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Service Control Gateway

I'm back from a week in London, where one of the highlights was Gartner AADI. This year, I had the privilege of presenting alongside Oliver Cronk from Three UK, and our talk was entitled "How APIs are driving Digital Transformation at Three". A key part of that digital transformation is the role of the Service Control Gateway pattern.

In the morning before our talk, Gartner's Anne Thomas explained how the "Service Control Gateway" pattern applies SDA (Software Defined Architecture) to Application Services, creating SDAS (Software-Defined Application Services). Anne's session was full to capacity, indicating the level of interest in this area. In the photo below, we see the role of the Service Control Gateway, in between consumers and application services. On the right of the photo, you can see the capabilities provided by the Service Control Gateway. Coming from an API Management vendor, I could not help noticing that these closely align to an API Gateway



In our session, Oliver Cronk showed this pattern in action at Three. Here you can see the Service Control Gateway in between consumers (including, for example, ATMs for mobile topups) and underlying infrastructure such as an ESB.


Overall, this was a great conference. The highlight was the recognition of the role of the Service Control Gateway, and it was fantastic to be a part of telling the story of how an innovative organization such as Three UK has been at the forefront of taking advantage of this new pattern.

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.