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SOA Governance - What is it?

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Joined: 2003-06-09

SOA Governance has been headlined in the IT news over the last couple of months, and analysts like Gartner's Paolo Malinverno say things like 'Service-oriented architecture governance isn't an option ? it's an imperative.' But just what is SOA Governance?

A major goal of SOA is to be able to compose business processes out of interoperating Web Services. But Web Services themselves are basically point solutions. The idea of governance is that there is an overall guiding principle that steers SOA. At a big picture level, a governance policy determines what Web Services need to be built, and at the individual Web Service level, makes sure that the services are designed to be interoperable and comply with standards, like security.