Because of the digital transformation that organizations make, they often unlock information via beautifully designed websites and applications. Those who look and think further, sometimes take the next step: access via an API (Application Programming Interface). This offers many opportunities, but organizations often see it as a difficult step.
Every year Ibuildings organises an international conference on PHP technology: the Dutch PHP Conference (DPC). Last week was already the 11th edition of our successful conference where some 630 developers, software architects and community members come together in the Amsterdam RAI.
When custom business software becomes obsolete, many organizations choose almost automatically to have completely new software built. Renovation is often not considered. While in 70 percent of the cases it is more successful and cheaper. It is an interesting option, which I would always consider. Because that old application often has great treasures hidden in it.
In order to focus on core activities, organisations often know very well which tasks they have to do themselves or can outsource. But as soon as it comes to the software that supports the same core business, there is strikingly less straightforward thinking about it.
Now that organisations are consciously making the transition from ‘business’ to ‘online business’, web applications and other software are becoming more and more decisive for their success. When choosing between ‘custom or standard software’, a mix is becoming more and more interesting, but how do you find the perfect balance?