Akana used to be known as SOA software. So why does an existing vendor with market awareness change its name?

Well, unfortunately for SOA software, the acronym SOA is seen as very much an old-school approach towards technology. SOA stands for service-oriented architecture and refers to an architectural pattern in software design in which application components provide services to other components via a communications protocol, typically over a network. Unfortunately, SOA was developed before the rise of easily created and consumed APIs (application programming interfaces…sorry for all the acronyms). APIs have pretty much rendered SOA obsolete, and that means SOA Software was a wholly unsatisfactory name for the company.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.