SOA Governance Best Practices

Integrated SOA Governance promotes the core SOA governance best practices of:

Governance Automation

Governance Automation ensures scalability of enterprise processes implementing a lifecycle management workflow to implement development approval processes, integrated provisioning and lifecycle management, and inter-departmental contract management and negotiation.

Uniform Policy Management

Uniform Policy Management ensures consistent policy definition, implementation, enforcement, validation, and audit through all stages of the lifecycle, and across all distributed and mainframe platforms.  It ensures that services can be leveraged as first-class citizens throughout an enterprise SOA by complying with enterprise policies that are uniform across all platforms.

Metadata Federation

Metadata Federation provides seamless, heterogeneous SOA Governance and standards-based support for governance automation (UDDIv3, WS-MEX, WS-Policy) to ensure that governance processes are uniformly applied across all platform investments. When metadata is federated and consistent across multiple governance platforms, the business value of service (cost, usage, production issues) becomes visible and measurable across the enterprise service lifecycle.

Service Virtualization

Service Virtualization provides location-transparency, service mobility, impedance tolerance and reliable service delivery without requiring a re-platforming of existing platforms or introducing yet another service platform to support the required solution architecture.

Trust and Management Mediation

Trust and Management Mediation ensures interoperability across disparate partners and platforms, trust enablement and trust mediation complementing threat prevention systems.  It provides provide last-mile security, metric collection and reporting, SLA monitoring and management, to ensure that services are governed, managed, and secured, and policy implementation and mediation to allow consumers to communicate with a wide range of mission critical business services exposed from any platform.

Continuous Compliance and Validation

Continuous Compliance and Validation ensures consistent policy implementation and enforcement across all stages of the lifecycle, preserving the fidelity of the governance models, structures and mechanisms supporting enterprise SOA programs and ensure the relevance, applicability and suitability of services.

Change Impact Mitigation

Change Impact Mitigation provides change management and impact analysis processes integrated with the governance workflow to ensure that changes to services or other assets don’t cause major outages by breaking the consumption model.

Consumer Contract Provisioning

Consumer Contract Provisioning provides offer, request, negotiation and approval workflows for service access, capacity, SLA and policy contracts.  It ensures that the service provides know which applications and users are consuming their services and allows them to treat different consumers with different priorities and service levels.