IT Pros: Our SOA Governance ‘Not Sufficient’

More than three-quarters of IT professionals working on SOA projects say their current SOA Governance 'not sufficient,' according to an October survey by the SOA Forum. So, how uncomfortable are IT pros about that? Maybe a lot more than you think.

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More than three-quarters of IT professionals working on SOA projects say their current SOA Governance ‘not sufficient,’ according to an October survey by the SOA Forum. So, how uncomfortable are IT pros about that? Maybe a lot more than you think.
More than 80% of survey respondents admitted they are uneasy about their lack of governance or automated review capabilities. In one exemplary response, the survey found “significant dissatisfaction” at the prospect that a Registry/Repository might be deployed without policy management and automated enforcement.
The online survey was sent to all 1,500 members of the SOA Forum, a global forum of technical professionals from Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.
Inside SOA Forum survey findings:
Overall, here are some other notable findings from the SOA Forum survey:



  • 88 percent call their current SOA governance “not sufficient.”





  • 85 percent use manual reviews in design and development stages to achieve architectural governance;





  • 80 percent say their organization is at risk due to putting [web or SOA] services in production that are not effectively governed;





  • More than half (56 %) said half of their services are not reviewed for compliance at all before moving into production





  • Of those with automated SOA Governance process, ALL said they can check at least 75 percent of their artifacts for compliance.





  • One-third of those with SOA Governance processes said they check their code and artifacts for compliance prior to implementation 100% of the time.
    "I was surprised to hear that so many of my peers in the SOA Forum were still relying on manual methods. It highlights an area that the SOA Forum needs to educate its members on." said Vladimir Mitevski, a founding member of the SOA Forum, and Vice President of Product Management (Core Services), for Thomson Financial.
    The SOA Forum is an organization for IT executives involved with SOA, comprised of more than 1,500 members from more than 450 organizations. The SOA Forum, created four years ago, was founded by and is coordinated by WebLayers, Inc.
    An executive summary of "The SOA Forum: 2007 Survey on SOA Governance," is available from the SOA Forum.






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