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SOA Planning,Road-map And Governance

It’s all about results, so SOA planning often begins with a business case, that outlines what the organization plans to achieve. This portion of the plan involves developing the ROI and KPI metrics to ensure that the goals and objectives are achievable and realistic. It is the starting blocks of developing the rationale for SOA investment, both long and short term, including milestones, increments, reference architecture, project plan, and governance plan. A SOA Roadmap outlines specific steps, iterations, and increments across multiple time lines, with accompanying actions, deliverables, milestones, and course of action to take an organization towards SOA maturity. Building such a roadmap helps to minimize risk by creating a plan of action for the SOA journey. Therefore, no 2 organization’s roadmaps will be identical due to company’s situations and needs; however, Visual Integrator has documented many patterns and anti-patterns we’ve noticed with our customers’ roadmaps, that can re-used and applied towards creating and ensuring our customer’s roadmaps are achievable, successful, and measurable. Governance. What we like to call “G Word”. Although software vendors may lead you to believe this entails buying their registry/repository tool; however, Visual Integrator’s belief it entails a whole lot broader aspects. It involves the policies, procedures, organizational alignment, and enforcement to ensure SOA phases, activities, and processes are executing according to plan. It involves communications and automation of policies to ensure the SOA roadmap is being followed, accepted, and embraced. It involves applying rules to ensure the SOA environment is performing, behaving, and be used appropriately. Visual Integrator has experience with many types of governance policies including: Community of Interest and Center of Excellence development, Quality of Service, Service Level Agreement, Configuration Management and Version Control, Contract development conformance and enforcement, Semantic development, run time statistical collection and analytics, Security, Data and Metadata management, Staffing and personnel.


We have experience creating governance principles, boards, and compliance strategies to provide the overall guidelines for the SOA environment.
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