In This Chapter
Implementing governance by the people, for the people
Figuring out IT governance
Getting ready for SOA governance
Although many organizations are starting to understand that service oriented architectures have the potential to transform the value of their IT assets, the ability to make SOA work comes down to governance. In a broad sense, governance comprises implementing a consistent process of checks and balances to ensure that expected results happen. In the case of SOA, we’re talking about keeping checks and balances between business and IT, between the business and government regulations, and between service and performance. Governance applies to human processes as well as software processes, and the consequences of failure are high.
The overarching principle behind governance is trust. All parties involved (the line of business managers, IT managers, software developers, business partners, and suppliers) must be able to trust that each party will execute its function to make the whole organization work according to established laws. Without governance, your SOA implementation will be a wild, untamed frontier. That isn’t a very comforting thought, is it? In this chapter, we give you the lowdown on SOA governance as well as how it can help IT and business protect itself in a more proactive way.
Understanding SOA Governance
As we mention, in a nutshell, governance is defined by the organizing principles and rules that ...