The SOA Governance thing…

SOA Talk ask if there is a better term than “SOA Governance”. The “Big Brother” connotations of SOA Governance have bothered me for a while but I don’t think there is a need for new terminology.

At design time, what is needed is a shared understanding of the architecture principles, frameworks, standards and best practices used within your organisation for providing and consuming Services.

How do you ensure that this shared understanding is
a) communicated effectively,
b) understood and
c) implemented by all.

This goes way beyond technology solutions and encompasses the overall development culture. Tools can help – but they should be an enabling framework rather than an enforcing roadblock.

Update: Todd Biske has recently also blogged about the relationship between governance, tools and culture (here and here).

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  4. Emergent Architecture
  5. Who Cares About Technology?

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#1 Martin Fowler on Humane Registry | soabloke on 12.10.08 at 3:38 pm

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