Alcatel-Lucent continues to showcase the developer side of its Application Enablement approach, including its Open API program, which federates application services across multiple developers. There is no question that the company has started to gain some traction in the market with this, but there is still a question in our mind regarding how quickly the program can adapt to market conditions.
The thing that has made over-the-top players successful in the service layer is that they’ve dodged inertia. Because they don’t worry about standards beyond blowing a casual kiss here and there, they can expose features via APIs very quickly. If you wait for industry consensus on APIs, you’re putting yourself at the tail end of a multi-year process and then saying you’re running at market speed. I’d like to see Alcatel-Lucent open up more regarding how it will create features in Application Enablement and how quickly it can expose them using RESTful APIs.