SOA Training and Education - Products and Services

Skills development is a critical success factor in integrating consistent SOA best practices into everyday business and IT activities. It's not just architects who need to be thoroughly conversant with the requirements of SOA in planning, delivery and management of business and IT solutions. Everyone involved needs training and education so they can participate effectively in the process.

Everware-CBDI provides a comprehensive approach to SOA training and education that is designed to facilitate skills development for a wide range of roles in a just-in-time manner. All disciplines including Architects, Business Analysts, Designers, Developers, Testers, Program Managers and Project Managers benefit from Everware-CBDI's "right-fit" approach to SOA training and education.

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Everware-CBDI SOA Training and Education Approach

CBDI Service Architecture & EngineeringTM (CBDI-SAE™), is a portfolio of best practices for SOA including reference architecture and processes that provide enterprises with a structured approach and framework for flexibility, sharing, and consistency of services. The best practices are delivered in a best practice Knowledgebase covering the areas of Adoption Planning, Business Modeling, Architecture, Provisioning, Governance and Management. The practices comprise a rigorous and consistent methodology based on an underlying meta model and vocabulary.

The training and education products are integrated with the best practice Knowledgebase and are designed to support continuous learning in the workplace environment. Each of the components can be acquired individually, and be used in a standalone manner to support individual and unique skills development needs. All components can be customized for client specific requirements

The Everware-CBDI SOA Training and Education Difference

Much SOA training and education on the market today fails to address the real needs of enterprises and government agencies who are adopting SOA. Successful SOA is not a result of technology awareness, but getting the right architecture to meet the business needs, and the application of the architecture in projects, processes and organizations together with appropriate governance.

Everware-CBDI has been providing independent SOA guidance and training to major enterprises through its subscription research, education and consulting for years. Our guidance is NOT warmed over training on Web Services, OOAD, Requirements Management, Use Case Analysis, UML or XML, it is specific to the application of SOA.

Everware-CBDI SOA Training and Education focuses on providing organizations with,

  • A structured approach that can be repeated across the enterprise
  • Guidance in the use of sound architectural principles that provide the stable foundation for SOA, rather than just focusing on the use of transient service technology that rapidly changes
  • An independent view, free from vendor bias
  • The insight of industry experts with decades of experience in developing and delivering practice guidance
  • Guidance for architects, business analysts, project managers and other IT management, not just developer level.
  • Best practice, hands-on exercises, templates, worked examples and case studies, not just concepts and theory
  • Guidance and best practice that has been applied in real customer engagement

Varied Delivery

Everware-CBDI SOA training and educational offerings are delivered via a variety of methods

Delivery

Mode

Suitability

eLearning

On-line, computer-based training with animations and voiceover, as well as on-line and printed study guides

Broad education of wide audience

Students can work at own pace and in their own time

Classroom

Face-to-face training and education allows for more detailed understanding and discussion on techniques, plus the opportunity to work through examples and case studies with an instructor

Practitioners, project leaders, lead architects who need more 'hands on' experience

Train-the-trainer scenarios for large-scale rollout

Workshop

A combination of training and discussion based on the client's own situation

Initiating projects or programs

Producing 'first cut' deliverables

Identifying opportunities and issues

Train-the-Trainer

Train-the-Trainer

Everware-CBDI can facilitate large-scale rollout, such as across hundreds of consultants in a professional services organization, by providing train-the-trainer programs with access to the source materials for customization, or translation into local language.

Certification

eLearning and classroom training and education can lead to exam-based certification.

Varied Scenarios

Everware-CBDI SOA training and education supports a variety of scenarios and requirements. For example,

  • Establishing a Base-Line Capability. eLearning, Classroom and Certification-based approaches enable a base-line capability to be established for a variety of audiences across an organization
  • Equipping Projects and Programs. Classroom and Workshop approaches are an ideal way to ensure that a project or program starts on the right foot, with a clear understanding of the deliverables they must produce, the process and techniques involved, and how they will be governed.
  • Workshops enable these activities to be considered in the context of the organization's existing practices, or to consider stakeholder input to identify opportunities or issues that may arise. In a workshop, the team might work with Everware-CBDI consultants to produce some 'first cut' or high-level deliverables so that no time is wasted.
  • Fast Track. The Fast Track or 'boot camp' is a popular way to condense the agendas of several education topics into one in order to train a group of architects or a project team in a short focused period, perhaps at the outset of a major project or program. Typically combining elements of Service Architecture, Service Specification, plus some specific modules that reflect the context of the project – for example, Application Modernization or SOA Governance
  • Service Delivery with Training and Education. Beyond workshops, organizations may engage Everware-CBDI in a more extensive combination of service delivery and education whereby for example, Everware-CBDI consultants participate in, or assume responsibility for projects that produce a major deliverable, whilst at the same time educating, guiding and mentoring the rest of the organization's team. See our Services brochure for further details
  • Tailor Made. Experience shows us that no two scenarios are quite the same and we welcome discussion regarding customizing education and workshops agendas to suit specific requirements.

Beyond the core topics covered in this brochure, Everware-CBDI can add additional modules covering subjects such as Enterprise Architecture, Application Modernization, or Business Modeling for SOA

Target Audiences for SOA Training and Education

The Everware-CBDI integrated skills development products are unique:

  • By supporting a broader set of roles not just architects
  • As professionally developed learning products, not just videos of face to face classes, minimizing learning time
  • Providing options for testing – to ensure personnel have completed eLearning modules and Certification – to provide professional validation of competence from a respected, independent authority

Consultants:

  • Get trained and certified with minimum cost and time
  • Achieve higher rate
  • Improve your skills                              

Service Providers:

  • Bring large numbers of personnel up to Fundamentals and or Practitioner level very rapidly
  • Certify your competencies with industry analyst surveys
  • Confirm your competencies for customers
  • Deliver higher value
  • Improve the quality of the delivered service
  • In the fastest time and lowest cost

Resource and Program Managers:

  • Ensure your entire teams have skills fit for purpose
  • Reduce ramp up time
  • Implement Just in Time training to optimize resources and schedules
  • Ensure a consistent understanding and nomenclature
  • Exert control over skills supplied by third parties
  • Integrate third party personnel into the team in fastest time and lowest cos

Education Managers:

  • Deliver consistent SOA skills for the broader set of roles
  • Provide cost effective skills development options
  • With minimum impact on delivery teams
  • Integrate management and reporting into the enterprise LMS

 Summary of Current SOA Training and Education Services

Topic

Delivery and Example Duration

Agenda

SOA Fundamentals

eLearning – 16 modules. 6.5 hours.

Classroom – from ½ day seminar to 2 day drill down

Depth: Overview

Detailed  - Level: Introductory/Intermediate

Fundamental understanding of SOA for a general audience covering basic concepts, principles, architecture, the business case, planning for services, life cycle, infrastructure, organization, roadmap planning, technology and policy setting.

SOA Fundamentals should be considered a pre-requisite for the other topics

Service Architecture

Practitioner level eLearning – 11 modules. 4.5 hours.

Classroom – 2 or 3 days depending on topics and scope

Workshop – Varied duration

Depth: Detailed

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Guidance in developing the

  • Service Architecture covering business, specification, implementation and deployment views. Includes techniques to identify, classify and describe different types of services, and arrange them into a coherent architecture
  • Service Portfolio Plan (SPP) providing a managed portfolio of services for the enterprise or spanning multiple projects.

Service Provisioning Contracts

Classroom – 1 day

Depth: Detailed

Level: Advanced

Guidance on how to model and document the key contracts used in Service Provisioning, covering

  • Service Level Agreements
  • Service Specification
  • Automation Unit Specifications.

Service Specification

Practitioner Level eLearning - 9 modules. 4 hours

Classroom – 1 day

Depth: Detailed

Level: Advanced

Guidance on how to model and document rich Service Specifications to enable precise contracts between Service Provider and Consumer.

SOA Governance

Classroom  – 1 or 2 days depending on topics and scope

Workshop – Varied duration

Depth: Detailed

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Guidance on establishing the reference architecture against which to set policies and managing compliance to ensure adequate governance is applied to SOA delivery.

Technology Infrastructure for SOA

Classroom – 1 day

Depth: Detailed

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Guidance on establishing the operational and Service lifecycle infrastructure to support SOA providing a framework within which to position and select relevant standards, technologies and appropriate products.

Including sessions on security, deployment including cloud, the enterprise service bus, service and asset management, modeling and development tools.