Gartner Research

Choosing an API and SOA Governance Architecture

Published: 28 May 2014

ID: G00262148

Analyst(s): Gary Olliffe

Summary

Governance of APIs and services is no longer just about control; it's also about delivery and productivity. Defining, promoting, securing and supporting your services and APIs with application services governance can help API programs succeed and keep SOA initiatives on track.

Table Of Contents

Comparison

  • Understanding ASG Architecture Overlaps and Gaps
  • Understanding Common ASG Usage Scenarios

Analysis

  • Why "Governance" Is Not a Dirty Word
  • Keep Your Policies and Code Separate
  • NoESB: Don't Ride the Bus If You Don't Know Where It Goes
  • Be Explicit: Avoid Confusing Services and APIs
  • Application Services Governance Capabilities
    • Policy Management Capabilities
    • Developer Portals and Repository Capabilities
    • Service/API Integration and Composition Capabilities
    • Service Monitoring and Analytics Capabilities
    • Commercialization Capabilities
  • Option 1: SOA-Centric Architecture
    • Policy Management
    • Developer Portals and Repositories
    • Service/API Integration and Composition
    • Service Monitoring and Analytics
    • Commercialization
    • Applicability to Usage Scenarios
  • Option 2: API-Centric Architecture
    • Policy Management
    • Developer Portals and Repositories
    • Service/API Integration and Composition
    • Service Monitoring and Analytics
    • Commercialization
    • Applicability to Usage Scenarios

Guidance

  • Use Advanced Service Gateway Capabilities as an Alternative to ESBs
  • Deploy API-Centric First When Starting From Scratch
  • Don't Overbuy Duplicate ASG Capabilities

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