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John Hawkins

John is Global CTO based in the Lightwell UK Offices. John has previously worked for IBM as an MQ strategist and architect working on next-generation cloud messaging solutions and messaging appliances. Since leaving IBM John has continued to focus on both integration and cloud technologies such as IBM PureApplication Systems, MQ and, more recently, API Management.

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API vs EDI: Complementary, Not Competitive.

By John Hawkins | Tue, Aug 02, 2016

It’s hard not to notice the up-swell of API Management in the press in recent times. If you come from an EDI background you may dismiss API Management as not being relevant. I also often hear the contrary view: that EDI is old-school and that APIs are taking over. 

I don’t believe either to be true. 

There are plenty of Qualities of Service that EDI gives in spades that API Management simply doesn’t touch and vice-versa. In this blog I’ll review those differences and show how API and EDI are complementary technologies, not competitive ones. I'll also suggest where the future lies for these two differing technologies and that, actually, the comparison isn't EDI vs API—but should be API vs Web Services.

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