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SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility 1st Edition

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Address the #1 Success Factor in SOA Implementations: Effective, Business-Driven Governance


Inadequate governance might be the most widespread root cause of SOA failure. In SOA Governance, a team of IBM's leading SOA governance experts share hard-won best practices for governing IT in any service-oriented environment.


The authors begin by introducing a comprehensive SOA governance model that has worked in the field. They define what must be governed, identify key stakeholders, and review the relationship of SOA governance to existing governance bodies as well as governance frameworks like COBIT. Next, they walk you through SOA governance assessment and planning, identifying and fixing gaps, setting goals and objectives, and establishing workable roadmaps and governance deliverables. Finally, the authors detail the build-out of the SOA governance model with a case study.


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

Introduction:A Services Approach  

Chapter 1:Introduction to Governance   

Chapter 2:SOA Governance Assessment and Planning

Chapter 3:Building the Service Factory  

Chapter 4:Governing the Service Factory    

Chapter 5:Implementing the SOA Governance Model   

Chapter 6:Managing the Service Lifecycle    

Chapter 7:Governance Vitality     

Chapter 8:SOA Governance Case Study    

Appendix A:Glossary    

Appendix B:References    


About the Author

William A. Brown is a Master Sr. Certified Executive IT Architect with IBM Global Business Services, Enterprise Architecture & Technology Center of Excellence, and the SOA Center of Excellence. He is the SOA Governance SGMM global lead and the lead author of IBM’s SOA Governance and Management Method (SGMM), SOA CoE Offering, white papers, presentation, and technique papers on SOA governance. Mr. Brown specializes in SOA governance and enterprise architecture, about which he continues to write articles, provide education, mentor, teach, present, develop assets, and deliver solutions to customers worldwide.

Robert G. Laird is an architect with IBM in the SOA Advanced Technologies group, performing worldwide consulting for IBM customers in the area of SOA governance, SOA architecture, and telco architecture. He has previously coauthored Executing SOA for Pearson Publishing, and has also written white papers and articles on SOA and SOA governance. He has more than 30 years of industry and consulting experience. Bob worked at MCI (a U.S. telco) as the chief architect, where he led the Enterprise Architecture group and the creation of an SOA-based single-stack strategy for multiple legacy applications and networks, and led automation projects in network management, provisioning, and restoration. He also consulted nationally for American Management Systems.

Clive Gee, Ph.D., one of IBM’s most experienced SOA governance practitioners, recently retired from his post as an Executive Consultant in the SOA Advanced Technologies group. He has worked in IT for more than 30 years, during the last few of which he led many SOA implementation and governance engagements for major clients all around the world, helping them to cope with the complexities of successfully transitioning to SOA. He now lives in Shetland, United Kingdom, but travels widely and does freelance consulting, especially in the area of SOA governance.

Tilak Mitra is a Senior Certified Executive IT Architect with IBM Global Business Services working very closely with the worldwide SOA Center of Excellence group in IBM. He specializes in SOAs, helping IBM in its business strategy and direction, fostering the maturity of SOA in the company. He also works as an SOA subject matter expert and architect, helping clients in their SOA-based business transformation, with a focus on complex and large-scale enterprise architectures. His current focus is on building SOA solutions for the chemicals and petroleum industry to optimize oil drilling and refinery processes. He has coauthored Executing SOA for Pearson Publishing, and has written several white papers and articles on SOA and SOA governance. He is a contributing editor of the Java Developers Journal (JDJ).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137147465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137147465
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great reference for large scale organizations that need a handy reference to the various possible processes and artifacts that could comprise an extensive SOA Governance process.

This book will save you a lot of money by reducing (or eliminating) the need to hire expensive SOA consultants to guide you through the mechanics of organizing and structuring a SOA Governance process.

As you read the book, keep in mind that the authors recognize and point out that this isn't a one-size-fits-all. Indeed, they recognize that smaller organizations may need to scale down the processes to suit their environment.

Governance is a complex topic, so I also agree with another reviewer's comment that the reader will benefit greatly by reading other Governance books (such as Todd Biske's) to supplement their views and perspectives on different approaches.

A gentle criticism:

The book seems to focus primarily on manual processes and identifying Governance artifacts to be produced - but gives scant attention to the techniques and mechanics of automating Governance checks that can be performed via Design-Time and Run-Time policy enforcement. This would be an excellent area to expand on in a future revision of the book - and would be an excellent way of supporting the goal of "Agility" referenced in the title.
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William Brown, Robert Laird, Clive Gee, and Tilak Mitra have written the most authoritative book I've found on SOA Governance. They are highly experienced professionals who have put the guidance in "SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility" into practice on many real-world projects with great success. The book they've written provides comprehensive coverage for all aspects of SOA Governance including its context with respect to business agility and benefits, corporate and IT governance, and related IT disciplines.
Most importantly, the authors define the business rationale for applying SOA Governance and the benefits that can be realized. The authors discuss meaningful metrics and measurements tied to the business and its operating model. They demonstrate methods for defining business-aligned metrics and measurements as well as how to use these to gauge governance progress, effectiveness, and maturity.
Mr. Brown, with whom I worked and under whom I studied SOA Governance while at IBM, and his fellow authors filled this book with guidance that really works. Serious professionals in the IT department will want keep this book close at hand.
__Joseph Starwood ([...])
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This is a fairly comprehensive view on the topic of SOA Governance.

I reccommend that Architects embarking on SOA get several books on the topic to guide them on their way, of course my free ebook, "SOA Adoption for Dummies" (google it), as well as Todd Biske's book are handy references.

It's important to have a variety of perspectives because each case is different. The SOA Adoption community is a fairly small and tightly knit group, so you can always reach out to book authors and get their advice directly as well.

I would say this is probably the book that takes the "large scale" approach to Governance. It takes a strong human-factors approach which I appreciate greatly, and it's well organized and thoughtful. Some of the methods described in this book might not be a fit for all organizations, but like I said, before embarking on a programmatic effort like SOA, please read several appropriate books, this being one of them

Happy SOA-ing,
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I strongly recommend this book for senior IT management, SOA architects and anyone interested in how to make an SOA project a success. The principles read like they were directly from the SOA projects I've worked on in the past, what works and what doesn't. The sections on IT organization in the beginning are the best I've ever seen. The service governance sections are also the best, essential for anyone developing design time governance standards. The service examples are an absolute must read for anyone desiring how to learn to define services and their granularity. I couldn't have written much better myself :)

Overall, I commend the authors and IBM for providing such an invaluable book for the progressive IT organization - fail to read at the peril of not delivering ROI on your SOA projects, delivering on-time and within budget. I've sent recommendations to all involved.
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"SOA Governance" is the first book I know that approaches SOA Governance in a serious way. Like many other SOA terms, "SOA governance" has become a buzz word and is misused and misinterpreted many times.
The writers of "SOA Governance" solve this problem by firstly giving a right definition of SOA and SOA principles and by then defining "Governance". The book constantly bridges what happens in the organization and in the business to what has to be done in relationship to SOA and therefore helps enormously to implement and safeguard the purpose and benefits of SOA: achieving business agility by means of IT.

Apart from helping to establish SOA governance the book also helps to better understand SOA by explaining important concepts within service orientation like "services", "reusability" and "service contract".

Bob Schat, CSC
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