Adhering to SOA governance is a way of ensuring that an organization's systems continue to work properly and doing so can be a start of verifying compliance to legal regulations. It is also often used as a way of demonstrating that information is secure, something that may be important to users and stakeholders or investors.

An SOA audit will mean different things for different organizations depending on what their goals are. However, common topics include ensuring that security protocols are in place and that services are created and managed properly. Audits will normally rely on reporting to verify that systems are working correctly, and they may also include ensuring that a framework is addressing the needs and obligations of an organization.

Some key activities that are often mentioned as being part of SOA governance are:

Managing the portfolio of services:

Planning Development of new services and updating current services.

Managing the service lifecycle:

Meant to ensure that updates of services do not disturb current service consumers.

Using policies to restrict behavior:

Rules can be created to which all services must conform, ensuring consistency of services.

Monitoring performance of services:

because of service composition, the consequences of service downtime or underperformance can be severe. By monitoring service performance and availability, action can be taken instantly when a problem occurs.

Managing how and by whom services Are used.

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