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3 Critical Developer Program Best Practices

Regardless of whether you are building a new developer program or working to revamp an existing one, there are a few factors that significantly contribute to your organization’s ability to optimize: importance, implementation, and infrastructure.

In our recent webinar, industry experts, Rick Tywoniak (Senior Director of DevNet at Cisco) and Olivier Wellmann (VP of Product at Conviva) discussed best practice recommendations for each. Check out their top insights:

(1) Importance

Understanding the importance of your developer program and how it impacts your organization’s ability to achieve corporate goals is critical to success. To determine the importance of your developer program, answer the following questions:

  • What do we want to achieve with our developer program?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • What’s the ideal state we want to reach?

Olivier says, “These questions need to be well thought through to make sure your internal organization is on board with the objectives.”

(2) Implementation

Quickly establishing your program and attracting developers will increase your developer program’s likelihood of success. Though there are a number of ways to do so, it’s imperative to include innovation within the process. Rick recommends setting up workshops in which your team thinks through strategics to achieve adoption.

An example of how to accomplish this is “to get developers in and get them out, designing the user experience in such a way that developers can gain access, find what they need, understand what they need, and develop something really quickly to get started. They may come back and do something more in depth, but if they can’t come in and do that, you will likely lose them for good.”

(3) Infrastructure

Finally, you need the technological system in place to support a successful and scalable developer program. Regardless of whether you build it on your own or you leverage an ecosystem management software, you must have an infrastructure that supports speed and continuous improvement.

Olivier recommends answering the following question: what technology infrastructure do I need to achieve the goals that I have set forth? He says, “You cannot get to the ideal state in one day, but if you can get there faster because someone has already built a platform that allows you to jump or leap steps, you should leverage it.”

Recognizing the importance, successfully implementing, and building a supporting infrastructure are all necessary components to ensuring success with regards to your developer program. If you are interested in hearing more from these industry leaders, download this eBook, “Optimizing Your Developer Program.”