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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Concepts Guide for Oracle Enterprise Repository
11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7)

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2 Governed Assets

This chapter describes best practices for identifying requirements and determining which assets to submit to Oracle Enterprise Repository.

This chapter contains the following sections:

2.1 Overview

Oracle Enterprise Repository provides automated tooling to acquire assets so that they can be managed and governed. This section provides a careful consideration of which assets to submit.

Oracle recommends that organizations bootstrap the enterprise repository in phases, with sharp focus on the assets that bring the greatest value and benefits.

For example, if your organization's primary focus is application development, start bootstrapping the Enterprise Repository with domain-independent enterprise components and services that have high reuse potential, such as:

Every application contains domain-independent, highly reusable functionality. In addition, organizations typically want to standardize this functionality for consistency across applications. Initial productivity savings for reusing key assets can be impressive. Many organizations save several hundred thousand dollars in months due to reuse, in addition to savings through standardization.

Organizations focused on application integration may want to start bootstrapping the enterprise repository with:

If you just want a communication mechanism for your project, bootstrap the Enterprise Repository with the information most relevant to the project team. This might include:

2.2 Best Practices

This section describes the Governance Suite components. It contains the following topics:

Understand which portfolios will help the organization reach its goals

Identify the organizational goals for governance, and align these goals with the supporting asset portfolios. For example, if the organization is focused on bringing new products to market more quickly, include product line asset portfolios in the governance program first. If the goal is to establish a standard Software Development Lifecycle Process, include process templates and standards first.

Identify requirements

After identifying the asset portfolios, identify Asset Portfolio Management Team requirements for managing their respective portfolios. For example, Architects may need to package solution sets and monitor use and standards compliance. Service Competency Centers may need to communicate the services that orchestrate a business process. The Governance program distributes asset portfolios to help Portfolio Management Teams.

Structure the program to deliver value

When executives understand the vision, you can gain their sponsorship and structure a program with value for the asset portfolio management teams and their consumers. However, teams cannot be truly motivated to participate unless they can see tangible benefits.

The Bottom Line

Successful governance depends on a supply of assets that help the organization reach its goals. Asset Portfolio Management Teams are the primary sources of assets. The governance program must engage these teams and meet their needs.

For more information about the role of the Asset Portfolio Management team, see Chapter 4, "Stakeholder Identity".

Resources

Oracle offers a whitepaper and a workbook that helps you evaluate the expected ROI from your asset portfolios. This tool can help identify the most valuable assets.

Oracle's Unified Method (OUM) provides a wealth of additional governance information. OUM users include Oracle employees, Oracle Partner Network Certified Partners or Certified Advantage Partners, OUM Customer Program clients, and Oracle consulting services clients. OUM is a web-deployed toolkit for planning, executing and controlling software development and implementation projects.

For more information about OUM, see the OUM FAQ at

http://www.oracle.com/us/products/consulting/resource-library/oracle-unified-method1-069271.pdf