New WSO2 White Paper Examines Best Practices for SOA and API Convergence

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White paper discusses how IT professionals can meet business goals, define an appropriate SOA and API mindset, implement shared services and APIs, and optimize governance.

WSO2 delivers the only complete open source enterprise SOA middleware stack purpose-built as an integrated platform to support today’s heterogeneous enterprise environments—internally and in the cloud

APIs can provide a platform for business stakeholders sponsoring enterprise IT renewal and pragmatic business execution.

Enterprises recognize that API and service-oriented architecture (SOA) best practices are central to solution and platform development. However, the adoption curve for these approaches can be steep. To help IT professionals address this challenge, WSO2 has published a new white paper that discusses effective strategies and tactics for API management within an SOA.

Capitalizing on SOA and API Convergence

The white paper, “SOA and API Convergence Strategy and Tactics,” was written by WSO2 Vice President of Platform Evangelism Chris Haddad. It begins by examining common SOA and API goals and benefits, reviewing both the business and technical perspectives. The paper then explores the execution schism, caused by differences in strategic focus, between REST API and SOA approaches. Additionally, it will cover pragmatic reconciliation, explaining how APIs can provide a platform for business stakeholders sponsoring enterprise IT renewal and pragmatic business execution.

The paper also reviews four different SOA and API mindsets: big SOA, small SOA, API-access and API-centric enterprise. Finally, it explores how organizations can strengthen their architecture environment and gain API-centric agility. This includes a discussion of when enterprise teams should create services and APIs, best practices for service and API governance, and their impact on application governance.

The white paper can be downloaded at

About the Author

Chris Haddad, WSO2 vice president of platform evangelism, works closely with developers, architects, and C-level executives to increase WSO2 technology adoption, improve the middleware platform, and maximize customer value. Prior to joining WSO2, Chris led research teams as a research vice president at the Burton Group and Gartner advising Fortune 500 enterprise organizations and technology infrastructure vendors.

About WSO2

WSO2 delivers on the promise of the connected business with the only completely integrated enterprise platform that enables businesses to build, integrate and manage their APIs, applications, and Web services on-premises, in the cloud, and on mobile devices. Leading enterprise customers worldwide rely on WSO2’s award-winning 100% open source platform and its robust governance and DevOps functionality for their mission-critical applications. Today, these businesses represent nearly every sector: health, financial, retail, logistics, manufacturing, travel, technology, telecom and more. Visit to learn more, or check out the WSO2 community on the WSO2 Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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