Ecommerce has become an extremely dynamic and fast paced industry – and software is driving the business. The business that can deploy solutions to their customers more quickly across a range of platforms, with the flexibility to continuously deliver new functionality, is poised to succeed.
The solution is the API Economy and DevOps, which are basically two sides of the same coin.
The API Economy is the commercial exchange of information resources facilitated by exposing your entity’s core information resources to an ecosystem of developers through an Internet-based application programming interface. Clear Text: The common use of standardized, tested and proven modules via a robust API (Application Programming Interface) in order to reduce development time and errors. A simple analogy: building a PC by plugging different chips like memory, CPU, Video chip, etc. (the modules) into the motherboard (the API).
DevOps is a culture. It’s about the development team and the operations team working as a cohesive unit to achieve a single outcome: decreased time to market without increasing risk or reducing quality. And, like any cultural change, while it won’t happen tomorrow, you can start today.
So what is this cultural change? It all hinges on development and operations collaborating to make smaller changes, more often. Instead of processing changes in a sequential manner changes becomes more dynamic controlled less by humans and more by automated tools. DevOps is all about handling change better, faster and cheaper.
Together, the API Economy and DevOps provide the ability to deliver continuous improvements and new solutions fast, cheap and secure.