SOAP vs REST…and do we care?

The short answer is, yes we do! But how to explain the advantages of REST to a fashion industry more interested in their Black Friday sales figures? Let’s give it a try, here goes.

When transferring data, it’s important that i.LEVEL lets our fashion brand clients transfer data using their existing IT infrastructure. In the past we have used SOAP which is an industry standard protocol (designed initially by Microsoft) that allows for easy exchange of structured information and data between computer networks.

But things have moved on. More and more clients are using REST as their standard data transfer protocol.

So what’s the difference?

SOAP is a functionally oriented protocol. It’s like Ronseal, it does exactly what is says on the tin. But in that same way it’s limited. It just does what it does.

REST on the other hand, is far more flexible. It’s an open API protocol used by the likes of Shopify, BigCommerce, Xero, etc, and it allows users to have far more control over the data they transfer and how they want it to be presented.

It empowers users to control the structure of the data, add or delete fields, and customise the reporting structure. In short, it allows client brands to harness their own data in the ways in which they need to.

For that reason, i.LEVEL has created its own REST API (here is the link for the technical spec and instructions). It is not automatically enabled and comes as an add-on to your i.LEVEL system.

We feel that our REST API will prove to be extremely useful for some of our fashion brand clients wishing to develop a greater level of flexibility within their i.LEVEL system.

If you’re interested to find out more, contact us at or call 01234 761 757. We’d be only too pleased to explain the above in more detail to help you get even more out of your i.LEVEL system.

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