The future of API, and technology as a whole, can be hard to predict. That said, developers and tech giants from some of the leading SaaS Enterprises at APIStrat have optimistic ideas about what is to come and how we can prepare for it.
Day 2 at APIStrat began with Irakli Nadareishvili from CA Technologies. Nadareishvili believes that nearly all enterprises are moving their monolithic apps to microservices. Companies are doing this using containers, such as docker, for the ease of mobilizing your monolithic app. His prediction is that containerization will drive MSA adoption to the extent that microservices will not be a choice, instead a necessity.
To stay ahead of the curve with this trend, he ingrained the importance of using decentralized data. Data driven design and bounded contexts are necessary for app improvement. He quoted Vaughn Vernon and stated, “bounded context should be as big as it needs to be, in order to fully express its complete ubiquitous language.” According to Nadareishvili DDD (data driven design) and bounded content need to work together because DDD alone will not be able to give you small enough microservices or solve data embedding requirements.
Teresa Tung from Accenture Technology explained her journey with APIs and the industrial journey, automating, of APIs that is happening now. Tung explained that all areas of business are affected by this journey and gave specific examples of usage in strategy/governance with predictive maintenance and warranty guarantees. In the architecture sector she spoke about real-time water waste and using APIs to detect leakage and measurement. Tung demonstrated the power of APIs and how we can go about making those ideas come to life. Companies need a strong development process, community of support and optimization to be the best they can. Tung brought even more excitement of the possibilities of our industry and how relevant and important our work is.
The third speaker this morning was Dion Hinchcliffe who optimistically spoke about the possibilities and future of APIs. Hinchcliffe spoke about patience and that an investment in technology will pay off. He went into a case of Nordstrom where the company did not see results for 5 years after a hefty investment. But “the persistent digitalization of Nordstrom's business has allowed the company to grow revenues by more than 50% in the last five years.” They did this by making it easier for the end user and getting rid of databases.
Hinchcliffe explained we cannot move forward in the tech industry without APIs. They are the “gateway” to next-generation technology and we cannot have internet of things, big data, mobile, or IoT without them. Supporting your developers well is essential for success of your APIs. Companies such as Sears, World Bank, Best Buy, Amazon, and more have developer networks that are pivotal to success and growth. In the next 36 months Hinchcliffe stated there will be 10-100x more data and apps. The secret to staying ahead of the curve is persistence and experimentation; trying 10 times to win and 100 times to own the market. Working together and knowing the importance of your developers will get you a long way in the API field.
This morning brought even more optimism and excitement for the future. We cannot wait to learn more from the leaders we met at APIStrat 2015 and how we will stay ahead in the dynamic industry of APIs.