SOA is Here to Stay in the API-driven Business World

By CIOReview | Monday, April 6, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) can be defined as architecture to build enterprise IT that supports interoperability. SOA is also been speculated to have ended or which has matured, or which has transformed into APIs – that we see promulgating today – and more such inferences that are circulated in the IT space. Mark O’Neill, ‎VP Innovation - API and Identity at Axway reinforces the relevance of SOA in today’s API driven world: ‘the principles of SOA - service reuse, a central registry of services, and loose coupling – are more important than ever.’

SOA is an enterprise architecture for service orientation supporting business operations. This architecture aids in boosting the information flow within the enterprise and with clients, customers, and partners as well. SOA brings benefits to enterprises in the form of: Loose coupling; reusability; rich testability; parallel development; higher availability; and greater scalability.

While SOA is an architecture, API is a technology and Gartner outlines the need for IT leaders to prioritize their API program requirements in its report, ‘Basic API Management Will Grow Into Application Services Governance.’

However, APIs in themselves don’t stand for success. For an API to be successful, ‘they need to be planned and designed right, have the right level of operational and policy controls and should be effectively monitored, analyzed and governed,’ says Sachin Agarwal, Vice President Product Marketing and Strategy at AkanaAkana.

Amazon has been a great adherer of API style of communication with the backing of SOA. The company reportedly had made it mandatory for its employees to use internal SOA to exchange data and to communicate between the teams pushing all the teams to build all service interfaces from the ground up to be externalizable, reports apievangelist.com.

Companies have been extending their SOA initiatives in the form of building API framework to tap the economy from across the connected world using web services.

“Smart enterprise architects actually use SOA principles to manage their APIs,” adds Neill.