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Digital transformation isn’t 'Flavor of the week,' says CA APJ exec

By Yogesh Gupta | July 22, 2016
Businesses sluggish in completing digital transformation will perish in the era of the app economy says Kenneth Arredondo, President & GM, APJ at CA Technologies

Digital transformation isn't 'Flavor of the week' for organizations: Kenneth Arredondo

The start-ups, unicorns and traditional large enterprise customers are leveraging APIs for faster time-to-market in today's hyper competitive world. CA technologies is clearly focused on digital transformation in the enterprise technology world. "App Economy is the fundamental change to the way businesses operate today as we help accelerate the companies' IT infra to help them seize net new revenues," says Kenneth Arredondo, President & General Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, CA Technologies.

Edited Excerpts from our interview:

Computerworld India: For a while now CA technologies has been talking APIs, App economy, digital transformation. Is it a case of old wine in a new bottle?

Arredondo: Our legacy historically is into monitoring (that's our bread and butter), predictive analysis, application performance monitoring. We have that core as part of our DNA for years. We have security that goes around app economy with payment security systems, identity and access management, authentication, single sign on experience. We also bring that same history and DNA of security into API economy. We focus on generation and consumption side of API to provide that total experience with a rich history of monitoring, tracking and providing real time data.

Being a 40 year old company, we have thousands of customers who have lots of data in their extremely valuable and stable systems. As a leader in PPM traditional waterfall model, we moved to the next logical play by integrating that portfolio with an agile central solution.

I wouldn't say it is old wine in a new bottle, but we are playing to our strengths with the industry trends. For example, big data and IoT drive demand in the things we do. IoT leads to more traffic and endpoints which means more to track, more to deploy and more to monetize data.

CW: App economy is far more complex than what these two words indicate. How can CIOs grapple with APIs -- number-wise, threat wise and help their organizations get better of competition?

 Arredondo:  Digital transformation is the future in App Economy. However the whole transformation to digital is a very complex journey. CIOs, CTOs and titans of industry in India, like their global peers, are today trying to transform themselves as they transform the business. We are working with CIOs on the whole end-to-end suite on App economy to be more relevant to transform, work with LOBs, talk to CEO etcetera. We don't want to outsource our strategic advantage of developing and providing those types of solutions needed in digital era.

Digital Economy is not a flavor of the week. It is a complete redoing of business driven by cloud, mobile, social, IoT, big data which are coming together at once in a consumer driven economy. In our 2014 survey, we found 25% of users abandon an App (if it does not open or have good UI) in 3 seconds to move to another App.


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