Mobile, Social, and cloud computing are driving huge changes in how enterprises connect and engage with their customers and employees. This changes the way information technology (IT) needs to work. There’s a shift underway in enterprises and even in government agencies from a world of messaging platforms to collaboration platforms - platforms for real-time connectivity and collaboration across boundaries and firewalls that enable machine-to-machine, person-to-person, B2B, and B2C interactions and transactions. Social networking concepts and the growing apps economy are at the heart of this transformation.
The amount of data collected by companies in all sectors and markets has grown exponentially in the past decade. Businesses increasingly interact with customers through social and business networks, through apps (and APIs) and therefore businesses collecting data from new and diverse locations outside the walls of their enterprises and systems-of-record.
The following is a perspective on 5 ways in which data is changing how we do business...
Thanks to all who participated in last week's Webcast, APIs and Copyrights: Monopolizing Ideas or Affording Protection?
The video, slides and a summary of the panel members' closing statements are below. Thanks to our moderator @brianpagano and the entire team for a lively and informative discussion. We'd love to continue the discussion on the api-craft forum.
Customers ask us all the time "How do we hire great people to run our API program?" We tell them the same thing we think about when hiring at Apigee. It's about passion and it's about finding people who can work with context, not control. We lead with passion, not with skills or profiles.
One of the most important questions that enterprises ask us has changed from "Why APIs?" to "I know I need an API; where do I start?" Start where you have the most amount of pain - where the business drivers are. If your pain point is in meeting demand for mobile and social apps, then start there - with an internal API strategy.
I sat down with Brian Gracely (@bgracely) and Christian Reilly (@reillyusa) of Bechtel recently to talk about the evolving API and app economy. We had a terrific discussion about the adoption of mobile devices and how open access to data is unlocking tremendous new business value.
Startup Weekend Detroit 4 was hosted the weekend of February 17, 2012, at the M@dison Building, home of Detroit Venture Partners. We've included a 3 minute video - you can feel the positive energy that APIs & the app economy unleash. More than 100 entrepreneurs from around North America attended and created real products and startups during a single weekend.