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A Connected Retail World Requires Digital Transformation, APIs, and Platforms

WSO2 is helping enterprise retail organizations fulfill their vision of digital transformation and connect their business to the world across both digital and brick and mortar channels. WSO2 is pioneering how the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data, API-centric architecture, and Cloud services augment digital business strategy and facilitate execution.

 

Retail industry companies are evolving their 1.0 eCommerce platforms to embrace 3rd party channels, recommendation engines, social media, and user analytics. APIs enable secure, controlled, and timely access to the aforementioned business capabilities delivered by  partners. By integrating 3rd party capabilities, rather than building and hosting the capability internally, retailers are able to tap into an extended ecosystem of best-of-breed analytics, customer preference repositories, social sentiment, and business capabilities (i.e. payment, digital marketing, shipment expeditors). Some retailers are adopting APIs to tap into a channel of mobile application developers, external suppliers, and 3rd party digital storefronts. Mobile application developers can connect the retailer with mobile app customers and extend the reach and exposure of retail goods (especially in ‘flash sale’ or ‘sale liquidation’ scenarios). Retailers tightly integrated with external suppliers can use APIs to gauge product demand across the supply chain and enhance product availability. Retailers may also use APIs to integrate with 3rd party retailers and vendors who desire to offer a white-label digital storefront on the retailers digital property. Similar to a department store allocating floor space and advertising to a specific vendor.

 

WSO2 technology is solving the biggest challenges retail companies face in scaling their transaction volumes (billions per day), lowering security risk, enhancing customer experience, and enabling new digital commerce channels.

eBay routes billions of transactions per day using WSO2′s Enterprise Service Bus. AAA Motor Club of Ohio delivers timely point of interest information to motorists via APIs secured using the WSO2 platform. StubHub deploys WSO2 API Manager to connect their ticket platform with 3rd party mobile applications and expand their new digital commerce opportunities. John Keells Holding captures Point of Sale information using mobile devices and augments their customer database using WSO2 Message Broker. A retailer uses WSO2 Business Activity Monitor (based on lambda architecture and complex event processing) to merge historical and real-time information, analyze temporal shopping patterns, rapidly adapt offers (product recommendations, prices, promotions, and assistance) to the customer’s context. WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager and WSO2 Device Manager reduces point of sale provisioning time and satisfies risk assurance mandates.

 

Do you have a digital platform that can drive your digital business forward across a connected world?

 

 

Politics of API

The Politics of APIs

Politics is all about power.   Whether in Washington DC, Brussels, or Beijing, individuals jockey for advantage using the political process.  The politics of APIs centers on ‘knowledge being power’ and ‘data content being power’.  Individuals and corporations gain a powerful advantage in the API economy by enforcing content ownership, access privileges, and distribution rights to their advantage.

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Enabling Cloud-native, complex enterprise development in the Cloud

Forklifting terrestrial middleware into the cloud provides incremental benefits. To revolutionize project delivery and build a responsive IT, organizations operating at the speed of business:

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Choosing API Security Options Fostering API Ecosystems

Choosing appropriate API security options will help you gain developer trust, increase API adoption, and build an effective API ecosystem.  While APIs are the ‘coolest’ and most effective mechanism to expose business functionalities out towards the outside world and inward to other teams, API security requires learning new technologies (i.e. OAuth, MAC token profiles, and JSON Web Token [JWT]) and retrofitting existing identity management architecture with token chaining and identity brokering.

 

Many mobile application developers and architects find API security and identity options are arcane, jargon-filled, and confusing.   They frequently ask whether selecting one choice over another is appropriate – and you need to cautiously identify and isolate  tradeoffs.  A robust API security platform can help guide you in the right direction.

API Security Basics

Security is not an afterthought. Incorporate security as an integral part of any application development project. The same approach applies to API development as well. API security has evolved significantly in the past five years. The recent standards growth has been exponential. OAuth and bearer tokens are the most widely adopted standard, and are possibly now the de-facto standard for API security.

What API security decisions should you consider?

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Embrace the Shadow Today

Enterprise IT must embrace Shadow IT today and establish a partnership that will move the business forward at the speed of now. By understanding the Shadow IT mindset, you can bridge the divide, accelerate solution development, and empower every team to build in an enterprise-safe manner.  Start today, and take small steps towards a big vision that delivers a flexible enterprise IT environment that enables and empowers Shadow IT teams.
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Four Point DevOps Story

Build team interest and passion in DevOps by promoting four DevOps themes:

  1. DevOps PaaS Delivers at the Speed of Business Demand
  2. DevOps Equals DevOps Principles Plus DevOps Practices
  3. The Agile DevOps PaaS Mindset
  4. ALM PaaS Bridges the Dev Gap

Every team member desires to fulfill their objective while delivering  at the Speed of Business DemandHigh performance IT teams move at the speed of business.

They rapidly deliver high quality software solutions that enable business penetration into new markets, create innovative products, and improve customer experience and retention. Unfortunately, most IT teams do not have an environment fostering the rapid iteration, streamlined workflow, and effective collaboration required to operate at the speed of now and capture business opportunity. Disconnected tooling, static environment deployment, and heavyweight governance across development and operations often impede rapid software cycles, minimize delivery visibility, and prohibit innovative experimentation.

A new, more responsive IT model is required!  

A more responsive IT model incorporates  DevOps Principles Plus DevOps Practices.

Every successful, long-lasting model has a clear manifesto outlining goals and principles. Many DevOps adopters may not be aware of the DevOps Manifesto (created by Jez Humble @jezhumble) nor how successful DevOps requires keeping a clear focus on principles, practices, and value (instead of infrastructure tooling.

When teams converge agile and DevOps practices with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) infrastructure, they adopt an agile DevOps PaaS mindset.  They create a collaborative environment that accelerates business enablement and increases customer engagement. Adopting agile devops requires a structural mind shift, and successful IT teams follow manifesto guidance to change delivery dynamics, take small steps to build one team, focus on real deliverables, accelerate reactive adaptation, and guide continuous loop activity.

Effective cross-functional teams drive every big success. Whether bridging dev with ops or biz with dev, encourage self-organizing teams and value small daily interactions.

ALM PaaS bridges the development gap between corporate IT and distributed outsourced development activities. The traditional gap impedes system integration, user acceptance testing, visibility into project progress, and corporate governance. Stephen Withers describes an often true, and ineffective current ALM state:

” the CIO does not have visibility of the overall project: this is a major problem.”

A top CIO desire is to obtain portfolio-wide visibility into development velocity, operational efficiency, and application usage.

What solution or best practices do you see solving balkanized, silo development tooling, fractured governance, disconnected workflow, and incomplete status reporting when working with distributed outsourced teams or across internal teams?

Recommended Reading

  1. DevOps PaaS Delivers at the Speed of Business Demand
  2. DevOps Equals DevOps Principles Plus DevOps Practices
  3. The Agile DevOps PaaS Mindset
  4. ALM PaaS Bridges the Dev Gap