Risk mitigation through governance is not rocket surgery. Some try to make it terribly complex, but it is really rather simple. The following ten tips provide a recipe for successful enterprise and SOA governance.
Tip 1: Avoid extremes. As with so many things, balance and moderation are key. We want to avoid governance at the extremes:
Too Heavy. Governance does not need to be a draconian enforcement of rules and regulations.
Too Light. Governance does not mean adding committees.
Governance should be lean, but sufficient and provide order in a business environment.
Tip 2: Involve business stakeholders. Traditionally, IT is viewed as a dark hole into which business shovels money ("Here is some money—please keep the servers running" or "Here is some more money—I need e-mail to appear on my phone"). Effective SOA governance involves business stakeholders alongside technology subject matter experts. IT is viewed as a strategic partner to enable business, not just a cost center. Business-focused governance ensures that the SOA initiative remains grounded and focused.
Tip 3: Develop SOA champions. In order to promote a common vision for SOA and a clear understanding of the governance plan, champions must be identified and empowered to educate and motivate the organization.
How do you identify good candidates for the role of SOA champion?
Energetic, persuasive change agents
Visionaries that understand the current environment and how to move the organization ...