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Governance is definitely enjoying the lime light as the SOA development cycle challenges organizations on their development and deployment initiatives. The timing is right to reflect on the SAP acquisition of Virsa in May of this year and the launch of a GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) business unit. SAP’s ESA enables organizations to automate more governance capabilities by doing the following:  –     Creating a repository of compliance metadata, rules, artifacts, and policies within the “applistructure”. –     Automating access management across the landscape –     Verifying solution models and metadata against governance policies at design-time. Solution designers can also view governance policies and requirements metadata for guidance in creating their own solution. –     Providing support for mapping logical policy definitions with specific configuration options at solution deployment time and allowing automated verification against solution deployment data to occur. –     Automating compliance checking of transactional activity for run-time governance and compliance features and providing alerts and warnings for follow-up. Ad hoc reporting and analysis are also supported in enhanced ways.  One of the greatest opportunities that will come from evolving SOA capabilities is the ability to abstract more and more governance capabilities from applications and to manage them as independent assets in the “applistructure”!                                  Check out my most recent article in SAP NetWeaver Magazine on “3 approaches to SOA/SAP”
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        1. Ratan Sonti
          Hi,
          Very informative in a brief introduction.
          It would be great if you could throw light on Security & Compliance issues in SOA environment.

          Regards,
          Ratan Sonti.

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