Cloud API popularity is fueling interest in creating service ecosystems across organizations, teams, and applications. By externalizing software platform functions from containers, operating systems, and on-premise data center environments, new business opportunities emerge, and development teams gain faster time to market when building scalable business solutions. Is the time right for you to build a cloud ecosystem architecture based on APIs and supporting rapid application development?
API governance is heavily influenced by IT business goals and objectives. Leading API governance platforms provide analytics supporting the assessment of IT business value. The platform should capture service tier subscription information, collects usage statistics, present productivity metrics, and integrate with billing and payment systems.
Service Oriented Architecture initiative success requires creating loosely coupled consumer-provider connections, enforcing a separation of concerns between consumer and provider, exposing a set of re-usable, shared services, and gaining service consumer adoption. Many teams find a SOA or REST focus may not improve IT agility, but result in simply swapping out IT toolsets, message formats, and protocols.
SOA Governance mitigates risk in failing to deliver the [A] in SOA.
Application Services Governance is a mechanism to achieve business agility, build a responsive IT organization, and optimize IT effectiveness. Effective governance automates IT best practices, improves service levels, and facilitates safe, rapid iterations. Governance facilitates safe and rapid change by mitigating risks and reducing uncertainty when teams evolve IT systems. When enhancing governance effectiveness, successful teams smartly remixes IT skills, tooling, and processes; development and operation teams adopt agile processes, introduce automation tooling, and streamline collaboration.
Application Services Governance spans services, APIs, and applications. Don’t fall into governance gaps! Effective governance initiatives unify SOA governance, API governance, application governance, security governance, development governance, and infrastructure governance into a comprehensive and interconnected DevOps perspective.
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Often outdated processes, tools, and skills inhibit IT’s ability to be a strategic enabler and gain an IT business edge. By adopting a new, Responsive IT delivery model, teams can foster effective business collaboration, responsive iterations, streamlined processes, and no wait states; enabling business to operate at the speed of now. By changing the business-IT dynamic through an innovation focus, business stakeholders start to view IT as a strategic partner.
A New IT model is required to reduce delivery time and accelerate business agility. The New IT Delivery model strives to achieve open collaboration, micro-iterations, no wait states, and streamlined processes.
How are you building a pragmatic, open source driven game plan that incorporates New IT approach vectors?
The path to New IT requires incrementally moving away from traditional application platforms, traditional team structure, and traditional information flows. The New IT architecture underlying Responsive IT intelligently incorporates Cloud Platforms, BigData Analytics, Enterprise DevOps, and API first development.
All SOA infrastructure products should participate in managing, storing, deciding, or enforcing policy. More than a SOA Governance registry is required. Application Services Governance Platforms provides advanced policy management capabilities across design-time, run-time, security, and lifecycle management focus areas.
Application Services Governance is a necessary step towards building a responsive IT organization and achieving business agility. By guiding teams through a streamlined application services development process, Application Services Governance Platforms optimize IT effectiveness, raise software quality, and reduce delivery timeframes.
Policy management is a governance cornerstone, and governance can serve as a foundation underlying an responsive IT organization and business agility.
Governance relies on policy, people, process and technology to guide business activity and deliver consistently positive outcomes. Effective governance channels business activity towards the ‘right path’ by making the right actions the path of least resistance. Policy management is used to specify the correct behavior, detail exception thresholds, and define corrective actions or notifications. Leading application services governance platforms deliver advanced policy management by conforming to a flexible architecture, covering significant policy categories, and spanning all lifecycle phases.
Make DevOps and NoOps a cornerstone of improving your software delivery; just don’t think NoOps PaaS entirely defines ˜What is True, Complete PaaS. The DevOps and NoOps movements promote quick project startup, rapid release iterations, and incremental solution testing. Lucas Carlson and Adron Hall post a good article on InfoQ describing how integrating development environments with runtime containers will accelerate iterative development tasks. As teams incorporate provisioning and automation practices into the application platform, interest in NoOps and DevOps has grown.