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United Kingdom,United States : SOA Software Unveils Enterprise API Catalog to Drive API Adoption Inside the Enterprise

July 16, 2014



SOA Software, an API Management and SOA Governance leader, announced the availability of the Enterprise API catalog, an enhancement to its API Management Platform that drive the creation of API communities inside the enterprise. The API catalog combines the collaborative, open practices of external API Portals with search, controlled visibility, selective provisioning, and integration with enterprise security that are required for internal development. This public-private fusion offers enterprises a refreshing and productive way to harness the potential of APIs for software reuse and business value creation.

As enterprises modernize their IT infrastructure and adopt cloud and mobility initiatives, they find themselves embracing APIs to drive internal application development and integration. However, the one-size-fits-all approach does not work with API portals. Internal development communities are often more sophisticated than open or public communities, said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of SOA Software. The SOA Software Enterprise API catalog offers the business value that was long-promised but seldom delivered by cumbersome legacy repositories, providing the next generation of secured developer communities that span the various underlying protocols that enterprise APIs will support.

Compared to open or public APIs, internal APIs have many distinct characteristics that require a different approach to management and security. While an enterprise might have only a few external APIs, it might deploy hundreds of internal services delivered in multiple protocols and transports including REST, SOAP, and POX, over HTTP/S, AMQP, MQ, JMS. To foster re-use, speed, efficiency, and agile application development, enterprises need to be able to publish their internal APIs in a searchable catalog. They need all the capabilities of an external API portal but combined with the kind of security controls and visibility restrictions often required for internal scenarios.

Modeled on open API developer communities but adapted for the enterprise, the API catalog features a feature-rich internal developer portal. Services can be imported directly into the API catalog from existing repositories. From the portal, developers can engage with one another, learn about available APIs, make agreements to use them, and integrate them into the application development lifecycle (ALM.)


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