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Bimodal for Applications Hinges on APIs

Published: 12 February 2016

ID: G00292792

Analyst(s): Mary Mesaglio , Paolo Malinverno , Simon Mingay


CIOs, CDOs and IT leaders understand that deep changes are needed to deliver digital business applications. Adopting the approach outlined in this research will strengthen a bimodal organization with an API program.

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  • Key Challenges



  • 1. Prepare the Ground: Set Project Filters, Catalog Existing APIs, Clarify How They Will Be Used
    • API Work — Mainly Mode 2
    • Likely Friction Points
  • 2. Get Going: Apply Filters, Run Hackathons, Pin Down the Value Enabled by the APIs
    • API Work — Focus on Creating Business-Focused APIs That Serve Consumers Best
    • Likely Friction Points — Similar to Phase 1, but Deeper
  • 3. Work on Live Data: Give Tightly Managed APIs to Developers, Take Their Good Ideas, Multiply the Value
    • API Work
    • Likely Friction Points — CIO/CDO Involvement Becoming Essential
  • 4. Optimize: Filter the Ideas, Discard Those That Did Not Work, Get on the API Economy
    • API Work — Identifying What Really Works and Should Be Kept
    • Likely Friction Points — CIO/CDO Involvement Essential
  • 5. Make Mode 2 an Enterprise Capability: Consolidate Ways of Syncing Modes 1 and 2, Renovate the Core Legacy, Keep Few APIs
    • API Work — Systematic API Production
    • Likely Friction Points

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