Digital Transformation: Threat or Opportunity?

Posted by Vinay Babu Yella on 15 Jan, 2019

Digital Transformation is for a company the difference between winning and losing. Companies that were once great are now extinct. For example: Toys "R" Us was once a successful toys store chain, but now out of business after Amazon shook up the retail market with online e-commerce offering customers with greater selection, lower price, and better customer experience. In some cases, much younger companies (for example: Uber, Airbnb, Stripe) are emerging as major disruptors in their industry, using their digital platforms that prove to be a threat to their competitors. Over the past twenty years, it has been proven that the industry disruptors where the first to embrace Digital Transformation, and those other companies that followed were successful by surviving the competition.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Strategy, Digital Strategy, API Strategy, API Management, Microservices, ESB, Data Analytics, Stream Processor, Identity and Access Management, IoT, WSO2 API, WSO2 ESB, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, WSO2 EI, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 IOT, WSO2 Stream Processor, Cloud

What is an API-first Strategy?

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 27 Nov, 2018

You might have heard the term 'API-first strategy'. Any idea what it is? It actually depends on who you talk to, as there are as many definitions as there are vendors using that term. Like often is the case in IT. In this blog, I will give you my opinion what an API- first strategy is and how to realize it.

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Topics: Strategy, Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation, API Strategy, API Management, APIs, WSO2 API

Let’s stop saying: ‘The end of… whatever technology’

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 18 Sep, 2018

I have a favor to ask you: Can we please stop saying the end of …..and then whatever technology you hope will stop using? If we have learned one thing over the 30 or 40 years that we have been doing IT, is that technology and software have a remarkable longevity. Look the COBOL language. COBOL stands for Common Business Oriented Language and first appeared in 1959. Almost 60 years ago we saw the first COBOL programs appear in the market. At one point COBOL was the language for business use but its popularity waned. But the simple fact that something is not popular doesn’t mean that it’s not still around! The Dutch tax authority has a summer school for students teaching them among others: you guessed it, COBOL. On their website one of their employees expects COBOL to be around for another two decades or so. But it’s not just Cobol. It is also all of the other languages that we welcomed into our IT landscapes and IT departments. Many of the payment processing systems in banks are written in COBOL. So, let’s stop declaring technology as being dead since in IT we mostly add technology to our IT landscape than deprecate it.

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Topics: Strategy, Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation, ESB, WSO2 ESB, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus

Keep Reinventing Yourself

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 24 Jul, 2018

Running a business means constantly reinventing yourself. A good example of that is Booking.com. What I like about Booking.com is that they disrupt themselves every now and then and actively make connections with startups and other parties because getting to the top is one thing, staying there is another...

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Topics: Strategy, API Strategy, ESB, WSO2 ESB, WSO2 API, Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation

IT is in the Mail

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 10 Jul, 2018

You might think that mail, whether it’s packages or letters as well as last questions of the analog world. And although the last 10 feet are still done by hand in many cases (putting a letter in the mailbox or actually handing over package) in between there is more IT than you will probably imagine.

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Topics: Strategy, Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation, API Strategy, API Management