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Kristof Van Tomme


Scaling API Docs: A Role for Developer Portals in Digital Transformation


Kristof Van Tomme is an open source strategist and architect. He is the CEO and co-founder of Pronovix. He’s got a degree in bioengineering and is a regular speaker at conferences in the API, DevRel, and technical writing communities. For a few years now he’s been building bridges between the documentation and Drupal community. He is co-organizer of the London Write the Docs meetup, and cheerleader for the Amsterdam and Brussels Write the Docs meetup groups. He is working on a number of new initiatives to help API product owners learn from their peers (API the Docs, DevPortal Awards, API product owner Masterminds).

Talk description

Developer experience is a key predictor for a successful API program. But how do you go about making a great DX at scale? If you are a startup there are many models in the API community you can emulate. But what if you are running a large API initiative as part of a digital transformation program, how will you do so consistently at scale? What are the pitfalls? What should you consider when choosing the governance model and technology for your devportal?

In this talk I explain how API documentation and your devportal can help you to turn your organization into a complex adaptive system. Exploring a model that can help you reason about governance and technology choices. Borrowing insights from biological systems to help build a system that is neither over- nor under-constrained. Exploring key devportal strategies that can help you to accelerate your company’s digital transformation journey.