- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137147465
- ISBN-13: 978-0137147465
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From the Back Cover
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 solveEstablishing and governing service production lines that automate SOA development activitiesIdentifying 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 granularityRefining SOA governance frameworks to maintain their vitality as business and IT strategies changeIntroduction: 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 Index
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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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 ([...])
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.
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
Well worth the money. You will not be disappointed to own one.
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.
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
Most recent customer reviews
I think that it contributes to understanding of governance in general and not only to SOA.