I meet with a lot of customer digital executives on a regular basis to strategize and advise.  Often times, the conversation turns into “How do I keep my ever demanding millennial digital developers happy?” While often they jokingly suggest ransoms, or demands, from the “needy” digital developers, their concern is deeper than that.

Orange Shoe Lace 2In this digital world, the younger, ever innovating digital developers are on their side solving the problem of building solutions that can meet the needs of the always connected, ever demanding digital consumers. Those developers, who often wear flashy clothes, shoes, and even colorful shoelaces (often orange colored for some reason), solve major issues that enterprises are struggling for years to solve. The “Orange Shoelace” concept was born when we often discussed how to help these brilliant minds, who are helping us win this digital crusade, by constantly innovating.

I recently sat down for a conversation with Aarti Borkar, director for hybrid cloud and integration teams, with IBM Cloud. This is the follow-up to our original conversation part #1: API Economy conversation which is available on youtube here – http://ibm.biz/BdH5iW.

She and I had a great conversation discussing the following items:

  1. Younger, digital developers are data needy and constantly demand data – How can an organization cope with that?
  • How to build APIs and mobile apps at the speed of thought.
  • Orange shoe lace behavior in meetings – when they ask for data and/or APIs what do they really need?
  1. APIs & Enterprise data quality
  • How to fix data quality issues, before building enterprise grade APIs
  • Produce results that can bring the right data, to the right people and at the right time.
  • How does data classification, data obfuscation, data integration issues affect the quality of date provided to the consumers.
  • Quality cannot be an afterthought in a digital economy. How can you maintain data quality in real time context?
  1. Today’s and tomorrow’s apps are expected to seamlessly talk to yesterday’s systems.
  • Newer apps don’t get built in isolation. They interact with most things that already exist.
  • Building ability to understand more than one kind of data.
  • Digital transformation leads to business transformation.
  1. What is iPaaS and why you should care?
  • How do you use API as the last mile of integration?
  1. IBM API maturity model
  • Do you know where your API program stands from a maturity perspective?
  • Do you know how you measure against your competitors?

If you want to compare your API initiative against your peers visit IBM API maturity model assessment link – API Economy Self-Assessment test.

Continue this conversation with @AndyThurai to learn more about how IBM can help with your company’s digital transformation.

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