Matt describes his role as Field CTO applying API designs and tooling in digital transformation initiatives. We seek reasons for the buzz around “API First” and a practical meaning of the term, which will surprise those who imagine it to have a design motivation. What are the pitfalls of complex distributed architectures being experienced across industries? And what hyped technologies are likely to pass the test of time, and which ones are doomed?
Matt McLarty (@mattmclartybc) is the Global Field CTO at MuleSoft. He works closely with organizations to define digital strategies, as well as design and implement enterprise-grade API and microservices solutions. An experienced software architect, Matt has worked extensively in the field of integration and real-time data distribution. He is the co-author of the O’Reilly books Microservice Architecture and Securing Microservice APIs, co-author of the ebook Develop a Winning API Product Strategy, co-author of the HBR article “APIs Aren’t Just for Tech Companies” and co-host of the APIs Unplugged podcast.