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

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

Palo Alto, CA – March 27, 2014 – 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 is the only company that provides a completely integrated enterprise application platform for enabling a business to build and connect APIs, applications, Web services, iPaaS, PaaS, software as a service and legacy connections without having to write code; using big data and mobile; and fostering reuse through a social enterprise store. Only with WSO2 can enterprises use a family of governed secure solutions built on the same code base to extend their ecosystems across the cloud and on mobile devices to employees, customers and partners in anyway they like. Hundreds of leading enterprise customers across every sector—health, financial, retail, logistics, manufacturing, travel, technology, telecom and more—in every region of the world rely on WSO2’s award-winning, 100% open source platform for their mission-critical applications. To learn more, visit or check out the WSO2 community on the WSO2 Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and FriendFeed..