This talk was presented at API The Docs Virtual 2020 event series on 8 April. We are glad to present the video recording, slide deck and talk summary below. Enjoy!
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How do we go beyond the basic infrastructure? How to make the API program and its devportal part of the overall strategic effort?
A developer portal is a crucial infrastructure, it is an interface to interfaces to organize and direct your digital transformation.
Technology is just a tool. You can have the best API platform, the best developer portal, you still need to develop and adjust your strategy together with them to make the most of the technology.
"A great devportal should be like a toolbox: with different compartments for different building blocks, organized in a hierarchical structure for your APIs." Matthias Buescher
Methodologies and technologies in themselves (paperless documents, CRM, Agile, AI, DevOps, OS, InnerSourcing,) can give great constraints to help you to create new behavior.
Real digital transformation is about the transformation of businesses. APIs play a key role in this.
Digital transformation is a response to two macro-economic shifts:
Complex Adaptive Systems are the best way to collaborate with a set of peers that are learning and evolving together. Beehives, ecosystems are such emergent systems.
Developer portals can be an interface to help you tune for complexity. Hypothesis:
“Through your developer community a devportal can help you tune your company for increased complex adaptive behaviour.”
What are we ultimately building? Especially in large corporations, it would be an internal ecosystem that is supporting maybe a platform. On top of that platform is an external ecosystem, maybe with a couple of apps internally, and externally too. You combine the various types of systems.
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