Adapting to the New Digital World CIOs know digital transformation is important — but it's also a vague mandate that doesn't always lead to specific action steps. Luckily, ecosystem strategies are emerging as a more specific, robust and actionable take on the digital transformation narrative. rn
Adapting to the New Digital World Some business successes rely on trade secrets. Others, like Walgreens' vision to unite digital and physical experiences, rely on something simpler: the flexibility of APIs mixed with old-fashioned execution and passion.
Adapting to the New Digital World Apps are getting smarter at a ferocious pace; so why don't CEOs want to take advantage of these new technologies? I discuss API ecosystems and innovation with Sanjay Parthasarathy, CEO of Indix, a startup making structured product information accessible as a data-as-a-service API.
Adapting to the New Digital World Given that pragmatic programmers have prized code reuse and “designing for services” for decades (tips enshrined in the 1999 book of the same name), it should come as no surprise that developers have taken to a world of abundant, cloud-based, mash-up ready APIs like kids in a candy store. It’s high time IT professionals do the same and adopt the mindset (and passion) of an aspiring “API ninja.”
Adapting to the New Digital World An embrace of cloud a decade ago may have been considered “skating to where the puck was going to be.” Today, anything but going “all in” is like skating toward where your grandfather’s memoirs say the puck might once have been.
Adapting to the New Digital World As executives, strategists and implementers within an enterprise, we may be tempted to imagine ourselves as the ones conditioning consumers to instinctively turn to products and services during their mobile moments. But we may be the ones who need to learn new reflexes and build new muscle memories for how we invest in technology.
Adapting to the New Digital World If Kim Kardashian can win a top spot in the App Store, Global 2000 CIOs ought to be held to high bar for delivering compelling digital experiences at scale. Here's a by-the-numbers look at competitive digital strategies.