IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2016 - (Page 18)

The Digit Transform By Evelyn Hoover k Photography by Matt Carr he IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) recently released a report on how the advent of the digital revolution impacts organizations. Titled "New Technology, New Mindset," the study examined how the move to digital is shifting the conversation around IT infrastructure from technical to strategic. As they strive to best competitors and cooperate with partners to improve business outcomes, organizations are encountering challenges as they share data with others. Determining which data to share freely and which must be tightly controlled is critical. Additionally, integrating with ecosystem members can be difficult because organizations may rely on different platforms. Finally, managing workload demands from partners and clients outside an organization's firewall can be difficult. T Fueled by IBM middleware, the API economy is poised to help clients drive more revenue The answer to addressing many of these challenges lies in the use of APIs. "It is clear that APIs will be critical to unleash the insights from internal systems of record and build the necessary 'wiring' among organizations collaborating in the digital economy," the IBV whitepaper states. "APIs will serve as the fuel for new forms of innovation and combining capabilities from multiple sources that cross traditional geographic and industry lines." Recognizing this shift was occurring, IBM realigned itself to handle what is now being referred to as the API economy. (Read an interview with IBM 18 // JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 Senior Vice President Tom Rosamilia about that realignment: Business-Strategy/ Competitive-Advantage/ Rosamilia-transformation/.) One of the biggest drivers of this shift is the increasing use of mobile devices. The average mobile app uses at least a dozen APIs as it requests the services needed to fulfill a user's request. "All of the APIs need to be powered by the connections and the integration to whoever is delivering that service, and to do it in a secure and scalable way to drive more revenue," explains Marie Wieck, general manager, IBM Systems Middleware. "That

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2016

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Ticket to revenue
IBM Perspective: Building on strengths in the API economy
Techbits: Watson watches your waistline
Partner PoV: IT departments must be ready for digital performance and availability requirements
Focus on Storage: The IBM System Storage DS8880 family meets current and future data demands
IT Today: IBM helps clients make better decisions based on actual IT costs
Cover Story: The Digital Transformation: Fueled by IBM middleware, the API economy is poised to help clients drive more revenue
Feature: Continuous Development: Getting started with DevOps on the mainframe is like getting in shape - it's a personalized journey
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2016