Application Services Governance is a mechanism to achieve business agility, build a responsive IT organization, and optimize IT effectiveness. Effective governance automates IT best practices, improves service levels, and facilitates safe, rapid iterations. Governance facilitates safe and rapid change by mitigating risks and reducing uncertainty when teams evolve IT systems. When enhancing governance effectiveness, successful teams smartly remixes IT skills, tooling, and processes; development and operation teams adopt agile processes, introduce automation tooling, and streamline collaboration.
Application Services Governance spans services, APIs, and applications. Don’t fall into governance gaps! Effective governance initiatives unify SOA governance, API governance, application governance, security governance, development governance, and infrastructure governance into a comprehensive and interconnected DevOps perspective.
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Cloud DevOps and PaaS are paving a path towards teams adopting governance best practices. Teams often follow human nature and take the path of least resistance. DevOps automates activities, and with adequate up-front planning, DevOps can make ‘the right thing to do the easy thing to do’.
Governance is the precepts, policies, processes, and tooling used to conform activities, minimize risk, and maximize effectiveness. As Mike Kavis states in a recent blog post,
Many IT and DevOps shops always look at governance as a dirty word because it sounds too much like government, which sounds too much like bureaucracy and waste. The problem with governance is not with governance itself, but with how organizations have tried to implement (or not implement) it.
DevOps principles and practices combined with PaaS characteristics will quicken IT solution development and delivery. A DevOps focus on continuous activity execution (e.g. continuous build, continuous integration, continuous test, continuous delivery) creates a ‘no wait’ environment. Teams do not have to wait for the next script to run or for the next activity to commence. By incorporating automation into developer and operations processes, teams bypass time consuming manual tasks and gain faster phase execution. Both DevOps and PaaS promote simple, on-demand self-service environments that shield team members from complexity and reduce skill hurdles. By offering on-demand self-service access, rapid business innovation and experimentation is possible. By reducing complexity, team members are not required to obtain special training and skills before consuming IT services and infrastructure.
A configurable DevOps PaaS can implement governance best practices and be readily adopted by teams without extensive implementation effort. Effective application delivery governance presents a simplified and unified user experience to complex development tools, processes, and team hand-offs. By integrating software promotion best practices, test automation, continuous integration, and issue tracking, application delivery governance raises software quality while reducing delivery timeframes. For more information, read about how to accelerate agility and maintain governance with DevOps PaaS
All SOA infrastructure products should participate in managing, storing, deciding, or enforcing policy. More than a SOA Governance registry is required. Application Services Governance Platforms provides advanced policy management capabilities across design-time, run-time, security, and lifecycle management focus areas.
Application Services Governance is a necessary step towards building a responsive IT organization and achieving business agility. By guiding teams through a streamlined application services development process, Application Services Governance Platforms optimize IT effectiveness, raise software quality, and reduce delivery timeframes.
Policy management is a governance cornerstone, and governance can serve as a foundation underlying an responsive IT organization and business agility.
Governance relies on policy, people, process and technology to guide business activity and deliver consistently positive outcomes. Effective governance channels business activity towards the ‘right path’ by making the right actions the path of least resistance. Policy management is used to specify the correct behavior, detail exception thresholds, and define corrective actions or notifications. Leading application services governance platforms deliver advanced policy management by conforming to a flexible architecture, covering significant policy categories, and spanning all lifecycle phases.
To serve enterprise organization needs, PaaS, NoOps, and fast code deployment must be grounded in effective automated governance. Automated governance enables application and infrastructure services to efficiently scale across numerous consumers and providers while effectively monetizing, maintaining, and securing consumer-provider interactions.Â Effective automated governance mitigates risks, improves performance, and facilitates correct actions.
WSO2, the lean enterprise middleware provider,Â announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the â€œVisionariesâ€ quadrant of a new report, Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies