VP Innovation at Axway, Co-founder at Vordel

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Architecting a Digital Platform - Presentation at Gartner AADI 2015

The Gartner AADI (Application Architecture, Development & Integration) Summit kicks off tomorrow in Las Vegas. Each year, this event is an opportunity for architects at leading organizations to connect and discuss the latest trends in application and systems design. This year, the focus is on “Empowering Innovation, Leading Transformation”.  Topics covered will include API strategies, business analytics, and how to design powerful user experiences.

A key part of embracing digital is to architect a Digital Platform. This platform is what enables Digital Engagement, by underpinning new user experiences across many channels. Underpinning this layer is the Digital Foundation layer, which is enabled by APIs. Increasingly, those APIs follow a microservices framework.

Following a pace-layered approach, the architecture allows an organization to function at multiple speeds. The fast-moving UX layer consumes APIs which are in turn mapped to underlying systems.

In my talk at ADDI, at 9.30am on December 2nd, I will be talking about how to architect a digital platform.  I will peel back the layers of a typical Digital Platform, from the fast-changing UX layer, to the API layer, as well as a microservices framework. Case studies are always important in a talk like this, to show how organizations are leveraging a digital platform to enable digital transformation in the real world. I'll show how three leading organizations have deployed Digital Platforms, enabling them to innovate to meet customer expectations.

I look forward to seeing you there!


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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.