Today, I’m going to take a look at SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) from a different angle that is often overlooked. SOA governance is sometimes an after thought, though critical to the enterprise.
SOA governance is best defined by Anne Thomas Manes as: “The processes that an enterprise puts in place to ensure that things are done … in accordance with best practices, architectural principles, government regulations, laws, and other determining factors. SOA governance refers to the processes used to govern adoption and implementation of SOA.”
One of the risks that emerge as more and more applications become integrated is the spreading of bad data (e.g. invalid, incomplete, etc.). Misinformation and bad data constantly challenge organizations today. Engaging in SOA activities without consideration for governance is like opening up a four lane highway with no cops to patrol it. Controlling life cycles and versioning, governing people, policies, design-time, run-time and processes to establish and maintain desired behavior are examples of SOA governance. Continue reading