. This book is your guide to applying the power of APIs to business challenges ranging from changing business models to embracing a world of devices and sensors. Experiencing the power of APIs involves much more than simply data monetization. Whether you’re an API provider or an API consumer, you need to make smart business and IT decisions. This book first defines the basic nature of modern APIs and then leads you through several necessary decisions, ranging from which APIs to provide or consume to how you can build an effective API technology platform.
Changing the business outcome for the better and the decisions you have to make to get there. That is what it is all about. The make or break of your API Journey. So that is what I ended up putting in the book – my opinion on what a great business outcome looks like, how APIs can help you get there and what decisions you need to make to succeed… with a sprinkling of practical advice on how to make all of that real in your particular organization.