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Build your SOA Governance transition plan

New guide provides a fast start to effective governance

When an organization implements SOA, business and IT teams naturally converge through the activity of establishing effective SOA Governance. From a business point of view, SOA Governance covers the people, processes and technologies involved in the entire SOA life cycle. From an IT perspective, SOA Governance covers connectivity and reuse. To achieve the promise-of-value of SOA for service reuse and improved business agility, companies need to align business strategy with IT projects, and they can do this by having all parties collaborate closely to establish SOA Governance.

To be effective in delivering the benefits of SOA, SOA Governance needs to be in place from the beginning of the initial SOA implementation. A governance model specifies the processes, policies, controls and governance mechanisms that are required to monitor the SOA. It also provides the organizational structure and defines the roles and responsibilities that are needed to operate the governance model.

Moving from today to SOA, an organization can start down a path to success by creating a transition plan that helps to match the right level of governance to the level of SOA being implemented. IBM has created and implemented SOA Governance transition plans while working with a number of business clients as they embark on SOA projects. Based on this work, IBM SOA experts have documented in a new paper the elements you need to build your own transition plan. As you get started, read “Developing an SOA Governance Transition Plan” (PDF,158KB) and use it as your guide.

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