As a registered member of SearchSOA.com, you're entitled to a complimentary copy of Chapter of Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies written by Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Carol Baroudi, and Marcia Kaufman and published by Wiley Publications. "The SOA Supervisor"
Someone (or possibly some software) requests a business service. The service broker goes into action, consulting the registry and then orchestrating the connection of all the necessary components of the service. It binds them all together, probably with the help of an enterprise service bus to manage all the messages and the service runs. The appointed SOA supervisor is intended to keep track of the whole set of computers and networking resources and software so that it continues to run without any problems. This chapter discusses who and how this role should be filled.
This was first published in January 2008