SOA & Web Services

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services management apply enterprise management concepts to SOA's service interface layer, implementing key aspects of SOA-based flexibility by enforcing policy and monitoring activity for service requests before they are delivered to the business logic of the service.

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  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Designing Microservice Apps For Containers And Cloud Platforms

    Early Adopters Illuminate More Than 30 Emerging Practices

    July 27, 2017 Randy Heffner

    For application development and delivery (AD&D) leaders seeking to deliver business change more quickly, containers provide better application packaging while microservices provide better application structure. Each presents a wide range of implementation challenges, and using them both together only multiplies the challenges. This report draws on interviews with nine early adopters to outline more than 30 emerging practices to guide developers as they craft their solution architectures for business agility.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Keep API Strategy On Track With An API Taxonomy

    Taxonomy And Portfolio Management Are Critical Foundations For API Success

    May 16, 2017 Randy Heffner

    Application programming interfaces (APIs) underpin digital transformation by enabling Agile solutions and new business strategies. As application development and delivery (AD&D) pros create many APIs, they must: 1) organize and classify of them and 2) ensure good design of many different types of APIs. An API taxonomy addresses these concerns and more as part of one's API governance and management disciplines. This report provides AD&D pros with principles and structures for establishing and refining an API taxonomy.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: A Developer's Guide To Forrester's Strategies For API Success

    A Guided Tour Of Forrester's Research On APIs And SOA

    February 28, 2017 Randy Heffner

    APIs are critical for digital transformation because they are central to software as the backbone of modern business. Many application development and delivery (AD&D) pros mistakenly think of APIs only as a technical strategy for application integration and mobile apps. But APIs enable new business strategies, rapid business change, broad ecosystem connectivity, and world-class customer engagement. To help clients establish and evolve a well-grounded API strategy, this report ties together Forrester's body of research on APIs, making a cohesive whole out of 52 reports. This is an update to a previously published report. Notable additions include guidance on justifying API strategy to executives, an overview of global firms using open web APIs, API platform strategy, a vendor landscape for API gateways, The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2016 and a related vendor landscape, and a vendor landscape for services vendors that can help with API strategy and delivery. Significant changes since the prior edition of this report are marked with "[NEW]" or "[UPDATED]" as appropriate.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: Standard APIs: A Key To Agile And Open Banking

    Banks Need Standard APIs And Should Follow The Progress Of BIAN

    January 10, 2017 Jost Hoppermann

    Ongoing industrialization continues to drive the fragmentation of value chains in the banking industry. In this environment, broadly accepted APIs are critically important for application development and delivery (AD&D) teams at banks, but standardized banking APIs are still a long way off. This report analyzes what the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) has delivered since its establishment eight years ago and what recent BIAN decisions mean for your path to standard APIs.

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    REPORT: APIs Foster Innovation At The Largest Global Firms

    Developers Help Connect Digital Ecosystems With Open Web APIs

    January 4, 2017 Randy Heffner

    In the age of software-powered digital disruption, APIs are important for fostering innovation, and organizations need developers who use them to knit together business ecosystems. AD&D pros at large enterprises commonly ask Forrester what their peers are doing with open web APIs. So we examined each Fortune 500 and Global 100 firm's web presence to find developer sites and open web API programs. This report tells what we found, which sectors focus most on open Web APIs, and what motivates these firms to adopt open Web APIs.

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