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Every day, I’m reading more and more stories about how APIs are being used to disrupt industries and change the way business is done around the globe. This certainly matches my experience of dealing directly with companies on a daily basis. But, as the API becomes ubiquitous, many of these companies are actually finding it ever harder to determine how they can start reaping the benefits of APIs.
That's why the API Academy launched its “API360” concept in 2014. As a meme, API360 signifies a holistic approach to API strategy, architecture, design and implementation. To realize this approach, we hosted an API360 Summit series with events in Washington DC, London and Dallas. These events covered the spectrum of API program activity through the voices of industry and technology leaders.
For those of you who missed out on the excitement of these events, we recently posted the following videos of presentations our own API Academy team members made at the Dallas Summit:
- API360: An Introduction (Matt McLarty) A look back at the emergence of the World Wide Web and how Web APIs are following a similar course
- Do Developers Dream of Electric Sheep? (Ronnie Mitra) A discussion on the importance of the developer's perspective and DX in the context of designing Web APIs
- APIs & IoT (Holger Reinhardt) An overview of the API landscape within the Internet of Things
- APIs are Your Best Products (Irakli Nadareishvili) A definition of how product management can and should be used in API programs
- It's Not Open Data Unless It's Usable Data (Mike Amundsen) An analysis of the different spheres of data and why usability is crucial to API success
In addition to the API360 Summit series, we introduced the API360 model in early 2015. This model provides a framework for companies to evaluate their API opportunities, understand the best approaches towards getting started with APIs and adopt principles that will empower them to future-proof their API solutions.
Matt McLarty is an experienced software architect who leads the API Academy at CA Technologies. He helps organizations with their strategy and architecture for APIs, microservices and enterprise integration. Matt recently co-authored the book Microservice Architecture for O’Reilly, with his API Academy colleagues.
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