Though it seems like a long time ago now that we’ve had our first snow in Boston, it was just two weeks ago at Axway’s “Connections” event in scorching Arizona where I saw Kevin Kohut present Accenture’s API Maturity Model.
Kevin gave a very entertaining and insightful talk where he rounded on the common SOAP/REST debate, saying that “It’s not about REST vs SOAP, but about API-driven vs SOA-driven” (kicking off a discussion on Twitter).
He also talked about what it means to be API First. He explained that “API First” means that:
- The API is the contract, and;
- APIs are a product
In the world of SOA, it would have been unusual to find a “product owner” for a Web Service. But in the world of APIs, it is valuable to treat APIs like products in themselves, with owners. This advice from Kevin resonated with many of the API practitioners present at Axway Connections.
One of the most memorable parts of Kevin’s talk was about how APIs are like Chipotle while SOA was like Taco Bell. You’ll have to come along to his talk at the API Workshop in Dallas on the morning of Nov 14 to find out how . We’ll also be covering API scenarios such as OAuth SSO for Office365 APIs, Google SSO, mobile access via Angular.js, and integration with the SalesForce API.
(Originally posted in slightly different form at soatothecloud.com.)