SOA Governance Software

SOA Governance Software Overview

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance is a subset of general IT governance. It is focused exclusively on managing processes in service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions.

SOA Governance Products

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Consul, by HashiCorp

HashiCorp Consul is a tool for discovering and configuring services in the IT infrastructure. It provides service discovery, health checking, key/value stores and support for multiple data centers out of the box.

TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Grid

ActiveMatrix Service Grid is an SOA governance and application server, from TIBCO.

WebSphere Service Registry and Repository

IBM's WebSphere Service Registry and Repository is an SOA governance option.

JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform

JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform from Red Hat is an SOA governance platform.

CentraSite

CentraSite is an SOA governance platform from Software AG.

MID Innovator

Innovator is a versatile modeling, SOA governance, and business process management platform from German company MID.

Tivoli Composite Application Manager for SOA Platform

The Tivoli Composite Application Manager for SOA Platform is... an SOA Governance option from IBM.

ManagedMethods JaxView

JaxView, from ManagedMethods in Boulder, Colorado, is an SOA governance option.

Axway AMPLIFY API Management

Axway offers the AMPLIFY API Management Platform, which combines API management and microservice mesh governance to streamline building, managing, analyzing, and extending digital services.

Huawei Cloud Service Engine (CSE)

Cloud Service Engine (CSE) on Huawei Cloud provides service registry, service governance, and configuration and management. It allows users to develop microservice applications and implement high-availability O&M. Furthermore, it supports multiple languages and runtime systems, and…

WSO2 Governance Registry

WSO2's Governance Registry is an SOA governance platform.

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What is SOA Governance Software?

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance is a subset of general IT governance. It is focused exclusively on managing processes in service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions.

SOA Governance Software Features & Capabilities

  • Service registry

  • Service management

  • Service category

  • Dependency management

  • Policy management


SOA defines software functionality as a set of discrete services. A service is an implementation of a clearly defined function that operates independently of any other service.


Using services as building blocs is a way of building applications that are composed of multiple discrete software agents. These have very clearly-defined interfaces and can be loosely coupled to provide some more complex functionality. For example, when ordering something online, the entire transaction could comprise a series of different services such as a price-lookup service, an inventory availability service and so on.

Advantages

Among the advantages of this approach to architecting software is platform independence, developer focus (developers can concentrate on their specific service without having to worry about dependencies), directory lookup of services and code reuse.

Governance

Governance in this context means ensuring that the portfolio of existing services and the planning of new services is managed coherently. This means ensuring that service updates do not affect current service consumers; using policies to ensure that services are delivered consistently; monitoring service performance, and managing service access. SOA governance software provides this and similar functionality.

SOA Governance Comparison

When choosing an SOA Governance solution, there are a few factors you should consider.


Policies, Processes, and Dependencies Supported: One of the main features of SOA governance is policy management. You should consider what policies need to be supported by your organization, and select a governance tool that can handle those needs. Similarly, you should confirm that any SOA governance tool you consider can manage the dependencies and processes you want it to manage.

Pricing Information

There are some open-source SOA governance tools which can be a good option for those not willing to spend upwards of $800/month for proprietary enterprise software.

Frequently Asked Questions

What businesses benefit most from SOA Governance

IT governance is essential for any business with a robust IT infrastructure. That said, SOA governance tools are more specialized. They are most important for businesses who need to manage processes in service oriented architecture. Other businesses can use more generalist tools.

Are there free or open source SOA Governance tools?

There are some open source SOA governance tools that are feature complete for businesses looking for a free option. That said, these tools are only appropriate for businesses with a skilled enough team to implement them. The man hours in implementation and maintenance should be considered.

What are the key features of SOA Governance tools?

SOA governance tools provide process management, dependency management, and policy management features.