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APIs are an essential ingredient
of digitalization initiatives and organizations have to make sure that they plan and execute an API journey that will create a rich and dynamic API landscape.
The driving force behind this should be an API strategy, that clearly outlines what the goals of the API journey are, so that all activities can be measured against those goals. Many organizations have implicit API strategies, but never invested the time and effort to create an explicit one.
This presentation takes you through the most important considerations for creating your own API strategy, and is structured so that you cover everything that needs to be part of a comprehensive strategy. This strategy then can serve as a guideline for API-related activities and investments, and also allows you to define mileposts to measure direction and progress.

Lessons learned:

  • Why having an explicit API strategy is a good idea.
  • The six areas that should addressed in every API strategy.
  • How to use an API strategy to measure direction and progress.

 About Erik

Erik has a technical background, holding a Ph.D. in computer science from ETH Zürich. He spent most of his professional career in academia, working on computer communications and structured information in general, and in the space of Web architecture and engineering specifically. He left academia 2011 and since then has helped companies like EMC, Siemens, and CA Technologies to deliver their solutions through APIs. Erik's main focus these days is on the strategic and programmatic side of things: how to get from the general goal and vision of digital transformation to a functioning and productive API landscape.

As part of the Catalyst team, Erik focuses on the following areas:

  • Planning and execution of the Accelerate program
  • Helping clients with formulating and reviewing API strategies
  • Helping clients to formulate and execute API programs
  • API design and API product management
  • Contributing to standardization activities in the API space


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