When executives are challenged to innovate, they often try to take old routes to new business ideas. While analyzing innovative companies, we’ve found that it’s not just the organizational culture or leadership that creates innovation — it’s the willingness to allow consumers and developers to identify new uses for existing data and infrastructure via open APIs.
Alcatel’s lifecycle methodology moves the conversation forward into solid business, legal and marketing approaches that are critical to successfully deploying APIs and building healthy developer driven ecosystems. This move shows the API industry has matured and is ready for prime time. And the fact that Alcatel released the methodology under a creative commons license shows they get the true essence of the API movement.