API Strategy & Practice Conference
Help Build the APIStrat Program You Want to See
Preliminary Date(s): October 19th – 21th, 2016
The Call For Papers for APIStrat Boston is now open. Submit your talk proposals before midnight on May 20th, 2016 and we’ll try to take them into account. The earlier you submit the better. We can’t guarantee a slot on the program – but we’ll do our best to get the best mix possible! The conference, which is has the preliminary dates of October 19-21 (more details coming soon) addresses:
- API Technology: Deep technology which advances the state of the art of APIs. Areas can include but are not limited to: design, security, frameworks, formats, architectures, protocols and theories which enable APIs.
- API Best Practice: Sector or company specific API best practice. These talks can cover a specific API program and what was learned by running it. The bes…
API business models have been a hotly debated topic in the API community. For sustainable API program success, it’s paramount to get the value proposition right, and the API provider needs to have a clear understanding about how to capitalize on this value. At the API Strategy and Practice conference (APIStrat) in Austin, we had a whole session devoted to this topic.
John Musser from API Science (and former founder of ProgrammableWeb) was chairing that session. John was, in fact, one of the people who initially triggered the discussions around APIs and business models at APIStrat in 2013. He did an excellent job shaping the agenda of the session, starting with two talks about the principles of business models and APIs and suggested thinking processes. The following two talks were reports from each speaker’s experience, discussing what can go wrong and essential lessons learned.
I kicked things off doing the first talk about the API Model Canvas, a tool to help API leaders get their strategy right for their API…
The Buzzing Beehive of the API Economy
Summarizing my day at APIStrat Austin in one word, I would have to say “beehive.” Now, I’m not taking credit for this – for those who don’t know, the Latin word for bee, is “APIS.” Thank you to Paul Murphy, CEO at Clarify for sharing that fun little trivia fact. Outside of the clever play on words, a beehive does seem fitting to describe the API Economy and the wealth of knowledge shared by our guest speakers: complexity, ingenuity, and a consistent buzz! Oh, and was that buzz loud today in Austin! There were, again, too many sessions and too little of myself to see everyone speak, but I managed to sit in on one captivating session that primarily focused on the business implications of APIs.
Manfred Bortenschlager, API Market Development Director at 3scale, presented the API Model Canvas, a variation of the Business Model Canvas. The same principles are used, but the content is specifically tar…
All this before lunch…
Greetings from APIStrat Austin. Here’s a review of what happened here today – all before lunch. It was a ton of super content. So much good stuff in fact, attendees are having a hard time choosing which sessions to attend. Never fear… videos are forthcoming.
Irakli Nadareishvili started the talks off, captivating a packed room with his talk Microservices Architecture: The Blindspots. Declaring containerization “the gateway drug to microservices adoption”, Irakli went on to say that microservices will not be a choice. Distributed systems are by their nature complex and and their value is in that essential complexity. So moving that complexity from code maintenance to operations is the direction to take. Bonus, he shared his open source microservices deployment project here.
Next up, Teresa Tung of Accenture L…
Because everything that matters has an API
This week Austin plays charming host to API Strategy & Practice conference attendees, speakers and sponsors. Between sampling unbelievable BBQ and enjoying live music spilling out onto Pecan Street – we are having the most exciting conference to date. One of the most notable things at this edition is the number of women joining the discussion both as attendees and speakers – an encouraging sight to behold.
Morning keynotes and sessions got off to a powerful start with Neha Sampat of Built.io, Rion Dooley of Texas Advanced Computing Center and Lori MacVittie of F5 Networks all killing it with powerful talks about the power and value APIs now. Not what APIs will do when they become the standard, but how APIs are already changing the standards. More of our everyday world is API-powered, businesses are more flexible and profitable, and researchers more able to focus on their passions instead of being buried under data systems. The opportunities abound, as do the c…
Sitting down in this speaker series, it was all too apparent how much my own life has been impacted by the Internet of Things. With a Macbook Pro on my lap, Samsung Galaxy Edge in my pocket, and LG smart watch on my wrist, I could not be more connected as my devices sync up with the world around me. Sure, I am a great use case for why this topic is so important, but these four speakers provided a little more insight into the past, present, and future of IoT.
Kicking off the presentation, Mandy Whaley, Developer Experience Lead at Cisco, shared her thoughts on IoT. Software licensing has become less profitable, and companies need to own some element of hardware development to create a larger “stickiness” factor. Hardware and software developers have become comfortable in a world where their roles have had very little interaction. Mandy and her team at Cisco have stepped up to ensure this is not the case, creating a “two way street of education,” including Coding 101 for hardware developers and s…
Work on the APIStrat Austin program has started at a rapid pace, and we have two early keynote speakers to confirm with Neha Sampat, CEO of built.io, and enterprise thought leader Dion Hinchcliffe being announced today. They both bring awesome and different perspectives to APIs – a theme you will see across the board in the program!
“Neha will share her perspective on the intersection of web, mobile and the Internet of Things, where her company, backend-as-a-service provider built.io is helping businesses of all sizes to create a new generation of real-time, contextual products and services. And Dion will share some of his latest research on the rise of the citizen developer and the new approach API providers are taking to put data and functionality into the hands of end users who are not traditionally part of the developer community.”
– Mark Boyd, Program Chair
We’d also like to hear your pres…
We’re teaming up with APIDays for a joint conference in Berlin! Mark your calendars for APIDays Berlin & APIStrat Europe 2015: April 23rd-25th. The event will be held at the Humboldt Carré Conference and Event Center on Gendarmenmarkt, immediately following the AppsWorld Mobile Application Expo (22-23rd of April).
As a longtime sponsor and a big fan of APIDays, we’re excited to be joining forces for this event. APIDays Berlin & APIStrat Europe 2015 will bring together leading API practitioners and developers from around the world, sharing best practice across industry verticals — from e-commerce, media and music to consumer goods and finance. There will also be workshops and a
This morning started off with fantastic talks by John Ellis (Global Technologist and Head of Development at Ford) and Tim McCauley (Senior Director of Consumer Mobile) of Walgreens. Fascinating and useful perspective on development with APIs for product and consumer services. These two speakers had great insights on how far things have come and where they need to go next.
Kyle Wild of Keen IO and Alex Williams had a fairly philosophical and 3scal…
Workshops Kicked Off Today With Standing Room Only & Sold Out Status
This is the fourth edition of the API Strategy & Practice Conference, also known as APIStrat. It is my second. Overall, I’ve attended more conferences and events than I can count, and I can honestly say this event is kind of amazing.
APIs drive pretty much everything – web, mobile, business – whether the majority of people know it or not. So conferences like this – of which there are a growing number these days – are really exciting. The API wave hasn’t yet crested – but it’s already got momentum and being a part of the discussion as APIs go mainstream is incredibly interesting. And the community of API experts, strategists and vendors who participate are devoted to the potential of APIs to transform tech and business and life. It’s not a product fest with vendor pitches at the fore – it’s all…