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How to Align Process, IT and SOA Governance to Support BPM Initiatives?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Feb 17, 2009

IBM just published the draft of a RedBook titled "Business Process Management enabled by SOA". The RedBook provides a general methodology which aims at aligning Process, IT and SOA governance to support BPM initiatives. The methodology defines a series of workstreams which are developed over a traditional project lifecycle.

Article: A Message Type Architecture for SOA

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Feb 09, 2009 28

This article proposes a new Message Type Architecture to help manage the message formats in a SOA. The approach based on two related DSLs, one for the Enterprise Data Model and one for the Message Types, promotes reuse and helps aligning the Data and SOA governance processes.

Case Study: Success with SOA at CISCO

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 30, 2009

Harvinder Kalsi, lead architect at CISCO, shared artifacts, anecdotes and tips covering their four-step maturity process, major design concerns, and SOA platform at the last SOA consortium meeting. He also spoke about SOA success factors across people, process and technology dimensions, including the importance of business participation and business ownership of processes, policies and rules.

Horizontal and Vertical SOA Governance

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 22, 2009

Rick Sweeney shares his views on getting started with SOA Governance. The problem, he explains, is how do you transform a culturally entrenched legacy process of governance based in traditional “stove-pipe” application design to a process that achieves the benefits of SOA? His answer is to adopt a “horizontal” and “vertical” governance approach.

Article: SOA Contract Maturity Model

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2009

In this article, Kjell-Sverre Jerijærvi presents with enough detail Microsoft’s SOA Maturity Model (SOAMM) which can be used to evaluate the maturity of a SOA implementation.

SOA Predictions for 2009

by Mark Little on  Dec 31, 2008 1

A number of SOA authors and analysts have been making their predictions for where SOA will be going in 2009. Common amongst them are the increasing use of small-scale bottom-up SOA developments, cloud meeting SOA (and maybe taking over some of its hype) and the adoption of open source as a way to cut costs as well as drive adoption.

Performance Reviews Banished

by Mark Levison on  Oct 30, 2008 7

In the Wall Street Journal, Sam Culbert argues that annual performance and pay reviews are at best dysfunctional. He sees their primary purpose as "intimidation aimed at preserving the boss's authority and power advantage". Jeff Sutherland, Mary Poppendieck, ... offer alterantives

Can a Spoonful of Governance help SOA?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Oct 29, 2008

Does SOA Governance means to you "visions of endless meetings and committee reviews"? Steve Stefanovich argues that "You might already practice governance and don’t even know it" and that "a reorientation and formalization of many of the things good software architects have been doing all along" might help your SOA initiative.

Implementing SOA Governance

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Oct 27, 2008 1

In this article, Todd Biske, an Enterprise Architect working for a F500 company, provides his guidance to implement a successful SOA Governance organization. He recommends a 3 step process focused on policy definition and enforcement. He also provides his perspective on the role of a SOA Center of Excellence with respect to Governance.

Mule 2.1 Enterprise and Mule Galaxy 1.5 Enterprise Released

by Dilip Krishnan on  Oct 21, 2008

MuleSource, a provider of open source service oriented architecture (SOA) infrastructure software, announced the general availability of Mule 2.1 Enterprise and Mule Galaxy 1.5.

Business Processes for SOA Governance

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Oct 16, 2008 5

Prabhakar Mynampati, an Advisory Architect at IBM, published last week an article detailing 6 SOA Governance business processes. The article includes a BPMN-like process definitions, rationales and benefits of adopting more formal approaches to SOA Governance.

HP Releases Systinet 3.0

by Dilip Krishnan on  Oct 15, 2008

HP announced the release of HP SOA Systinet 3.00, their SOA governance solution.

Results of a SOA Case Study competition show main ingredients for SOA success

by Boris Lublinsky on  Oct 06, 2008

The results of SOA case study competition, conducted by SOA Consortium and CIO magazine are showing common themes in SOA implementations. The include strengthening of business IT alliances as the main factor for implementation success and definitions of specific, confirmed by real numbers, business benefits, , as a measure of this success.

SOA Governance: Balancing Process and Agility

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Sep 30, 2008 1

Mike Kavis suggests that "Implementing SOA without a solid governance model is the equivalent to having an airport without a control tower". In his latest article, he offers some guidelines to find the right balance between process and agility.

Overcoming Obstacles in Implementing SOA

by Boris Lublinsky on  Sep 26, 2008 2

In his new article, Jonathan Mack provides a first-hand insight on meeting SOA challenges from business, technology and organizational points of view. He defines key components of successful SOA, major implementation obstacles, and the ways to overcome them.

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