Get Serious About SOA Governance:
A Five-Step Action Plan for Architects
Whether your organization s service-oriented architecture (SOA) has 50 services
being used by one customer, or 50 customers using one service, you need SOA
governance; increased business agility depends on it. SOA governance provides the
ability to quickly and continuously translate and transmit business strategy and
requirements into the processes, policies, and controls that will guide the evolution
of your infrastructure and your enterprise.
Failure to provide effective SOA governance exposes your organization to serious
risks resulting from
" Insufficient adoption of services
" Fragmented approaches to SOA
" Resources wasted on services that can t be reused
" Rampant and redundant service creation across siloed SOA initiatives
" Ineffective communication of priorities and best practices
" Cultural resistance to change
For any organization that has adopted SOA as its primary approach to enterprise
architecture, governance becomes the conduit that connects and aligns corporate,
IT, and business unit objectives. For these organizations, effective governance
ensures that communication, collaboration, and the two-way flow of information
keep SOA initiatives and investments inextricably connected to the enterprise to
deliver sustainable business value.
Effective governance ensures that
communication, collaboration, and the
two-way flow of information keep SOA
initiatives and investments inextricably
connected to the enterprise to deliver
sustainable business value.
Critical Role of the Architect
The success of a governance initiative rests on the shoulders of the architect, and
you ll need to play several roles, including strategist, communicator, and enforcer.
This white paper describes five key practices to take into consideration as you help
your organization achieve SOA success. There s more to SOA governance than
these five practices, but they provide a solid foundation upon which to grow and
extend your SOA capabilities.
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