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Sunday, February 11, 2007
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Ben Moreland, the Director for Foundation Services at the The Hartford, has a great article on SOA Governance up on eBizQ.  The Hartford is an organization in the financial sector who is at the forefront of SOA adoption and implementation on the commercial side of the house.

The keys to their success have been their strong Enterprise Architecture and Governance programs. Case in point is that, in a presentation that Ben gave recently, he noted that some time ago (2-3 yrs?) The Hartford sequestered both their Senior Business Executives and Enterprise Architects for an extended period of time (I believe it was around 4 months!) to hammer out a strategic plan for how they were going to employ technology to drive business value. Their approach to SOA is based on that strategic plan and is a clear indicator how serious these folks are about executing on that all too often mythical "Business/IT alignment" everyone talks about!

From the Article:

"Some people use SOA governance to mean service lifecycle governance—that is, governing the lifecycle of services from creation through deployment. Others take it to mean applying runtime policies to services. But is there more to SOA governance than this? Shouldn’t governance with SOA ultimately be about delivering on your business and SOA objectives? Finally, without a common understanding of what governance means, are organizations that adopt SOA simply setting themselves up for failure?"

The article identifies the Key Leverage Points of SOA Governance as People, Financial, Portfolio, Operations, Architecture, Technology and Projects, and as noted in the article:

The key thing to understand is that you can only achieve the change necessary for SOA success by putting policies and processes in place around all of the key leverage points denoted above—people, application portfolio, services portfolio, projects, services, enterprise architecture, enterprise technology platforms, and operations. If you put these policies in place—that is, if you govern your SOA journey wisely— you will be able to deliver on your SOA strategy and business objectives.

All in all, an excellent article from a practitioner and not a talking head :-) Check it out!

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