Successful implementation requires a structured approach
The IBM SOA Governance lifecycle expands the governance layer of the IBM SOA Foundation into manageable components.
Actions needed to establish, maintain and enhance an effective SOA Governance framework are depicted as a lifecycle consisting of four phases: plan, define, enable, and measure.
Plan - establish the governance need
During the planning phase of building an SOA Governance framework, you focus on understanding the overall scope of the governance need within your organization and identify areas for improved governance.
Most of these activities are people-centric and focus on extensive collaboration. Think of this as the step in the lifecycle where the team defines “the problem to address”.
This phase includes:
Define - design the governance approach
Once the opportunities for improved governance are identified, business and IT professionals work together to define and modify the current governance arrangements and mechanisms. For example, new approaches to creating policies should be agreed on at this time.
Other important governance decisions made during this phase include:
Enable - put the governance model into action
Solutions to the governance need are then put into action during this phase. Common activities would include:
Measure - monitor and manage the governance processes
Governance arrangements and mechanisms that were identified in the Define phase and deployed in the Enable phase are monitored.
This provides the opportunity to evaluate the results and if needed, initiate a new cycle of these 4 phases to refine and enhance its governance effectiveness.
Actions in this phase include: