A DESIGN SCIENCE APPROACH TO DEVELOP A NEW COMPREHENSIVE SOA GOVERNANCE

ABSTRACT
SOA  governance  has  a  critical  role  in  achieving  success  and  realizing  the  benefits  of  SOA.  Without
effective SOA governance, organizations will experience some significant challenges including  difficulties
in  designing  effective  decision  structures  and  managing  services.  To  address  SOA  challenges,
organizations require a comprehensive SOA governance framework to implement management and control
mechanisms.  Study  of  existing  frameworks  reveals  that  these  frameworks  are  not  expressive  enough  to
cover all elements of SOA governance and also, theydo not completely document underpinning structures
such as processes, procedures, responsibilities andmeasurement metrics. In this paper, we propose a new
SOA  governance  framework  that  is  more  comprehensive and  expressive  than  its  counterparts.  In  the
process of developing the framework, a set of important elements for a desired SOA governance framework
is  proposed.  Based  on  these  elements,  a  new  SOA  governance  framework  is  developed.  The  proposed
framework is obtained by extending characteristics  of COBIT and applying ITIL service lifecycle activities
to support the SOA governance principles and requirements.It is a perceptible framework that clarifies all
processes,  activities,  metrics  and  other  related  elements  in  a  logical  structure.  Also,  to  simplify  the
application of the framework, an implementation process is proposed.
KEYWORDS
SOA governance, service lifecycle, SOA roadmap, SOAadoption, COBIT