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IBM Debuts SOA Governance Help

Hoping to hasten the adoption of its service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategies, IBM on Wednesday announced a governance solution made up of best practices and methods to help users with issues such as decision rights and the policies that control those decisions.

Called SOA Governance, the solution lets users and VARs choose from about 40 IBM-based products, including the recently announced WebSphere Service Registry and Repository. That product allows users to access and manage service metadata used in the selection of invocation, management and reuse of services within an SOA.

"We have been building out this SOA story for a while now, and the issue that comes up time and time again is, 'How do I manage it or how do I manage the transformation of my organization around it?' This solution goes toward addressing that," says Danny Sabbah, general manager of IBM's Rational Software division.

Some analysts believe the announcement is well-timed given the increasing awareness of IT serving as the stronghold for all of a company's critical data, leading to the need for IT to have its own set of governance rules.

"Over the past 18 months, people have become very interested in the notion of IT governance as a way to make sure their information is correct, information they are legally responsible for," says Amy Wohl, president of Wohl Associates. "It is an important issue."

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