KerrieH 110000JQ5R Comment (1) Visits (2423)
In a similar fashion I suggested that SOA Governance finds itself in a similar position. Although there may be a fixed set of governance processes such as compliance, communication, vitality and exceptions or appeals there remains a need to address the changes brought about to IT processes as a result of the SOA life cycle; such as the processes to be governed many of which must be modified when adopting SOA. Some of these processes are in IT financial management such as funding where we may need to make adjustments to accommodate funding for shared services. Another IT process of course is solution development where we see changes in this process to address service modeling (that is how do I identify services at the appropriate granularity) and service assembly where the sourcing of a service becomes a major activity. Of course more IT processes change than what I just mentioned but the point is that SOA Governance gives us the focus to address these changes. We also know that the concept of service owners emerges as a direct result of this discussion where service owners must have defined responsibilities as providers of services both in areas of who gets access as well as maintaining basic quality of service attributes as a provider. This requires published standards that can be shared within the enterprise and in some cases with partners ands suppliers.
So my closing remarks at the meeting was that SOA Governance provides the clarity and focus to discuss the necessary changes to existing IT processes impacted by the SOA life cycle. I also made the point the customer relationship process which focuses on the relationship and intersections between business stakeholders and IT also adjusts because of SOA Governance. I made the point, stealing from Rob High, Stephen Kindler and Steve Graham in their article; see http
So SOA Governance may not be the optimum choice of words but I cannot think of a better term that best encapsulates and describes the changes required in organizations as they embrace the SOA life cycle.