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Executive Summary

As SOA becomes a new way of implementing applications, organizations need a way to manage the assets (especially reusable services) developed as part of their SOA activities, to permit the use of these assets to be maximized and insure the results the enterprise envisions. This might include decision rights, measurement, policy and control mechanisms, all placed around the services lifecycle.

In this White Paper, we look at how SOA Governance is being used by firms who are moving to SOA to enable solutions to their business problems. It will quickly emerge that regardless of the industry, the issues are similar:

How do you get to SOA? journey?

And do you actually arrive at a destination – or is it an ongoing

  • When do you insert Governance into the SOA equation: at the beginning or later on?

  • Who’s in charge of issues like Governance which affect multiple business groups – and who

pays for them?

What advice can we give enterprises about SOA and SOA Governance to help them have the best possible experience and, more important, the best possible results?

In this White Paper, you will find the experiences of five firms. Three of them are based on actual firms, in the process of implementing SOA. Two are synthetic case studies, based on multiple experiences, designed to better describe SOA experiences in combinations that have not yet occurred.


Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) is a new way of thinking about, planning for, and implementing applications. It allows business strategists and IT professionals to together assess how their IT infrastructure supports their business today and to plan and implement a business infrastructure, over time, which will more flexibly, more quickly, and more dynamically support their business as it adapts and grows.

SOA supports integrating your business as linked, repeatable business tasks or services. Reacting to change or creating new business applications in this environment will mean connecting existing services (and perhaps creating new ones). An underlying SOA-style IT infrastructure will permit easily connecting these services to organizational information from a variety of sources. This new style of application development is much quicker and less expensive than previous forms of development and permits the business to be much responsive.

SOA Governance can be a first step into SOA or, more commonly, it can occur as an organization’s SOA projects multiple and require more management and control in order to insure reuse and consistency and avoid duplication of effort. The examples in this White Paper will offer a number of ways to approach SOA Governance in the context of a variety of SOA projects and organizations.

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