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Description of subscribe.png followsThis is the initial release of the Oracle API Manager 12c. Please see the Documentation tab for Release Notes, Installation Guides and other release specific information. You can also view the Oracle SOA Release Notes Page provided for this release.

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2 Minute Tech Tip: Tools for SOA Governance and API Management by Luis Weir

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Checkout our new series and learn about what is SOA Governance!

This introduction to SOA Governance series contains two videos. The first one explains SOA Governance and why we need it by using a case study. The second video introduces Oracle Enterprise Repository (OER), and how it can help with SOA Governanc

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EAMS – Oracle Enterprise Repository Edition for SOA Governance

In the last 12 years Link has been making its presence in areas such Governance and Architecture, both in terms of practices and methodologies, products, know-how and technological expertise.

The Enterprise Architecture Management System – Oracle Enterprise Edition (EAMS – OER Edition) is the result of this experience and combines the architecture management solution with OER in order to deliver a product specialized for SOA Governance that gathers the best of two worlds in solution that enables SOA Governance projects, initiatives and programs.

rosa-sampaio-soa-gov-fig08The solution takes the advantages and features from both products and combines them in a symbiotic tool that enhances the quality of SOA Governance Initiatives and Programs.

EAMS is able to produce a vast number of outputs by combining its analytical engine, SOA-specific configurations and the assets in OER and other related tools, catalogs and repositories.
The configurations encompass not only the extendable parameterization of the metadata but also fully configurable blueprints, PowerPoint reports, charts and queries.

For details please visit: Oracle Solution CatalogOTN Article & Demo Video:

To learn more please contact Manuel Rosa, Link Consulting.

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SOA Governance FAQ by Luis Weir

After more than decade implementing SOA, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the reasons that prevent organisations from realising the benefits of SOA is the lack of some sort of governance in their SOA implementations. I have also come to the sad conclusion that even though this is well known fact, many (end customers and SIs alike) still lack understanding of what SOA Governance is and why is it needed. Having said that, I created this post not only for my own reference, but also share this knowledge for those wishing to improve their understanding on this amazing topic.

Hopefully this FAQ provides some concise answers to many of these questions.

What is SOA Governance?

R. In simplistic terms, SOA Governance is the alignment of processes, people and tools needed to ensure that a SOA implementation is successful. SOA Governance primary objective is to maximise the benefits that SOA can bring to the business and IT. One thing to bear in mind is that SOA Governance does not exist on its own; it is in fact an extension of IT governance and EA governance. Read the complete article here.

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SOA Governance at OTN

This is an OTN ArchBeat blog post featuring two video interviews with SOA Governance experts.

OTN tech article: "SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture" by Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio.

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9 Tips for Organizational Maturity in SOA by Luis Weir

One of the greatest challenges to implementing SOA has in fact nothing to do with the intrinsic complexity behind a SOA technology platform. It is widely recognized that the real difficulty lies in dealing with people and processes from different parts of business and aligning them to deliver enterprise wide solutions. This is not only true in the case of SOA architectures but rather a challenge faced in systems design in general. As it has been nicely put by Conway’s law: “organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations”.

Following 9 tips that have helped me bridge organizational silos by improving communications and collaboration between teams/departments and also by providing visibility over available assets:

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Deliver on the promise of SOA with Governance

SOA Governance is about improving visibility control of your service-oriented architecture. With Oracle SOA Governance organizations can reduce risk, lower TCO, and streamline their operations. Only Oracle has the most complete solution for delivering a broad range of governance capabilities including: SOA Management, API Management and SOA Security, In this resource kit you will learn how to:

  • Prove quick return on your SOA investment through automated governance
  • Reduce total cost of ownership by using a unified governance framework that delivers a complete solution
  • Mitigate risk and improve efficiency and reuse
  • Align business and IT and deliver organizational agility

Register now to view case studies, white papers, and other valuable resources for SOA Governance.

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Have you downloaded the Oracle SOA Governance Resource Kit yet? By Yogesh Sontakke

Effective Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Governance is an essential element in any enterprise transformation strategy. Oracle’s SOA Governance solution eases the transition of an organization to SOA by providing a means to reduce risk, maintain business alignment, and show the business value of SOA investments.

Whether just embarking on an SOA initiative, or expanding a project or pilot for a broader deployment, this SOA Governance resource kit will guide you along the path to a measurable SOA success.

The SOA Governance resource kit includes:

  • White papers, data sheets, analyst reports and customer success stories
  • Webcasts, podcasts and other interactive resources
  • Software downloads from Oracle Technology Network (OTN)
  • Additional information from Oracle.com and OTN

Get it here now!”

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Promoting Organizational Visibility for SOA and SOA Governance Initiatives – Part I by Manuel Rosa and André Sampaio

imgThe costs of technology assets can become significant and the need to centralize, monitor and control the contribution of each technology asset becomes a paramount responsibility for many organizations. Through the implementation of various mechanisms, it is possible to obtain a holistic vision and develop synergies between different assets, empowering their re-utilization and analyzing the impact on the organization caused by IT changes. When the SOA domain is considered, the issue of governance should therefore always come into play.

Although SOA governance is mandatory to achieve any measure of SOA success, its value still passes incognito in most organizations, mostly due to the lack of visibility and the detached view of the SOA initiatives. There are a number of problems that jeopardize the visibility of these initiatives: Understanding and measuring the value of SOA governance and its contribution – SOA governance tools are too technical and isolated from other systems. They are inadequate for anyone outside of the domain (Business Analyst, Project Managers, or even some Enterprise Architects), and are especially harsh at the CxO level.

Lack of information exchange with the business, other operational areas and project management – It is not only a matter of lack of dialog but also the question of using a common vocabulary (textual or graphic) that is adequate for all the stakeholders. We need to generate information that can be useful for a wider scope of stakeholders like Business and enterprise architectures. In this article we describe how an organization can leverage from the existing best practices, and with the help of adequate exploration and communication tools, achieve and maintain the level of quality and visibility that is required for SOA and SOA governance initiatives.

Introduction
Understanding and implementing effective SOA governance has become a corporate imperative in order to ensure coherence and the attainment of the basic objectives of SOA initiatives:

  • develop the correct services
  • control costs and risks bound to the development process
  • reduce time-to-market

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