Business Track (Room 17)
No Code APIs – Achieving Workflow Automation for Non-Techies
APIs are amazing tools for developers, technical staff, and data analysts, but what about those that don’t know how to program? How can non-techies take advantage of the all the benefits that APIs have to offer without writing a single line of code? This session will overview some of the available tools, platforms, plugins, and other methods that non-technical staff can use to take advantage of the power of APIs. If you are a manager, marketer, salesperson, or other business staff, this session will teach how to use APIs to help automate some of your daily workflow tasks. We’ll discuss how to save time and increase efficiencies within the web applications that you use every day including social media, cloud storage, document management, project management software, and many others.
Developer Track (Room 19)
APIs: Legos for Developers
The dream of easily reusable components is an old one in programming dating back to the emergence of object-oriented programming in the 1960s half a century ago. The truth is, it never really worked. Not in a way that transformed programming.
Today, we find the required components have arrived in full force: they are called services. Services such as Twilio for communications, Stripe or Dwolla for payments, Sendgrid for emails and so on, which let programmers do amazing things with just a few lines of code and enable them to build and launch something meaningful in the duration of a hackathon.
That act of assembling the components into a new whole though, still happens largely through exactly the kind of programming we have always done. But here too change is on the way and people is creating new experiences assembling services and APIs. What are the minimum requirements for a modern API to fit into this landscape? What are the tools out there that are enabling this code-glue approach? We are not quite there, but the future in which most people will be empowered to build software is arriving and APIs are the key enablers for this.
Vertical Track (Room 20)
What’s Holding you Back from Achieving API-Actualization
APIs are ubiquitous. They are an extension of your business and your brand. For some organizations, APIs are the biggest revenue drivers, while in other’s they increase business footprint and open a path to innovation. ‘API-First’ approach is the main underlying construct for almost all your growth strategies - digital transformation, mobile-first or IoT. However performance and quality is critical when you are dealing with APIs. To effectively innovate using APIs, it is absolutely essential that you understand the definition of API-quality as seen by various stakeholders. In this talk we will explore the true cost of poorly performing APIs, share insights from an original research conducted earlier this year – the State of API survey taken by 2300+ API professionals across the globe, apply Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to APIs and layout the path to API-actualization.