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Joe McKendrick

How to Inject Vitality into SOA Governance: Chris Harding at SOA/App Integration in Action

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SOA governance shouldn't be a humdrum, overbearing affair. There are many cases of governance bodies that try to exert too much control, thereby turning off any efforts to participate in service oriented architecture.

Instead, SOA governance should be a highly open and flexible process that can change as the business changes. That's the point raised by Dr. Chris Harding, Forum Director for SOA at The Open Group at the recent SOA & Application Integration virtual conference held here at ebizQ/TechTarget.

Chris outlined four parts of the SOA governance process that will continue to inject vitality into the whole practice. 

Planning: "Planning is about a number of things," Chris explains. "It's about understanding your current governance structures. SOA governance is not something that's in isolation. Enterprises typically have a range of governance structures, and you need to understand how SOA fits in with those. What kind of SOA are trying to achieve?"

Define: "Define your SOA governance roles and responsibilities. You need to define your artifacts. What information do people need to provide when they're rprosposing a new things? Create the tranasdtion plan how you're going to get to where you need to be -- the technology and tools and so on, and define the overall environment."

Implement: "Establish an SOA center of excellence, and find people providing the expertise and so on. And similarly, establish the SOA governance processes and obtain the appropriate tool and technology to support."

Monitor: "How is the SOA governance process working?  Evaluate and monitor. Are you, for example, getting a huge number of exceptions, claims and dispensations? If you are, maybe that's a sign. You also need to monitor and evaluate the SOA processes.... are there other new industry standards that affect the way that you do SOA? If there are, that might rethink the processes that you are using?"

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

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