My answer is, "In a world without governance..."
I'll let you check out the article to find out what service governance is. The points I'd like to drive home are:
- Governance helps you avoid situations where no one takes responsibility, which is death for SOA
- Governance is more of a political problem than a technological one; technology cannot define the policies, but it can help enforce them
- Governance can be a rhetorical hand grenade that brings otherwise productive SOA dialogs to a halt, so approach it judiciously
For previous columns, see What's the best software to implement as a service?