SOA Software has launched an SOA planning tool that the company says will help users to align IT investment with business objectives.

Portfolio Manager will help enterprises to maximise SOA investments by building service to plan and to priority, SOA Software said. IT organisations would be better able to understand dependencies between their services and to build those services according to needs.

SOA programs, the company said, require strong planning processes to build enterprise services that are generally reusable. Project-specific services will not be flexible enough to support generalised reuse, and without early success, application development teams will not see the potential value in moving to SOA, according to SOA software. SOA portfolio management will help an organisational culture evolve to support successful SOA, the company said.

"SOA Portfolio Management is an important part of a planning governance process that helps ensure the success of enterprise SOA programs," said Brent Carlson, SOA Software vice president. "Our Portfolio Manager product allows our customers to maximize the efficiency of their strategic investment in SOA and helps ensure that they meet their business objectives."

The product identifies candidate services from existing assets and target architectures to help companies ensure they build services to plan and priority. It also delivers packaged SOA planning governance methods and automation meta-models for planning governance.

Current and future architecture models are represented based on industry standards and internal definitions. APQC business process frameworks are included to promote compliance with industry best practices. Services are prioritised into SOA Software's Repository Manager product for SOA automation.

Portfolio Manager will ensure that SOA governance remains a continuous dynamic process to maximise value and protect investment in portfolio management, SOA Software said.

There was a furore earlier this month when Burton Group analyst Anne Thomas Manes said that SOA was dead, a claim that generated furious response from companies setting the pace in SOA who argued that the technology still had a part to play in the modern enterprise.