Gartner EA Summit in Washington, D.C.

Digital business
Digital business

I attended last week the Gartner EA Summit in National Harbor, Washington, D.C. The event took place at the Gaylord Hotel Convention Center.

The Gaylord hotel is really huge with approximately 13 floors made of amazingly long corridors. The modern architecture is made of a light well coming from the glass roof and glass walls. At the bottom level, there is a pleasant atrium with restaurants and fountains.

I recorded a video in order to capture the amazing length of the corridors of the hotel. It shows the time to get from the floor elevator to my room (1’40” !!). Don’t even think of forgetting something in your room…

The event gathered over 900 people and was very well organized. It was structured as follows:

  • Networking breakfast—by industry (day one) and by topic (day two)
  • Keynotes with top analyst speakers
  • Sessions dedicated on specific topics
  • A solution showcase area where Axway has their booth

 Axway was a sponsor of the event

Axway was sponsoring the event and had a nice booth showcasing its API Lifecycle and API Management solutions along with its recently acquired Mobile App Development / MBaaS solutions. It was nice to meet our friends from SmartBear, specialized in API testing and monitoring tools, whom we partnered within 2015 to integrate our API Manager connector for testing APIs.

Our customer Sirius XM presented how they secure their SOAP Web Services and their REST APIs with our API Gateway when communicating with their ecosystem of partners. I was also pleased to take a picture from CSV Caremark, the large pharmacy retailer in the US, who implemented our solution to improve their replenishment process.

Key takeaways

The technological revolution is led by:

  • Mobility: the usage of mobile creates new customer experiences and intimacy.
  • Big Data & machine learning: data analysis and usage lead to better customer understanding and predictability.
  • Drones & Robotics: robots will change a lot of things in our lives and in the economy with a lot of jobs that will be replaced by drones.
  • The Cloud: the Cloud introduces a full shift in the infrastructure area. Even though many systems are still deployed on-premises, the Cloud has been growing significantly mostly promoted by the lines of business.
  • Internet of Things: everything gets connected and the economics of things will revolutionize a lot of things in many industries such as healthcare, entertainment, insurance and retail.
  • Social Web: the social graph has become a very powerful source of consumer insight for marketing campaigns and advertising.


Growth of crowdfunding. I’ve believed in crowdfunding for a long time and have already invested in companies this way—see my interview in French on Investbook. That’s why I was not surprised to see its huge growth.

Demographics is changing. In 10 years, 75% of the workforce will be born after 2000, which means full digital natives. Our companies of tomorrow will definitely be very different from the ones of today.
Automation is destroying jobs at a very fast pace (5.1M job destructions by 2020 which is massive) and less and fewer people trust large organizations including Government, which shows their inability to take care of people and take the right actions.

In the economy of connections—where everything is connected and can possibly create value—Continuous Delivery (CD) provides fluidity. Old-fashioned manual deployment models at night including a lot of risks are over and now systems need to be deployed instantaneously multiple times per week—sometimes per day—in an automated and controlled way.

Managing risk: I liked the risk management matrix made of those two axis:

  • “Open” or “Closed” strategy?
  • of the “Enterprise core” or the “Enterprise edge.”

If you decide:

  • to keep your “Enterprise core” systems closed to other applications, your strategy is “Guarding the Jewels of IT.”
  • to keep your “Enterprise edge” systems closed to your ecosystem, you are “Expanding the Empire of IT” within your organization.
  • to open your “Enterprise edge” systems to your ecosystem, you are “Leading the revolution” by opening up to innovation.
  • to open your “Enterprise core” systems to your ecosystem, you are “Sharing the wealth” and creating value beyond the boundaries of IT.


The blockchain is the next big thing. This highly cryptographic concept is impossible to break and offers a new way to provide reliable information with no need for authority in the middle—such as banks, administration—to deliver it. For example, the administration can store your birth certificate in the blockchain, the notary can store your house ownership certificate…

Read all about the future of API Management here.

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