There is an old saying that goes that necessity is the mother of invention. At the same time, we should keep in mind that necessity is also the driving force behind innovation. What is more, innovation is rooted in the creative application of invention. So, in a way, necessity can be viewed as innovation’s precursor.
Businesses have rapidly changing needs in today’s corporate environment. An entire new generation of technology, tools, and approaches has come of age in the last decade. Businesses have begun to apply innovative Business solutions and models as a means of helping growth, improving performance, and also decreasing the costliness of operations.
Let us take a look at IBM’s approaches to innovation on the level of Service Oriented Architecture. Specifically, the Service Oriented Architecture certification offered by IBM.
As it has now been made obvious, SOA is a major skill that demands professional certification. This is why IBM has decided to take on a leadership role in the field of SOA certification. In recent years, IBM published its very first certification for Service Oriented Architecture. It was designed as a means of validating the candidate’s potential for the application of Service Oriented Architecture design principles in making decisions for service focused application solutions.
With critical examinations taking place at the intermediate level, SOA certification is intended for individuals who are already architects or consultants with a significant degree of experience in the design of enterprise application components as well as enterprise Business integration solutions. Individuals should already be a part of an SOA project team that is responsible for the architecture of an end to end design.
Through collaborating with senior Service Oriented Architecture project architects, SOA certification candidates learn to articulate the value of Service Oriented Architecture within Business strategy contexts. They also are able evaluate and gather customer Business requirements, document current processes and infrastructure that are related to Business requirements, as well as assessing clients’ readiness for Service Oriented Architecture in terms of both Business and technical considerations.
Once they receive SOA certification, the candidate should be able to define quality road maps for the adoption and governance of a Service Oriented Architecture. They should also have the skills to determine what tasks and services should be performed, based on Business process models.
SOA certification further enables one to establish service connection definitions that satisfy functional and non-functional requirements.
Full information on IBM Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Certification is available at http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/soa_index.shtml