It isn’t tough to understand how applications are changing the world of business. Traditional industries are being disrupted big time by software companies like Uber and Airbnb. Amazon, too, is essentially a software company and APIs are becoming a major revenue driver for companies sharing information or adding value of some kind.
With the move towards more software, the potential to be disrupted – even if you are a disrupter – becomes greater each day. MySpace should have become Facebook; AltaVista should have become Google; Yahoo should have been Google as well; IBM (News - Alert) shouldn’t be losing cloud business to Amazon; and Microsoft (News - Alert) saw the smartphone trend very early, yet, somehow, lost the battle to Apple, thanks to superior software.
In a recent meeting with Aruna Ravichandran, vice president, DevOps Product Marketing and Andi Mann (News - Alert), vice president, Strategy, at CA Technologies, both agreed that applications are changing the world of business and, moreover, their company wants to help your organization provide continuous delivery.
The company’s goal is to help customers bring apps to market more quickly, while providing availability, performance and security. Their environment assists in API security – an area of weakness for a number of vendors recently.
Moreover, by providing API control, a company can use them as a way to generate additional revenue. For example, they could allow a certain number of queries per hour for free, and then charge. Another option would be to allow reads for free and charge for database writes.
“IT has spent too much time as the department of no,” said Mann. “Now we want to enable businesses to run fast.”
He explained that brakes are actually what allow a car to go fast – they let you slow down. With proper API management, he continued, companies can have hackathons and better connect with partners and contractors outside the organization.
Via the company’s Service Virtualization solution, developers can emulate even unavailable systems, allowing things like back-end calls to credit card processing systems. The system can even emulate those environments difficult to emulate due to licensing requirements. CA (News - Alert) works with over 100 development platforms and allows custom integrations to be simply built as well.
“It’s a cultural transformation,” explained Ravichandran.” “It’s a people process powered by technology as an enabler to make DevOps real.”
She continued by saying we are in an application economy where companies need to drive business, gain new customers, enter new markets and demographics. The bottom line is CA’s agile software development system allows companies to have parallel development and application delivery – allowing product bugs to be located and eradicated earlier in the lifecycle of applications.
Edited by Maurice Nagle