SOA governance and implementation guide

This guide defines service-oriented architecture (SOA) while explaining the significance of SOA governance and the roles solutions providers play in successful implementation and data standardization practices.

Being knowledgeable about service-oriented architecture (SOA) will help you provide a higher quality of systems development and integration services to your customers. This SOA governance and implementation guide provides tips, chapter excerpts, a study guide and tutorials that describe the key areas of SOA that solutions providers should know about. Learn about the challenges facing value-added resellers (VARs) and their customers,...

and discover how SOA can resolve those issues. Find out about SOA best practices and the top ways to maximize revenue. You'll also get a better understanding of how SOA fits into the IT infrastructure.


What are the basics of SOA?
SOA governance 
The importance of SOA to solutions providers
SOA implementation and data standardization
More resources on SOA governance and implementation

What are the basics of SOA?
Knowing what service-oriented architecture is and the benefits it can provide for your customers is the first step toward winning SOA implementation projects. Once you fully understand the fundamental principles and concepts, persuading customers to go the SOA route becomes much easier. These learning materials, including a study guide, chapter excerpts and a tutorial, explain how SOA is valuable to solutions providers, their customers and even small software developers.

Service-oriented architecture study guide
Use this service-oriented architecture study guide to test your knowledge of basic SOA terminology, best practices, standards, advantages and disadvantages. Take the quiz that covers the key areas in which SOA should be practiced -- SOA governance and management. Also featured in this study guide are a number of SOA tutorials, chapter excerpts and articles that will be valuable during implementation.

Service-oriented analysis and service modeling
The collaborative relationship between business analysts and architects is unclear at times, but this chapter excerpt shows how the relationship works and how it changes with each different SOA project. Learn why service-oriented analysis and service modeling is important, how the service-oriented platform works, why service models are used and how Web services fit into SOA.

SOA governance
These questions and answers about SOA governance delve into the definition and other aspects of governance. There are challenges involved in SOA governance, such as ensuring that industry standards are met and dealing with heterogeneous environments, and the experts in these resources give the best practices for dealing with these concerns. Find out why focusing on end-to-end processes, interoperability and SOA adoption is crucial to governance in your customers' organizations.

SOA governance tutorial
SOA governance is a broad concept that's divided into two main segments -- design governance and runtime governance. To make design and runtime governance more effective, solutions providers need to know about policy management. This SOA governance tutorial features a detailed description of SOA governance, gives tips on implementing it and offers examples of SOA governance implementation strategies.

SOA development governance simplified by centralized policy management
The use of the SOA lifecycle governance tool is simplified by new features, such as auto-correct policy compliance and centralized policy management. These additions make the governing process easier for solutions providers and VARs. See how centralized policy management is a boon to your customers' systems.

How governance and quality define SOA maturity
This interview explains how governance and quality define a mature SOA environment. You'll also learn about the role governance plays in advanced SOA practices and how to deal with the challenge of heterogeneous environments. There are several different services within SOA that can be confusing, but this expert helps you gain a greater understanding by looking at emerging areas in SOA.

The importance of SOA to solutions providers
Solutions providers have become very important players in the service-oriented architecture market. These articles explain how applications have shaped SOA and the ways that SOA saves your customers' money. Although it can be a difficult concept to explain to customers, the resources in this section outline the points that you should present to demonstrate the value that SOA brings to your customer's business.

Why should solutions providers pay attention to SOA?
Why is SOA so appealing?? Solutions providers should pay attention to SOA because, with the availability of internal applications, customizing applications for each customer is no longer necessary. SOA also creates efficiencies in writing software -- it's only written once instead of numerous times for clients, which helps in spreading the cost among those users.

The benefits of SOA for solutions providers
The expert in this interview describes SOA as a collection of open standards that are proven to be beneficial to solutions providers as the bridge between IT and business continues to bring them closer together. Solutions providers need to pay attention to SOA because its evolution has helped to fuse organizational gaps, and its role in the channel is geared toward VARs that are creating and delivering their own new services to the market.

SOA implementation and data standardization
SOA implementation and data standardization are two processes that solutions providers don't always take advantage of. Implementation requires basic SOA skills, familiarity with the infrastructure and enterprise applications. Take a look at why Service Data Objects (SDO) are your best option when trying to ensure data standardization for your customers.

Three steps to SOA implementation revenue
You know that SOA is vital to solutions providers, but how exactly can they take advantage of it, and what do they need to focus on? A solutions provider needs to develop fundamental SOA skills that are crucial to implementation. They also must become familiar with SOA infrastructure and tools, as well as enterprise applications. Solutions providers should follow these three steps to SOA implementation revenue to ensure they provide their customers with the best possible return on investment.

SOA Source Book delivers step-by-step implementation guidelines
The Open Group, a vendor-and technology-neutral consortium focused on open standards and global interoperability, has released the first edition of The SOA Source Book. It lists best practices for implementing SOA based on The Open Group Architecture Framework. The book also gives advice for overcoming common challenges, such as choosing the right way to implement SOA based on the enterprise culture; demonstrating return on investment; winning SOA funding; and putting together costing models.


More resources on SOA governance and implementation

An implementer's guide to service-oriented architecture
Understanding service-oriented architecture
What is service-oriented architecture?
SOA Center

This was first published in October 2009

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