Structuring SOA Governance

Structuring SOA Governance

Michael Niemann, André Miede, Wolfgang Johannsen, Nicolas Repp, Ralf Steinmetz
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/jitbag.2010120404
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Companies’ IT Systems are confronted with constantly changing market conditions, new competitive threats and a growing number of legal regulations. The service-oriented architecture (SOA) paradigm provides a promising way to address these challenges at the level of a company’s IT infrastructure. These challenges, as well as the management of the newly introduced complexity and heterogeneity, are targeted by SOA Governance approaches. In recent years, a number of concrete frameworks for SOA Governance addressing these issues have been proposed. There is no holistic approach considering all proposed elements, consolidating them in order to form a universally applicable model. In this contribution, we motivate SOA Governance, investigate and compare different approaches, identify common concepts, and derive a generic model for governance of Service-oriented Architectures.
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1. Introduction

In recent years, governance approaches for Service-oriented Architectures (SOA) have been intensively discussed. Due to the complexity and heterogeneity of SOA systems, governance is considered crucial to successful long-time operation and control of a SOA. However, a consensus concerning a uniform approach has not been achieved yet. This article gives an overview of current proposals, and introduces a first approach to structuring SOA Governance.

The remainder of this contribution is structured as follows. After a short introduction on SOA and its characteristics as a background, we outline the motivation for SOA Governance and discuss new challenges of SOA systems concerning control and supervision. Next, we provide a comparing literature review of SOA Governance approaches, identify major common concepts, and introduce a generic governance model for SOA. A summary and outlook on future work concludes the article.

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