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SOA Governance Integration

Enterprise-level applications must support robust and reliable management features to be able to comply with business requirements, government legislation, service level agreements (SLAs), and customer and trading partner expectations. Run-time governance focuses specifically on the challenges of, and requirements for, successfully running service-oriented architecture (SOA)–based systems that meet these requirements. The quality of service delivered by a business system is the predominant factor that defines its success or failure.

Businesses deploying SOA-based systems into production face a number of challenges, including the following:

  • Minimizing the cost of maintenance and upgrades, and allowing incremental updates
  • Allowing rapid change through business process management and composition tools
  • End-to-end security; this includes trust and protection of the privacy of message senders, receivers, and content
  • Identifying, managing, and repairing exceptions as they occur
  • Decoupling of services and consumers
  • Measuring and proving the business value of SOA applications to offset cost concerns
  • Control (governance) of the proliferation of duplicate or otherwise unnecessary services
  • Facilitating the identification of the appropriate services required by potential users to reduce initial development cost
  • Managing the life cycle of services to minimize the cost and risk of ongoing maintenance and change
  • Simplifying the actual usage of appropriate services (decoupling location, transport, policies, standards, and messaging styles)
  • Reporting facilities used to identify who is using which service, where, and why

The Microsoft BizTalk ESB Toolkit supports integration with two third-party run-time governance systems:

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