“Software is eating the world” is a statement in danger of becoming a cliche, and yet it remains a prescient observation of the way in which every business is becoming a software business. A more important observation is how critical developers are to this transformation for every business function. Apps have now become the way consumers discover and use services. If your app sucks, your product sucks. Similarly, APIs are the de facto way that both apps and third party companies integrate. If your APIs sucks, your product sucks.
Over a third of UK companies have placed digital improvement as their top priority, however, the majority are focusing on building mobile apps and are neglecting API and analytics programs. Developing apps alone is unlikely to be enough to fully grasp the potential of digital businesses, with effective digital transformation coming from a combination of apps, API's and analytics.
According to the Apigee Institute's 2015 UK Digital Business Survey Snapshot, companies which are investing in these core digital technologies are eight times more likely to increase revenue from digital activity, this is when compared to those who are only developing apps.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass — Organizations need all the competitive advantages they can find today, and one important opportunity is to turn traditional technology and business models into "platforms" of innovation. Also known as "network models," platforms were the subject of discussion for a panel at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium this week.
For developers who want to expose their Web applications to other computers and Internet services, API platform vendor Apigee is offering a free online tool to help create APIs using the increasingly popular Swagger API specification.