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The API economy goals should include more collaboration
This article is part of the Network Evolution issue of August 2017, Vol. 8, No. 6
In Kevin Costner's film Field of Dreams, the "if you build it, he will come" mission was straightforward. Build a perfect baseball field in the midst of corn rows and watch the fertile plains of Iowa come to life with baseball greats and family connections. In the API economy today, building "it" can bring an enterprise to life, but getting there is not so straightforward. The API economy we're now living in, as Gartner analysts say in this month's Network Evolution cover story, merges the virtual and the physical through digital tools that connect people, places and things. But to be effective, APIs need to go beyond technology and become part of an organization's digital strategy and target developers who need them. In the film, the character played by Costner was trying to get the attention of an incredible lineup of historical baseball figures, but he also fulfilled a personal desire by building the field. Organizations in the API economy function in a similar way. How are vendors, developers and end users collaborating to ...
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IT pros addressing business needs in the API economy must be sure they're collaborating with the right teams and building technology that attracts developers.