During the SOA craze days in the past, proponents pitched SOA’s lofty benefits from both business and technical perspectives. The benefits are real, yet sometimes very difficult to obtain. Surprisingly, today’s API proponents target similar benefits, but with an execution twist.
While everyone acknowledges API and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) are best practice approaches to solution and platform development, the learning curve and adoption curve can be steep. To gain significant business benefits, teams must understand their IT business goals, define an appropriate SOA & API mindset, describe how to implement shared services and popular APIs, and tune governance practices.
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?
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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Application Services Governance Automates Best Practices
SOA Governance Requires More than A Registry