Does size matter? (for your business to participate in the API Economy)

“How big does a business need to be before offering assets via business APIs using IBM API Connect?” I’ll answer a question with a set of questions, all starting with “How big does a business need to be before it …” • Needs a web site? • Needs a mobile App? • Wants to provide great service to its customers? • Needs to partner with other companies (e.g. for supply chain)? • Wants to take advantage of social media? • Wants to reach/obtain new customers? • Wants to bring new offerings to market faster and less costly than they have in the past? • Needs a digital strategy?   Continue reading Does size matter? (for your business to participate in the API Economy)

Happy API Year!

It’s that time of year when we look back at the year that has passed and ahead to what will come. As I think back over 2016 it was one of my most exciting years in my 35 year career at IBM. The interest around the world in all continents (okay, I did not go to Antarctica) and in all industries was incredible. I met hundreds of people in roles from C-level executives to developers who all wanted to discuss what is going on in the API Economy. What were the most common questions I was asked? …  Continue reading Happy API Year!

Identifying API Use Cases in Property and Casualty Insurance – White paper available

The next paper in the industry use case series is now available and focuses on the Property and Casualty Insurance industry. The insurance industry is becoming very active in the API economy. Insurance is a data-intensive business, and accessing data quickly across the enterprise, using data in new ways and interfacing with partners rapidly can provide competitive differentiation. In this paper we cover use cases across a wide variety of scenarios – internal, partnering, social, analytics, and more.  Continue reading Identifying API Use Cases in Property and Casualty Insurance – White paper available

Identifying API Use Cases in Government – White paper available

The next paper in the industry use case series is now available and focuses on the Government. Government is particularly challenging to cover because of the breadth of topics included – crossing all the levels of government and then within these everything from social services, taxation, safety/law enforcement, education, and much more. We have tried to provide examples across the spectrum to give a taste of the possibilities for API use cases across a wide variety of scenarios – internal, partnering, social, analytics, and more.  Continue reading Identifying API Use Cases in Government – White paper available

Identifying API Use Cases in Automotive – White paper available

The next paper in the industry use case series is now available and focuses on the Automotive industry. One of the most common discussions I have with any business is about API use cases related to industry specific scenarios – their scenarios. We are making the information shared in these discussions more accessible to everyone by publishing a series of industry specific white papers covering these and related topics.   Continue reading Identifying API Use Cases in Automotive – White paper available

Identifying API Use Cases in Retail – White Paper Available

The next paper in the industry use case series is now available and focuses on the Retail industry. One of the most common discussions I have with any business is about API use cases related to industry specific scenarios – their scenarios. We are making the information shared in these discussions more accessible to everyone by publishing a series of industry specific white papers covering these and related topics. The Retail paper is now available for download.  Continue reading Identifying API Use Cases in Retail – White Paper Available

Identifying API Use Cases in Telecommunications – White paper available

The next paper in the industry use case series is now available and focuses on the Telecommunications industry. One of the most common discussions I have with any business is about API use cases related to industry specific scenarios – their scenarios. We are making the information shared in these discussions more accessible to everyone by publishing a series of industry specific white papers covering these and related topics.   Continue reading Identifying API Use Cases in Telecommunications – White paper available

Identifying API Use Cases in Banking – White Paper available

One of the most common discussions I have with any business is about API use cases related to industry specific scenarios – their scenarios. We are making the information shared in these discussions more accessible to everyone by publishing a series of industry specific white papers covering these and related topics.  Each white paper has…  Continue reading Identifying API Use Cases in Banking – White Paper available

Becoming a Digital Business – Is Managing APIs Enough?

Many companies are starting their journey to becoming a digital business. One of the primary drivers to go “digital” is to allow the business to move quickly into new market opportunities or react to competitive threats. Speed is key! To enable speed, businesses are looking to APIs to enable business initiatives to move quickly while maintaining the necessary reliability of the core enterprise Systems of Record (SoR). This has been referred to as “two-speed IT”, “Bi-modal IT”, and “multi-speed IT”. All of these refer to the necessary differences in speed that we need to execute quickly in the market while maintaining controls over our back end systems to ensure availability, security, etc.  Continue reading Becoming a Digital Business – Is Managing APIs Enough?

API Economy Journey Map – FAQs

In early November IBM announced an API Economy Journey Map. This is a maturity model representing how we see companies progressing through various stages of maturity in using, exposing, and consuming digital assets to enhance their business. In early sharing of the model with customers, analysts, and IBM reviewers, a few questions came up that I thought might help with the understanding of the model. Let’s take a look at these FAQs.  Continue reading API Economy Journey Map – FAQs