Wayne Gretzky has this great quote -
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
A few days ago I had a great conversation with a big retailer (and with many other customers since then) about engaging customers on the edge of the enterprise and think it's worth sharing.
Today our systems of record in enterprises are ERP and billing systems. That will continue to be the case but the problem is that all these...
Thanks to all who participated in yesterday's webinar - " Optimizing APIs for Many Devices" with Sam @sramji, Brian @brianpagano, and Greg @gbrail. Included are the video and slides. We'd love to hear more of your thoughts and questions; please join the conversation on the api-craft forum.
Companies need to wring value out of their investments; find new ways to serve customers or create new value with their current systems, products, supply chains and partnerships.
I keep going back to water analogies. My house has a plumbing infrastructure that was paid for a long time ago. I recently found new value in that infrastructure, an automatic sprinkler system. Again the system reminds me of an API. Through this one common interface I can connect many endpoints (sprinkler heads) and my yard has never looked better. I have some endpoints that cover the lawn, some that concentrate on...
In our last couple API strategy workshops, we've had good discussions on a common question for API providers - do you need to offer an SDK (software dev kit) for your API?
In this context we defined an SDK as going beyond offering an API to include platform-specific code that developers use in their apps to invoke API operations, also including the source code, and documentation that developers might need. Here's what we came up with:
Reasons to consider an SDK:
Speed adoption on a specific platform - for example Objective C SDK for iPhone. Lots of...
Maybe it was because I was reading it on my new iPad, but really enjoyed this post by John Doerr and partners on TechCrunch last week.
Was struck by the phraseology 'beyond the browser' and that we're quickly moving " beyond web sites limited by browsers… to interactive, connected applications with incredible simplicity, speed, and fluidity.... that will transform everything."
Couldn't agree more, especially when we consider the next 5-10 billion devices sold (via Mary Meeker's amazing Web 2.0 deck below, slide 32) will not be PCs with browsers but connected devices - from the iPad to your...
My favorite Superbowl ad was for Vizio HDTV - it was great to see about a dozen leading Web APIs showcased right up there with Beyonce.
Yesterday Michael Zimablist posted on the New York Times Bits blog about how the NYT’s content must now support a growing range of devices like the Vizio, from web-connected printers to mobile apps to the new iPad.
And the Wall Street Journal's Martin Peers asks if the iPad’s e-book store is the new model for the television industry, citing how Netflix is streaming to over...