opsZero is hitting its 5th year, and we are hitting reboot and recommitting to the Cloud. When we started nearly five years, we were in a different world. Kubernetes just came out, Serverless was still relatively new, and the Cloud wasn't as expansive as it is now. Times change, and with the acceleration of the Cloud with Covid-19, businesses are in a Cloud-first world.

Organizations need to be Cloud-first and use the Cloud to create and optimize their businesses. With the proliferation of excellent tools and products like Kubernetes, AWS Lambda, JAMStack, Jupyter Notebooks, and the immense growth in open source in the last few years, the Cloud is expanding further.

opsZero is evolving to expanding into this proliferating Cloud universe. While we will continue providing Kubernetes and Serverless, we are expanding to encompass more of our mission of accelerating the API and AI-gig economy. opsZero is launching a Cloud Marketplace.

The marketplace's first goal is to provide businesses a place to find supported Microservices, Dashboards, Productized Consulting, and MicroSaaS to move faster with the Cloud. Secondly, as the Cloud expands, developers need a way to monetize their products and services. Out platform hopes to connect these two groups.

We will be expanding the marketplace over the next few months. But check out some of the initial products and services already available, such as MakeProspect and YieldPayroll, to get an idea of the type of products and services we will be releasing.

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Accelerating the API Economy

Posted 12 months ago
We are in the middle of an economic evolution that is finally hitting the mainstream. The economy is becoming API-first. The API-first economy means businesses can be computers talking to other computers, computers talking to humans, or humans talking to computers. We don't know who is fulfilling the work behind the scene, nor do we care because all business interactions happen through APIs.

An API-first economy builds supply chains for knowledge work. Every company can be thought of as a lego piece. Each piece optimizes to do one thing well, outsourcing or divesting anything that doesn't fit its core competency and maximizing its competitive advantage. It connects with other components that it needs via APIs. Since the interaction is programmatic, the company doesn't care who is delivering the end result. It can be either an Algorithm or a Human.

This will create a Cambrian explosion of companies that can be built. Suppose we combine the API-first nature with 5G, Edge, IoT, and other emerging technologies. In that case, we can produce hundreds of different permutations of optimized products fulfilling niche needs.

As more niche products are built to talk to each other through APIs, we can foster innovation faster. If a new breakthrough solves a problem cheaply, we can just theoretically replace the API. This will lead to competition to reimagine and reinvent problems from different angles. Hopefully, this acceleration of problem-solving will lead to solving the world's issues faster.

As an example of this, think of an API-first Google Maps. Google can focus on displaying the maps to the end-user. They can call an API provider that optimizes for getting the very best results from, say, Santiago, Chile.

But say another provider comes along and provides better results. Google can just connect to the new one without changing any code, only the API address. The vendor for map data in Santiago, Chile, could also call its own APIs for neighborhood data. Each layer can optimize to deliver the very best results.

This is a biological emergence of the economy. Companies will be able to be formed rapidly. Like cells coming together to build new organisms, APIs can combine to create new companies.

opsZero's mission is to accelerate the API economy.

To achieve this mission, our focus is on two things.

  • Accelerate the adoption of Serverless, Kubernetes, and Workflow Automation to create new API endpoints.
  • Build a Platform to launch and service API-first companies.

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