This document describes a framework that provides context and definitions to enable organizations to understand and deploy SOA governance.
This document defines:
Governance, including its relationship between Business, IT, and EA
governance; this assists organizations in understanding the impact that
the introduction of SOA into an organization has on governance
SOA Governance Reference Model (SGRM) and its constituent parts, which
assists organizations in specifying their appropriate governance
regimes; and capturing best practice as a basis for a common approach
SOA Governance Vitality Method (SGVM) which assists organizations in
customizing the SGRM and realizing their SOA Governance Regimen
document is not intended to be used as provided; it is intended to be
customized to create appropriate SOA governance for the organization.
Many of the lists are non-normative and exemplary and intended to be
filtered and as input to the customization process.
does not include an explanation of the fundamentals and value of SOA
which is important for being able to understand and apply SOA
governance. Many other specifications and books, some of which are
referenced, are available on SOA basics.
companies have adopted Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) as an
approach to architecture to assist in closing the business and IT gap by
delivering the appropriate business functionality in a timely and
efficient manner. For more details on this, refer to available books and
standards on SOA (see Referenced Documents).
companies that have approached SOA via a pilot project have not been
seeing the same demonstrated SOA benefits once they have deployed a
fully-fledged SOA project. While pilot projects achieved a level of
re-use, they have tended to be within one division, but as soon as a
project boundary crosses multiple divisions, new challenges are
One of the key disciplines to assist in addressing
these challenges is governance. Whilst governance has been around a long
time, SOA has heightened the need and importance of having a formal SOA
Governance Regimen that sets expectations and eases the transition of
an organization to SOA by providing a means to reduce risk, maintain
business alignment, and show business value of SOA investments through a
combination of people, process, and technology. The role of the SOA
Governance Regimen is to create a consistent approach across processes,
standards, policies, and guidelines while putting compliance mechanisms
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