After over a year in the making, Gartner’s SOA Business Case Framework is now available (to clients or for a fee). I’ve been presenting the framework for over six months now at Gartner events and will again at the AADI event next week but now it is available in writing. As you will see, if you read it, this research provides a very robust framework for building a SOA business case justification. Here is a summary from the note.
“The Gartner SOA business case framework is a tool to assist enterprises in building project-specific SOA business case justifications. The purpose of the framework is to assist enterprises in understanding, identifying and assembling SOA value information to support a business case document with traceability from business value back to the fundamental principles of SOA. We can’t provide a finished SOA business case that will address all your needs, because nobody can, but we can help you to build one.
The framework consists of a few fundamental components: elements, chains, bundles, element profiles and resulting business justifications. The elements capture fundamental SOA values and cost characteristics. An element falls into one of six categories, including SOA principles, technology costs, technology benefits, business costs, business benefits and business impact. Each element has a descriptive profile that captures relevant SOA applicability, benefits, costs and risk information. The elements are assembled together into chains for end-to-end traceability from SOA principles to business impact. The chains are grouped into bundles that address the SOA project in its entirety. The bundle assembles a group of relevant elements (and their associated profiles) into a business case justification that serves as the foundation for a complete business case document.”