Interview with David Barnes

Innovation, creativity, openness: APIs are the key

David Barnes at JAX 2015

In his keynote address at JAX 2015, “Innovate. Create. Take it to the Masses”, David Barnes of IBM presented the IBM Bluemix Platform: applications that can be created by developers in the cloud, without coming into contact with infrastructure.

The JAX 2015 in Mainz attracted some big names, one of which being David Barnes, Program Director and Technology Evangelist for IBM. In a JAX TV interview with Mirko Schrempp, Barnes gives us some clues as to what cloud computing means for developers in his company.

Barnes emphasises the role of innovation for software development and cloud computing. At the same time, he warns against exaggeration of any kind: “For developers nothing has changed. This is not magic”.

The potential for a more profound change exists in Barnes’ so-called API Economy, in which any developer can offer their own API for a certain price on the market. In this interview he also takes a look at IBM and the importance of developing cloud products: “Marketing people did not make this happen. Developers made this happen”.

As IBM’s first official “Technology Evangelist”, David has spent more than two decades traveling the world, introducing people to new technologies like the World Wide Web, Web services and SOA, voice recognition, Web 2.0, big data, and IBM Watson.

With a continued focus on next-generation technology innovation, David has managed the IBM Solutions Experience Lab in Austin, Texas, and the IBM Extreme Blue innovation laboratory, also in Austin. Today he is helping shape IBM’s strategic efforts around innovations in cloud computing, big data analytics and other emerging technologies.

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