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ISBN-13: 978-1847195869 ISBN-10: 1847195865

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (October 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847195865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847195869
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Approach

Follow the IT management of Advasco, a fictitious financial corporation, through their journey of implementing SOA Governance into their company. Each chapter will provide a narrative of how their efforts towards SOA adoption are faring and the obstacles that they face. The second half of each chapter explains the situations that arose for Advasco, along with the role that SOA Governance played in the scenario, either through the lack of it, or through the successful application of people, policies, and processes.

By seeing the journey made in the realistic example, you will be able to understand exactly what is involved in the process of SOA governance and be able to avoid the pitfalls that Advasco encountered along the way. With an in-depth analysis of the progress made and the tools that were used to get there, you will learn how to improve your company's efficiency and productivity using service-oriented architecture governance.

Who this book is written for?

This book is for enterprise architects, technical leaders, and senior IT managers who wish to implement SOA Governance into their companies. This book assumes that the reader has a basic familiarity with service-oriented architecture and software development lifecycle methodologies. The reader does not need detailed knowledge of web services technologies.

About the Author

Todd Biske is a Senior Enterprise Architect with Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri. He has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology, both as a corporate practitioner and as a consultant, working with companies involved with Agriculture, Atmospheric Sciences, Financial Services, Insurance, and Travel and Leisure. His interests include Service Oriented Architecture, Systems Management Technologies, Usability, and Human-Computer Interaction. He has a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a member of the SOA Consortium, is a frequent conference presenter, and writes a popular blog on strategic IT topics.

More About the Author

I am an enterprise architect at a Fortune 25 company with experience in financial services, manufacturing, and health care verticals. Since I'm not a consultant, I did not write my book to help grow a business or sell product. I wrote it to share knowledge with my peers, and hopefully help them be successful in their SOA efforts. Much of the press is dominated by consultants or vendors, and while their material can be very good, sometimes it's good to hear from someone focused on making things work as an employee.

While I don't do too much coding anymore, I am very proud to be an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science. I'm even more proud of my family and my Catholic faith, without which, I would not be where I am today. Thanks for learning more about me, and hopefully you'll find my book useful in your SOA efforts.

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First, I'll point out, it's an easy read.
David Bressler
Along the way he presents us with real life scenarios and the solutions to deal with the issues.
Michael Kavis
Writing a book on SOA Governance is risky business.
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In the IT world everybody seems to have his own understanding of governance. Todd did a good job in this book describing the experiences of a company facing the SOA era. Very well readable book with enough level of details to get a good understanding of how the tree P's within governance (People, Processes and Policies) should be treated to make SOA governance a success within an organisation.
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Great book by Todd Biske. I wrote a review of this book on my blog (Google "Mike Kavis"). In summary, Todd uses a fictional company and takes us through a multi year journey from project exception to enterprise wide success. Along the way he presents us with real life scenarios and the solutions to deal with the issues. It is remarkable that Todd can write about a topic like governance and keep us on the edge of our seats at the same time. Must read!
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Over the summer, I had the opportunity to read the first draft of my friend Todd Biske's SOA Governance book. Now that the book is available, I want to share 5 reasons why SOA practitioners and managers should read this book.

1. Todd's view of SOA Governance is outcome, rather than product, centric. Todd defines SOA Governance as "the combination of people, policies, and processes within your organization that will ensure that the desired behaviors of your strategic SOA initiative are achieved".

Examples of those desired behaviors, or outcomes, are "increasing the number of assets reused by 10% each year", "decreasing the average time to produce a solution by 10%" and/or "increasing the number of projects delivered by 10% each year".

While Todd does speak to the technology / product categories that enable SOA governance, at no point does he equate (confuse) SOA governance with the acquisition / implementation of a registry, repository, service broker or runtime monitor.

2. The management fable will resonate with any practitioner who has ever worked in corporate IT. Todd explains SOA Governance in the context of the SOA journey of a fictional corporation. The book follows Advasco's SOA advocates, implementers and adversaries from an early win, to the trials of sharing, through the mysteries of problem detection and resolution, and finally to SOA success. As the tale unfolds, Todd points out problem areas, suggests corrective action and supplies best practices.

3. The reference chapter is worth the price of the book. Even if management fables aren't your thing, you'll find Chapter 8, Establishing SOA Governance at Your Organization, to be an indispensable reference.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Bressler on November 12, 2008
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A brief background on my credentials - I'm with Progress Software, a company that provides software products to companies to help with their SOA needs (among other things). You can read more about my, and my thoughts on these topics at my blog at [...] (make sure to look at my posts, it's a team blog).

That said, I've been following Todd on twitter and a regular reader of his blog for some time. Can't say I always agree with his opinions, and was curious to see how his thoughts evolved into a book on the topic. The result, I must say taught me a few things (which is always a pleasure).

First, I'll point out, it's an easy read. He tells a story, which in addition to being easy to read, importantly makes it easy to remember. And, his story focuses on what's really important - the results. And he does this from the perspective of an IT organization. I think this is a critical perspective, because most IT organizations may speak the "business language" but few, in my experience in over 30 countries, actually deliver.

Why? Well, from this book it's a few simple take-aways:
1. Long term "product-like" ownership of IT assets, vs short-term focus on delivering IT projects
2. Communication and education is as (or more) important than enforcement
3. IT leadership and consistency through the IT organization gives IT more credibility than ever before, significantly improving the likelihood of success, and of surviving set-backs

Let's explore those key take-aways a bit more.

In Todd's fictional company, the perspective of long-term ownership vs. short-term project focus enables ownership over time, and allows Advasco (his fictional company) to build momentum around shared IT assets.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ing IVAN BUDZEL on April 21, 2009
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A brief background on my credentials - I'm with Interway , a company that provides software products to companies to help with their SOA needs (among other things).

SOA Governance book ([...]) was good introduction into governance topic and how governance is and has to be connected into Service Oriented Architecture.

Mr. Todd Biske ([...] author of the book, showed the evolution of the SOA and SAO governance on the virtual company "Advasco". He showed how the company was driven for "SOA thinking" and how and why company needed SOA governance. Having virtual actors as employees of the company we could feel the problematic when reading dialogs of them. It was very helpful while reading such dialogs, so the reader could imagine from practical perspective what is the problem and how problem should be understood and resolved. It's easy to remember the SOA governance concepts from this book because it shows life problems on virtual company "Advasco".

The governance exists always, at least some kind of, but having effective governance and understand it is the goal of this book. The book showed and explained the SOA governance from its basic. The book is much suggested when starting with SOA governance. It's suggested for all personnel who need to have feeling and understand governance from it's concept. It is not detailed technical technology overview about governance technologies. But instead it shows relations, timeframes, and aspects of SOA governance from all perspective within enterprise. Especially "Chapter 8, Establishing SOA Governance at Your Organization" is some kind of agnostic references for SOA governance regardless any vendor, technology, enterprise type.
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