Simplifying SOA, Start to Finish

Loraine Lawson

SOA is intimidating.

While more companies say they are planing or starting SOA projects, there are still few companies with actual experience, particularly when it comes to enterprise-wide implementations.

That's why it's so nice to read something that will actually simplify SOA. This week, ebizQ published not one, but two such articles. "Improving Processes With Automated SOA Governance" explains how you can reduce problems and make your SOA implementation easier through governance. It turns out there are numerous points where you can automate SOA governance, including:

  • Configurations of new security and management services,
  • Compliance checks on new or modified services,
  • Policy sharing, and
  • Detecting of relationships between services and systems within the architecture.

The writer also mentions a few specific solutions -- all from the same vendor -- that can help you with automating SOA governance.


If SOA is still in the beginning stages at your organization, you'll want to read "Passport to SOA." This piece outlines common cultural barriers to SOA. By "cultural," the writer means corporate culture and industry-specific culture, as well as national culture. She shares how you can use these cultural issues to help promote, explain and trouble-shoot for SOA implementations.


To give you a concrete idea of what she means by cultural issues, the writer discusses how some organizations are risk-averse, while others are ready to jump head-first into SOA. Each culture can have successful SOA adoptions, but you'll need to use different implementation tactics. For instance, if you're in a risk-averse company, you should focus on creating successful small pilots and stressing the evolutionary nature of SOA. With the over-eager organization, you'll need to slow everybody down, get both IT and business working together, and then stress the importance of creating an implementation strategy.

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