The rise of smartphones has led businesses to develop corporate mobile apps. In turn, app developers are seeking access to enterprise systems. This is a good thing. Businesses can find myriad new channels and alliances through connection with the sprawling mobile app ecosystem. However, provisioning access to mobile apps can be a challenge in terms of security and performance.
RESTful APIs are the lingua franca of the new mobile app, but few enterprise systems are configured to support these interfaces. The good news for architects is that API Management solutions can easily deliver RESTful APIs from existing SOAP web services.
This paper discusses a proven approach for extending SOAP services for mobile app consumption with RESTful interfaces. This SOAP-to-REST architecture relies on the workings of a complete API lifecycle management solution.