ZDnet observation about Chief API Officer

Joe McKendrick of ZDnet wrote a blog commenting on my article Chief API officer. You can read it here.

He makes a couple of valid observations which deserves some clarification.

“CMOs may also help reinvent the business as a cloud provider in its own right — even if the business is something other than technology.” – I agree. This is due to the fact that IT is already crunched for capital and struggling to come up with money to spend on new platforms.  CMO not only has more money but can just shift the spending habits from spending on other marketing and revenue generating channels to this newer channel which has more potential.

“And CEOs and CFOs may like this new direction, since the CMO’s job is all about creating new business.” – I agree. I have seen this time and again. There are customers, Aetna is a prime example, who run (or endorse) the API programs out of the CEO office. Watch out for my follow up article where I discuss this in more detail.

“Is this a good thing? Enterprise technology has become incredibly complex, and it takes very technically proficient individuals to understand and guide the business to invest wisely and avoid costly security errors. Plus, many of the consumerish services being adopted by marketing departments are relatively simple compared to the programming and administration that goes into enterprise IT systems.” – This is debatable. First of all, we are not trying to create a new trend, just trying to embrace the trend. That is IT spending being supported by other organizations that are cash rich as opposed to cash strapped IT operations. Plus, when you invest just purely on the opex model, as opposed to capex model, their expenses are relatively cheaper (on a yearly/ usage model basis, not on a TCO basis which is another big debate). Ultimately, what I am suggesting is that while embracing this trend, provide the other organizations with a more mature, robust, and secure solution that will have an oversight and governance of a mature corporate IT unit even though it is owned, operated, measured and managed by people outside corporate IT.

 

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The Façade Proxy

KuppingerCole analyst Craig Burton (of Burton Group originally) wrote a recent article about Façade proxies. You can read the article here: http://blogs.kuppingercole.com/burton/2013/03/18/the-faade-proxy/

As Craig notes,

“A Façade is an object that provides simple access to complex – or external – functionality. It might be used to group together several methods into a single one, to abstract a very complex method into several simple calls or, more generically, to decouple two pieces of code where there’s a strong dependency of one over the other. By writing a Façade with the single responsibility of interacting with the external Web service, you can defend your code from external changes. Now, whenever the API changes, all you have to do is update your Façade. Your internal application code will remain untouched.”

I call this “Touchless Proxy”. We have been doing the touchless gateway for over a decade, and now using the same underlying concept, we provide touchless API gateway or a façade proxy.

While Intel is highlighted as a strong solution in this analyst note by KuppingerCole, Craig raises the following point:

“When data leaves any school, healthcare provider, financial services or government office, the presence of sensitive data is always a concern.”

This is especially timely as the healthcare providers, financial institutions, and educational institutions rush to expose their data using APIs to their partners.

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PCI / Cloud Data Privacy webinar – Wednesday Mar/20 @ 12:25 pm

Replay link here for those who missed it. PCI/ PII webinar replay link.

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I am speaking at the SC World eConference this Wednesday (12:25 PM – 01:05 PM) with our customer WestJet on PCI Compliance/ Cloud Data Privacy issues. You can register at the link below. It is free. Plus you earn CPE credits! Attend the session to hear the WestJet use case on how they used Intel solution to get PCI compliant quickly without a long drawn IT engagement.

You can register here: http://tiny.cc/5p15tw

Chief API Officer

Hackathons help you explain APIs to developers. But, do you know who you should be really selling the value of your APIs to? It goes way beyond the developers and IT operational folks. Who do you think it is ……CIO, CTO, CSO or someone else? You will be surprised. Read my article on ProgrammableWeb for more details.
http://blog.programmableweb.com/2013/03/11/is-the-cmo-now-the-chief-api-officer/

Dude where is my API

Watch out for my API strategy article series soon to be published.

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