SOA Governance

Many organizations find their adoption of service-oriented architecture (SOA) slowed by questions about who owns the business services—and who controls them.

Companies must therefore update and extend their IT governance structures to provide guidance for the architecture's unique needs if they are to achieve high performance.

Business Challenges
Since service-oriented architecture does not replace existing technologies and application systems, it requires traditional IT governance systems. However, specific aspects of service-oriented architecture make it desirable that changes should be made to traditional IT governance:
  • Impact on ownership of business functionality
    In a traditional IT environment, enterprise applications are typically owned and funded by specific business units. In a service-oriented architecture environment, new questions of ownership and accountability make IT governance much less straightforward.

  • Impact on confidentiality, privacy and compliance
    Confidential internal Web services could become exposed externally. The inherent hybrid nature of service-oriented architecture development therefore demands new levels of IT governance relating to legal, privacy and contractual issues.

  • Impact on the business/IT relationship
    Traditionally this was an arm's length alliance, but service-oriented architecture requires closer and more frequent interaction between business and IT, which in turn means each must know more about the other's world.

IT Organization for SOA
To achieve defined objectives with a service-oriented architecture strategy, organizations need to make three key changes to traditional IT governance:
  • Establish a service management program
    Service-oriented architecture requires a unique governance approach that both centralizes and decentralizes aspects of control. To make this approach work, a service management program should be added to existing IT governance structures.

  • Restructure IT for the service-oriented architecture environment
    The centralization/decentralization issue at the heart of this architecture's governance may require changes to traditional IT structures. Companies may need to create a service-oriented business architecture function and to implement new service-oriented-architecture-specific operating processes.

  • Enable a new approach to IT funding
    Funding is arguably the most contentious aspect of a new approach to IT governance. A central governance board can help by making out a service-oriented architecture business case, and by overseeing centralized funding for architecture, infrastructure and methodologies.

Our Services
We enable enterprises to develop and implement a governance model that will guide, monitor and measure enterprise SOA adoption.

Our service helps organizations to promote, guide and accelerate SOA adoption. The shared service provides strategic and technical support.
  • Building a business case for new SOA programs
  • Developing an SOA strategy and transition plan
  • Establishing technology capability, mapping capabilities to the technology landscape and defining the SOA 'future' state
  • Putting in place an SOA governance model
  • Developing and implementing solutions and frameworks
  • Defining the strategy for knowledge management
  • Implementing a comprehensive SOA Governance model covering aspects such as organization, leadership, processes, investment, polices, etc.
  • Defining SOA governance processes (reviews, exception management, etc.) to augment existing IT and/or project governance
  • Developing a model for service development
  • Evaluating and deploying a design-time SOA Governance tool (Registry)
  • Evaluating and deploying a run-time SOA Governance tool

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