muSOAing for 8/12/09

So after the audit you should ideally end up with the various representations and taxonomies for the canonicals you are trying to define such as Purchase Order, Purchase Order Ack, Sales Order, Inventory etc.

Next comes the really arduous task of mapping these to the industry standard schemas. If you are in high tech then you are in luck as there is a lot of work already done in this area by RosettaNet and Oasis and various schemas such as RosettaNet, cXML and ebXML can be made avail of.

To get access to these schemas a nominal annual membership fee is required and there are a lot of advantages that can be gained from such a membership including access to schemas, participation in standards definition and other meetings.

Next comes the task of mapping and normalizing your taxonomies. It is always better to stick to the industry standard. Things such as Item#, Part#, SKU#, InventoryID can mean the same thing but you will have to adopt an industry standard taxonomy. It is not recommeded that you modify these schemas but in certain cases it becomes necessary that you do so.

These key tasks of Audit, Mapping and Taxonomy normalization will take up the bulk of your time in this process of Canonicalization. This is the stage you might have to pull in additional BAs and SMEs to shepherd this process through. This will also require frequent meetings of the SOA steering committee for inputs.


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