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A Scenario-Based Technique for Developing SOA Technical Governance

June 2009 Technical Note
Soumya Simanta, Edwin J. Morris, Grace Lewis, Sriram Balasubramaniam, Dennis B. Smith

Organizations can make the available SOA governance frameworks more effective in their organizations using the scenario-based tailoring technique introduced in this technical note.


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A well-known problem within the service-oriented architecture (SOA) community is the need to establish effective SOA governance procedures to enable an organization-wide SOA initiative. A number of organizations and vendors address this problem through SOA governance frameworks that provide models, procedures, and tools for SOA governance. Many of these SOA frameworks are general purpose because they are intended to be useful for a diverse customer base. However, while designed for a wide customer base, vendor SOA frameworks are narrowly focused to work with the specific tools of the vendor. A critical problem for an organization when implementing SOA governance is to customize vendors' offerings to its specific technological and management context. In this technical note, a lightweight and extensible technique is proposed, one that employs scenarios to tailor existing SOA governance frameworks to the specific needs of an organization.