Enterprise SOA Governance

On Site - 1 Day
Via Virtual Classroom - 7 Hours of Content Typically Presented in 2 to 3 sessions
Overview and Objective
Service Oversight, Decision Making, Policy Setting, Administration and Stewardship
This one-day seminar shows you how to do SOA right. You will learn how to design, build and operate an effective governance framework for creating, communicating and enforcing corporate web service policies throughout the enterprise SOA.
Will you govern your SOA, or will your SOA govern you?
A SOA governance program doesn’t make operational decisions. SOA governance sets policies by deciding what decisions must be made, who should make them and how to make them. In a shared services environment like an enterprise SOA, no governance or dysfunctional governance, or even a bad governance policy, can have severe and negative impacts across the enterprise.
This governance seminar focuses on showing you how to create the processes and policies that establish and manage shared web services. As organizations start to employ web services via an enterprise SOA, they move from “silo to shared.” Ownership of the underlying business process transfers from a single business area and “externalizes” into an enterprise responsibility. SOA governance directs and coordinates the processes needed to accept and exercise the responsibility for shared Web Services on behalf of all of the stake-holders.
What makes SOA governance so critical?
SOA governance provides the core guidance and support framework that directs the use of both the SOA itself and the business applications that deploy on the SOA. Like any strategy for managing enterprise-scale business processes and initiatives, SOA governance demands a balanced approach to a set of complex interdisciplinary components.
This seminar introduces and explains the key technology, methodology and sociology components utilized throughout the SOA lifecycle, including:
  • Technology: Registry, Repository, WS-* protocols, ESB & other policy execution patterns
  • Methodology
    - Web Service Identification, Analysis, Construction, Testing, Extension/Enhancement
    - Decision Making, Policy Creation, Management, Administration & Enforcement
    - Service Monitoring, Measurement, Management, Administration
  • Sociology
    - Organization: Board of Governors, Stewards/Managers/Administrators
    - Culture & Politics: Shared Authority & Control, Collaboration, Conflict Resolution
Enterprise SOA Governance is available in two versions:
  • Standard one-day seminar… private or public
  • Tailored 2-3 day private workshop that includes the standard seminar content, plus extended solution sessions throughout the course that will jump-start your SOA Governance program
Need an introduction to SOA? Consider attending PESG’s Understanding and Applying SOA seminar. This SOA literacy seminar provides a comprehensive and independent overview of SOA, covering foundation concepts and facilities, as well as implementation strategies and issues.
What You Will Learn
How SOA governance empowers Enterprise SOA …
  • How do you create shared service chains of responsibility, authority & communication?
  • What governance decisions do you need to make to automate policies and business rules? 
  • How do you manage shared service measurement, policy and control mechanisms?
  • How does governance enable SOA by managing each aspect of the SOA life-cycle?
How SOA governance helps to answer critical Web service sharing questions…
  • What services are available?
  • Who can use them?
  • What’s their reliability?
  • How do you add a new feature?
  • What happens if the service changes?
  • What if you need the service to work differently than other service users?
How SOA governance provides a framework for deploying reusable shared services…
  • Who pays for the design, development and maintenance of shared Web services?
  • How can you implement effective reuse?
  • How can you achieve agreement on service functionality & avoid custom service silos?
  • How can you get all stakeholders to work together, or at least not contradict each other?
  • How do you negotiate shared service SLAs?
How SOA governance impacts organization structure and culture…
  • How do you evolve from “silo to shared”?
  • What organization bodies do you need to govern cross-function business processes?
  • What does it take to create and manage a SOA Center of Excellence (COE) stewardship?
  • How does organizing for SOA impact traditional IT roles and structures?
How SOA governance technologies provide an interoperability infrastructure…
  • What’s the value of creating and communicating a reference architecture for your SOAs?
  • What are the key WS-* governance protocols and how can you implement them?
  • How do registries, repositories and directories work together throughout the SOA lifecycle?
  • How can you use WSM tools to monitor and manage your operational SOA environment?
Part 1 - The Business Case… What is SOA Governance and what do we need it to do?
  • Currency conversion case study simulation
  • SOA Governance functions and roles
    - Service responsibility, authority and decision making
    - Service stewardship, measurement and management
  • SOA Governance models… Internal and External
    - What decisions must you make?
    - What policies must you set?
    - Who will make decisions and set policy?
    - How will you make decisions and set policies?
    - How will you define and measure success?
  • What’s different about SOA Governance?
    - Nature and impact of shared Web services
    - Service life-cycle
    - Impacts of  Web service & policy change, extension and enhancement
  • SOA Governance as an Agility Strategy & Enabler… Finding the Balance
    - Process Speed: Quick & Dirty vs. Obsessive Bureaucracy
    - Policy Flexibility: Excessively Rigid vs. Overly Accommodating
  • SOA Governance Lifecycle
    - Plan… What do you need to govern?
    - Define… What approaches will you take?
    - Enable… How will you deploy structures, technical infrastructure and policies?
    - Measure… How will you monitor and manage operations and policy compliance?
  • SOA Governance Architecture
    - Methodology: Policy establishment & maintenance processes & practices
    - Sociology: Organization and culture
    - Technology: Reference Architecture, Standards, Platforms & Tools
Part 2 - Methodology… SOA Governance Processes & Practices
  • Service Definition & Design Policies
    - Business Process Examination, Modeling & Analysis
    - Candidate Identification, Scoping & Documentation
  • Service Candidate Evaluation Policies
    - Organizational Feasibility
    - Technical Feasibility
  • Service Life Cycle Policies
    - Development
    - Testing
    - Active Utilization
    - Retirement
  • Versioning Policies… Services & Policies
    - Change & Correction
    - Enhancement & Extension
    - Migration
  • Canonical Data Model Policies
    - Integrating Data between and among Requesters & Service Providers
    - Standardizing Message Payload Content & Format
  • Service Security Policies
    - Service & Operation Authorization
    - Requestor & Service Provider Identity
    - Message Encryption
Part 3 - Sociology… SOA Governance Organizations and Culture
  • Congruence with existing culture and practices
    - Corporate Governance and IT Governance
    - Governance of existing shared enterprise services… HR, Accounting and Finance
    - Service-Level Agreements (SLAs)
    - Cross-boundary arrangements… Joint projects and initiatives
    - Funding issues… Services vs. Application Projects
    - Transparency… Decision-making and policy process openness and communication
  • Partnerships
    - Service providers and service consumers
    - Business area stakeholders & IT
  • Service Governance via a Stakeholder Board of Governors
    - Membership
    - Stakeholder identification via CRUD
    - Leadership options… Internal vs. external/independent
    - Voting options… 1 person-1 vote vs. proportional representation
    - Service funding… Who pays for shared services?
    - IT participation… Does IT get a vote? Does IT get a veto?
  • Service Stewardship via a SOA Center of Excellence (COE)
    - Organizational placement options… In or outside of IT
    - Fit with existing structures… Silo vs. shared conflicts
    - Organizational challenges
    - Who pays for management and administration?
    - Staff compensation
    - Staff development and career path
Part 4 - Technology… SOA Reference Architecture, Framework, Platforms and Tools
  • Interoperability Framework… SOA Reference Architecture Standards and Protocols
    - OASIS WS-* and Other Key Initiatives
    - WS-* Policy Approach… WS-Policy, WS-Security, WS-Compensation, etc.
    - UDDI and other discovery, identification, authentication and authorization issues
    - Business Process Execution Language (BPEL)
  • Administration & Management Environment… Registries, Repositories and Directories
    - Service description and metadata creation, management and storage
    - Service discovery
    - Service policy creation, management and storage
  • Web Service Management (WSM)… Monitors, Brokers and the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
    - Workflow runtime execution
         - Orchestration, Choreography and Coordination
         - BPEL and other options
    - Workflow & service monitoring and management
         - Operational integrity reporting… Are services up & running?
         - Service usage monitoring… What requestors use which services?
         - Audit & logging… What are the service usage patterns and details?
         - SLA compliance… How well do services meet their performance goals?
         - Policy & compensation supervision… Are the rules being followed?
  • Commercial Products… Overview, Strategies and Approaches
    - Comprehensive suites embedded in J2EE Application Servers
    - The Microsoft approach
    - Independent options