Kevin Toms, Philips’ developer program architect for the Hue programmable light LED, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 to discuss this cutting-edge product introduced the electronics giant to the world of APIs.
“There was nothing in place,” he said. “A lot of people at Philips had been looking at opening up APIs on various products, but the Hue system broke new ground.
“We had to invent new ways of doing things,” he added.
Mike Debnar, senior director of digital guest experience at 7-Eleven, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 to discuss how APIs are creating new value and experiences for customers of the world's largest convenience store chain operator. Debnar runs a team that is responsible for digital innovation at 7-Eleven. The group developed a new customer relationship management system and used APIs to “liberate data from the enterprise” to make it available for the company’s mobile app.
Nick Katsivelos, vice president and managing director of technology and strategy at New York digital marketing agency R/GA, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 to discuss how his firm helps clients add a digital layer to their businesses. One of the beauties of APIs is the fact that they make it “easier to bring in a more diverse range of partners who don’t need to have a deep understanding of core back-end systems to come up with a great experience.”
Sal Visca, chief technology officer at ecommerce software provider Elastic Path, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 for a conversation about how APIs have enabled his company to manage the customer experience and “push innovation to the edge. Visca also addressed the importance of data analysis when it comes to APIs, and how information gathering has moved beyond looking in the rearview mirror and toward providing predictive capabilities.
Richard Lynch, president of FB Associates, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 for a conversation about his work in enabling communication through voice technology, about the advances over several years to prepare the network for applications, and about why he loves APIs. Lynch underscores a theme of customer-driven innovation, where the focus should be on the applications that are built to run on networks, and where the leading networks are those that respond to customers' expectations.
Dan Raju, CEO and co-founder of financial services company Tradier, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 to discuss the digital revolution in the retail financial sector, noting a substantial shift in the way trading and trading platforms are being delivered to the end investor.
"A new wave of innovation, and a new wave of apps, platforms, systems, and software, has hit the retail financial sector," Raju said. "This is creating a lot of energy in how people are perceiving trading tools and platforms."
Mike Redding, senior managing director, Accenture Technology Labs, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 to discuss the drivers for businesses to embark on a digital transformation, the shift toward platforms, and his observations about trends and success stories across industries.
"We're starting to see more traditional companies realize that if they want be relevant and trigger their own growth, they've got to think more like a platform and less like a monolith."
Abhi Ingle, Vice President, Ecosystem & Innovation at AT&T, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 to talk about how the digital, connected world is affecting the telco business, and how AT&T is is embracing innovation through APIs in a rapid-growth, hyper-connected marketplace. The mandate is to take a purpose-built network, and a purpose-built infrastructure and orientation (where all the finished parts came from the network provider) and break it up into horizontal layers that can be sliced off and offered up to developers and partners.
Nick Pudar, director of the developer ecosystem for General Motors, sat down with us at I ♥ APIs 2013 for a conversation about how the digital, connected world is affecting the automobile business. He also discussed GM's journey through almost two decades of connectivity and the company's work to provide the developer ecosystem—the app framework, the tools, and APIs—to create new innovative solutions for vehicles.