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What does implicit governance look like?

Implicit governance requires several key processes to enable IT to have the visibility, trust and control they need over its dynamic services environment to enable composite and situational applications made up of services that deliver business flexibility with operational integrity. It starts by embracing governance across the service lifecycle while accommodating for the fact that certain services will become mash-able and consumption relationships less predictable and more dynamic.


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With this in mind, here are some key considerations and steps:

1. In the planning process, the business owners and enterprise architects collaborate to determine the key business services that will support the business strategy. Assuming that the business is planning to foster innovation through new in-house business processes and end-user applications but also by allowing consumers both inside and outside the organization to participate in the business collaboratively, the business owners will need to work with the enterprise architecture team to identify which services will need to be candidates for "mash-ups." This attribute then becomes a key piece of metadata in a SOA governance infrastructure that supports service discovery and consumption.

By identifying a service as mash-able, this will alert the enterprise architecture team that a unique contract type that needs to be associated with that service. This will indicate that a certain percentage of consumers will be unpredictable and possibly from outside corporate boundaries and will expect the WSYWIG contract type. Thus, the service will need to have consumer-provider relationships of both types, internal more structured contracts for back-office or planned consumption relationships and light-weight WSYWIG contracts for mash-up consumption.

2. As the frequency and instantiation of services that can be mashed-up proliferates, it is also important to equip the enterprise architecture team to auto-discover services that have the potential to be mash-able.

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