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SOA initiatives have gathered momentum in the past year with more enterprises either implementing SOA or considering implementing in the near future. The implementations we studied reveal that one of the critical challenges in SOA is designing an effective governance mechanism. A good understanding of governance concepts is essential to implementing and operating a successful SOA. Reliable governance for SOA leads to a manifold increase in an enterprise's ability to achieve the goal of business agility through SOA. Defining IT Governance The IT Governance Institute defines IT governance as "a structure of relationships and processes to control the enterprise in order to achieve the enterprise's goals by adding value while balancing risk versus return over IT and its processes." Another definition by Peter Weill describes IT governance as "specifying the framework for... (more)

Best Practices and Solutions for Managing Versioning of SOA Web Services

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services are being critically considered by most organizations today in some form or another. The adoption of SOA and Web services has gained momentum after the standardization of various aspects such as security, business process coordination, transaction management, communication protocol, registration and discovery, etc. However, one notable and practical aspect of designing, implementing, and managing services has not been tackled at a specification level. This aspect is related to the management of change and interface versions. R... (more)

Towards Legacy Enablement Using SOA and Web Services

Legacy systems are a core asset at many organizations. These legacy systems have been around for decades and have a very critical impact on day to day business processes. However, owing to a variety of reasons, these legacy systems have high TCO and represent a bottleneck towards the emergence of an agile IT portfolio. In this article we'll focus on a variety of options that may be available for the seamless integration of legacy systems with an enterprise IT portfolio. We converge on legacy enablement using Web services as a viable option towards achieving an integrated, agile a... (more)

Managing Enterprise Data Complexity Using Web Services: Part 2

Enterprises are increasingly feeling the need for shorter lead time for decision making, the need to extract and present KPI (Key Performance Indicators) to management, and the need for enhanced response capability. These business needs are not in sync with the technological challenges such as the presence of heterogeneous technologies and disparate enterprise systems (e.g., ERP, SCM, CRM, etc.). This situation gets complicated with the increasing number of mergers and acquisitions resulting in the various business units within an enterprise having their own data warehouses. Addi... (more)

Managing Enterprise Data Complexity Using Web Services: Part 1

Business data is one of the most critical components of the IT portfolio of any enterprise. Most e-business applications are responsible for reading and writing business data in some form or other. Therefore, the efficient storage, retrieval, and management of the data constitute a challenging problem in all organizations. Enterprises with multiple lines of business spread over multiple geographies have critical data stored in multiple, scattered databases. In many cases, the scatter of core data is proportional to the size of the enterprise IT portfolio. Organizational growth, ... (more)