SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility

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by William A. Brown, Robert Laird, Clive Gee, Tilak Mitra.

Published: 19 Dec 2008
ISBN: 978-0-13-714746-5

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The authors illuminate the unique issues associated with applying IT governance to a services model, including the challenges of compliance auditing when service behavior is inherently unpredictable. They also show why services governance requires a more organizational, business-centric focus than “conventional” IT governance.

Coverage includes

    • Understanding the problems SOA governance needs to solve
    • Establishing and governing service production lines that automate SOA development activities
    • Identifying reusable elements of your existing IT governance model and prioritizing improvements 
    • Establishing SOA authority chains, roles, responsibilities, policies, standards, mechanisms, procedures, and metrics
    • Implementing service versioning and granularity
    • Refining SOA governance frameworks to maintain their vitality as business and IT strategies change


Robert Laird, IT architect in IBM's SOA Advanced Technologies group, presents a 3-part audio podcast series explaining concepts from his just-published book Executing SOA.

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