CA Technologies recently held a summit diving deeply into APIs, the application economy and some of the most significant IT trends and issues for the APJ region, including highlighting the urgency for organisations to defend, evolve and grow their businesses into truly transformative digital businesses.
The event was hosted by Kenneth Arredondo, President and General Manager, CA Technologies Asia Pacific & Japan.
The summit also saw the launch of CA Technologies first Asia Pacific & Japan Application Economy Index, which ranked the readiness and potential of each market in the region (includes Australia) - the full video of that section and a write-up in iTWire on the freely downloadable report is here.
In Arredondo’s opening keynote, available to watch in full below (along with the rest of the conference,) he noted that ‘only the strongest and most innovative will survive in today’s increasingly digital world,’ an underlying message echoed by other speakers and industry experts at the regional conference.
From paying bills to monitoring health patterns to booking movie tickets, almost everything is now at our fingertips, with today’s ever-evolving apps enabling seamless transactions, becoming the main point of customer contact for many businesses.
This digital world is what CA refers to as the application economy, and it’s one most of us are now intimately familiar with as end-users - and which organisations should be as digitally-enabled businesses, too.
Highlighting the prevalence of the application economy worldwide especially across APJ, Arredondo outlined how organisations should focus on matching the pace of innovation with the pace of disruption, and capitalise on the opportunities to transform and grow during challenging times.
CA Technologies says the while economic uncertainties are widely expected to persist through 2016, ‘there are some bright spots in APJ which cannot be overlooked. Arredondo pointed out how the region will likely continue to be the global growth leader, having more than half the world’s population with strong youth demographics.’
Arredondo said: “Today’s digital world is shaped by a confluence of revolutionary technologies like cloud, mobility, big data and Internet of Things, which are making the future even more exciting. There is increasingly more awareness about the urgency to embrace digital transformation. Placing it firmly on the agenda of governments and business leaders, to help enable them transform and grow in a world adjusting to new realities,” said Arredondo.
Plenty more below, please read on!
CA explains further, stating that in the current complex business scenario, organisations need to be agile, innovative and operationally sound.
My own cheeky comment here is that agility isn’t just a catchphrase from Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - it’s something that today’s businesses need to be to stay competitive - and ultimately to stay in business.
In any case, CA says these were among ‘the key attributes highlighted at the summit that will enable organisations to incubate ideas fast; being able to be the first to go to market with new products and services; and scale their operations easily when their businesses grow.’
Arredondo added: “Disruptors are not all about new companies and start-ups. Disruptions can happen with companies looking for new ways to increase productivity.
“The digital evolution is already happening, and history has taught us that it is critical for companies to catch and successfully ride the next innovation wave, or risk being left behind especially as the window of opportunity to surf this wave gets shorter. Industries that once enjoyed decades of market dominance have needed to adapt or die,” he added.
Now, we will see CA’s strategic approach in today’s Application Economy in the videos below, but what is the short version of this?
Arredondo underlined how CA has designed its portfolio of solutions to help customers transform to become truly digital businesses, stating: “Software has existed for decades. However, today, we look at software in a different way – it is not just a technology product.
“Business and IT leaders need to look at software as a basic organising principle as it allows scale, reduces friction, adds speed and enables repeatable, automated transactions. When software is harnessed at this level, it becomes a lever to innovate and grow, and more importantly, create completely new business models.
“We have helped organisations defend, evolve, and grow their businesses in today’s application economy by focusing on APIs, implementing DevOps, investing in security and becoming truly agile.”
The conference in full is below in video, with separate special interview videos with most of the presenters. There’s some excellent and insightful information here, so please bookmark this article for future reference, strap yourself in, and learn
There’s several here, you will find useful information to help you and your business understand the application economy.
1. Keynote Address, Winner takes all - surviving the Application Economy in APJ
Kenneth Arredondo, President & General Manager, APJ, CA Technologies
Later during the summit, I was able to interview Kenneth Arredondo in a one-on-one interview. I asked him to give us the short version of his talk, to explain some of the ways CA Technologies and its customers have taken advantage of the benefits of today’s application economy, how he seems the application economy evolving through to 2020 and beyond, and his message to iTWire viewers and readers.
That interview is below. The conference videos and one-on-one interview videos continue further below, please read on!
2. The second part of the CA APJ 2016 Summit was the CA APJ Application Economy Study by Lim May-Ann, Managing Director, TRPC.
This study ranked the readiness and potential of each market in the region (includes Australia) - the full video of that section and a write-up on the freely downloadable report is here.
3. The third speaker at the Summit was Stephen Miles, Chief Technology Officer, APJ, CA Technologies.
Miles delivered the ‘Technology Strategy Keynote: Transforming Businesses into ‘Innovation Factories’ with Software’.
Stephen Miles also spoke with me later in the day in a one-on-one interview, which is presented below. Miles gave me a wrap of his session, told us more about ‘micro services’ and how they sound like the way forward, how ready APJ is for the micro services revolution, the appetite for digital transformation programs, the priorities companies need to address and the role of next-gen 5G mobile technology in the future of powering the app economy.
That one-on-one discussion is below, after which plenty more from the CA APJ 2016 Summit is ready and waiting for you:
4. Ramesh Narayanaswamy, Group SIO, SingPost, has a presentation that follows on from Stephen Miles’ above, and which is followed by a ‘fireside chat’ that is described below.
5. Digital Transformation in the Application Economy Fireside Chat - CA, TRPC and SingPost.
Moderated by Stephen Miles, Chief Technology Officer, APJ, CA Technologies Featuring:
Kenneth Arredondo, President & General Manager, APJ, CA Technologies Lim May-Ann, Managing Director, TRPC Ramesh Narayanaswamy, Group CIO, SingPost
6. Agility Management: Solving the Governance Dilemma, presented by Robert Carruthers, Senior Director, ITBM APJ, CA Technologies
After this was a Q&A session on the same topic:
7. DevOps: The Collaboration Force Awakens This session is presented by Ashok Vasan, Vice President, Application Delivery, APJ, CA Technologies.
8. It is followed up by a presentation on Enhancing Customer Experience with Agile Operations, by Richard Gerdis, Vice President, Enterprise Management, APJ, CA Technologies.
I then spoke to both Richard and Ashok in a two-on-one interview:
9. Security & API Management: Securing the Digital Transformation Journey
Presented by: Vic Mankotia, Vice President, Security & API Management, APJ, CA Technologies
and Trent Mayberry, Managing Director, Accenture Digital
Finally, I then spoke to Vic Mankotia in a 1-on-1 interview, asking him to define APIs and remind us all how people and companies are using and profiting from APIs. Vic summed up his presentation, explained who some of CA’s regional and Australian customers were and shared a message with iTWire’s viewers and readers.
Alex Zaharov-Reutt attended the CA Technologies APJ Media and Analyst Summit 2016 as a guest of CA Technologies.