In a recent post InfoWorld blogger David Linthicum poses an interesting question regarding the role of technology and tools in an effective SOA governance practice: Can SOA governance technology be distracting? In answering that question Linthicum offers this:
The real issue is how you defined SOA governance. If you define it as a systemic concept to SOA, and build it into your SOA project plan as a concept, that's fine. If you define it as technology or tools, then chances are you'll find that the early adoption of such technology is actually counterproductive.
Oracle blogger and SOA governance expert Mike Stamback, who was interviewed by Linthicum this past August, waded into the issue in a July post on his blog:
In order to ensure success of your governance efforts, and hence your SOA, a supportive organizational culture must be present. Everyone involved in the process must be aware of the business goals and objectives. Building SOA without an understanding of the business is like jumping out of a plane and then trying to learn how to open the parachute. Both end up with disastrous results. Fostering the right culture in support of the governance process greatly increases your chance for success.
Read both posts for a broad perspective on the issue:
Mike Stamback: Is Technology Important for SOA Governance?
Mike also addresses the issue as part of a panel discussion in a recent OTN TechCast.