Infravio, Inc., the SOA Governance Company, announced the availability of its comprehensive guide to SOA Governance and Lifecycle Management.

Gartner, Inc. recently predicted that "In 2006, lack of working governance mechanisms in midsize-to-large (greater than 50 services) post-pilot SOA projects will be the most common reason for project failure (0.8 probability)."(1)

Despite the significant risks to vital enterprise service-oriented architecture (SOA) projects, there are few authoritative guides to SOA Governance that clearly illustrate policy management across the disparate groups and stages involved in enterprise SOA. This paper builds the comprehensive case for SOA Governance and Lifecycle Management.

Designed for enterprise architects, SOA practitioners, IT staff, software developers, and informed lay persons with an interest in SOA, the latest Infravio white paper discusses the link between SOA adoption and governance, and reveals the key requirements that underlie today's demand for end-to-end SOA governance and lifecycle management.

Governance is the art and discipline of managing outcomes through structured relationships, procedures and policies.

Although you can't buy SOA governance in a boxed product, having working governance mechanisms in place, as Gartner suggests, can mean the difference between success and failure. Such systems can help automate complex governance processes, establish appropriate service lifecycles, and help users visualize and secure their SOA. SOA has a lot of complex moving parts, and a good foundation for SOA governance makes "doing the right things" easier and "doing the wrong things" harder.

Lifecycle management establishes orderly processes and reduces risks in SOA implementations. However, adoption by lifecycle stakeholders such as developers, IT operations staff, and business users is only the first step towards enterprise SOA. Coordinating and aligning diverse groups from central IT, business unit IT, and even external customers, partners and suppliers places unique demands on an SOA Governance policy infrastructure.

This paper also introduces the Infravio X-Registry Platform 6, a registry repository-based foundation for SOA governance. This product is designed to support a distributed, federated SOA environment and to support interdependent stakeholders whether they are cross-lifecycle, cross-organization or across companies and trading partners.

Infravio X-Registry Platform is the highest rated SOA Governance Registry product reviewed by InfoWorld Labs. The X-Registry Platform represents over 150 person-years of engineering and product development work, and at version 6 is the most mature product of its type. The combination of powerful SOA Governance applications on top of a customer proven policy foundation makes Infravio X-Registry Platform 6 the most complete SOA governance and lifecycle management platform available today.

References:

1. "Management Update: Predicts 2006: The Strategic Impact of SOA Broadens" by Jess Thompson, Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini and Paolo Malinverno, Gartner, Inc., November 23, 2005.

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