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Developers are moving from supporting the front office to being the front office, according to Tim Vanderham, the head of development for IBM Bluemix and IBM Cloud Marketplace. This transition is a result of API economy and means that APIs now power the modern digital supply chain that is brought together by the cloud.
"There is a disruption happening in the global businesses," said Vanderham at the DeveloperWeek conference in San Francisco. Enterprise architects are either facing that disruption or causing it for others.
Application development is about speed and choice. "If you are writing applications, you should be able to leverage the knowledge and tools you have today and find these in the development platform you choose," Vanderham explained. A good design has to have clean interfaces that make it possible to iterate on certain parts of a solution in combination. Enterprise architects need to think about building composable applications and businesses. This requires thinking about how application developers want to compose APIs.
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