Structuring SOA Governance

Structuring SOA Governance

Michael Niemann (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany), André Miede (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany), Wolfgang Johannsen (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany), Nicolas Repp (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany) and Ralf Steinmetz (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1779-7.ch004
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Abstract

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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