A conference about the strategy for APIs? APIs need a strategy too? Those are the intriguing thoughts on my mind as I walked into the 2016 API Strategy and Practice conference — APIStrat at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston. Gartner Fellow, Peter Sondergaard characterizes APIs as the synapses of IoT — a point reinforced by Gartner Analyst Mark O’Neil during his keynote at the conference. There was a general ambiance of openness, inclusion and collaboration which can only be realized if the organizers, coordinators and attendees collectively share that mindset – a mindset that can only stimulate innovation that is relevant. Even though I came in with an intent to exchange ideas on the technology of APIs, I came out with other supplementary but powerful thoughts that I share below. APIs may be the synapses of IoT but conferences like APIStrat are those critical junction points experience based insight is shared through beautiful real-life stories by knowledgeable practitioners.
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About four months ago, Red Hat announced that it was acquiring 3scale. (Almost two years ago, Red Hat and 3scale announced a joint solution relationship for 3scale’s API Management Platform and Red Hat’s Middleware portfolio.) As the acquisition settles in, 3scale is already starting to integrate with middleware products, which will strengthen developers’ abilities to design and implement API initiatives and services.
This first point of integration is between the 3scale Management Platform and Red Hat Single Sign-On: more specifically, for the developer portal authentication.
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I had the pleasure of meeting my colleague, Steve Willmott, at the Red Hat booth at the Gartner ITXPO Symposium where we had a chance to have some insightful discussion about API Management — how it has evolved, where it is headed and its usage patterns etc. API Management is one of the techniques I called out during my session on the Relevance of Innovation at the Gartner symposium where I had made the point about the need to modernize integration techniques themselves over and above the modernization of infrastructure and applications. Just like I had made the point about “Integration is dead! Long live integration”.
“So, are you coming to APIStrat?” asked Wilmott.
Pictured: Steve Wilmott and E.G. Nadhan
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Shakeup your integration strategy to enable digital transformation, says VP & Gartner Fellow Massimo Pezzini. Pezzini asserts that it is not just about transforming and modernizing the infrastructure and the applications concerned. Some of the fundamental concepts of integration need to be revisited and transformed as well. Such systemic transformation punctuate the migration of legacy environments to microservices and the cloud. What may have worked in the past will no longer be applicable going forward. “Integration is dead. Long live integration,” screamed the title of one of the sessions at the Red Hat Summit 2016. The session was making a point. Integration, as we knew it a few years back, is dead. Integration in the digital world has a long life in the decades ahead. Join me as I walk through the new styles of integration that are the hallmark of digital transformation.
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