Digital services are developed in teams in which people have different roles. Some are product owners, software developers, UX designer etc. Based on our experience in API management and API value chain development, we have identified two additional key roles: APItalist and APIOps.
Without having these two in your development team, your API-based business is likely to be doomed. APItalist and APIOps are the Batman and Robin of API Economy. One can not prosper without the other.
APItalist is the value machine
APItalist is the magician with numbers and understands the dynamics of API-based service economy. They know how to replicate Twilio style hockey stick growth. Furthermore, APItalists master developer experience tricks to maximize developers’ love towards APIs.
These people have at least a dozen new razor sharp customizable monetization models in their pockets — every day. Occasionally, APItalist is an additional role of a Product Owner.
APIOps will streamline API development and management
Team members acting in the APIOps role are a combination of DevOps and API development experts. APIOps masters the API development toolchain and automation related to it.
They have an internal desire to automate every piece of the development process that can be automized. They excel in agile development, continuous integration, and utilizing existing resources such as cloud technology. Furthermore, they have the necessary hacker spirit to overcome obstacles without fear and the ability to get things done.
Have you checked how to complement DevOps with APIOps using APIOps Cycles -method?