Thursday, 30 April 2009

Open Group Release SOA Source Book

We notice that the Open Group have this week released their "SOA Source Book".

The SOA Source Book
is available at
Ideas in the SOA Sourcebook have been circulating around the SOA world for some time, and there is (not surprisingly) a lot of overlap (with more or less variation) with material the CBDI Forum has published from 2003 onwards. In particular the following have strong affinity to work we published in the past few years.

SOA Source Book


A Maturity Model for SOA

SOA Adoption Roadmap Planning Framework

High-Level Perspective of the SOA Reference Architecture

Based upon our early layered architecture published in reports such as Understanding SOA

Service-Oriented Infrastructure

Introduction to SOA Governance

For example, compare and contrast the Open Group Maturity Model for SOA:

With that from CBDI Forum. The Streams are almost identical, and the phases whilst named differently have a similar basis.

The Open Group SOA Source Book SOA Reference Architecture. This was itself based upon an earlier IBM model, which was markedly similar to CBDI's.

With the CBDI Model from 2003,

The Open Group SOA Source Book SOI Reference Model

With the CBDI SOI Model from 2006

And finally, the Open Group SOA Source Book SOA Governance Regimes
with the CBDI SOA Governance Framework from 2007

Recently, we published a report TOGAF 9 complementing SAE practices and concluded
"TOGAF is a generalized enterprise architecture framework applicable to varying architectural styles. TOGAF 9 provides some useful alignment with SOA architecture development at a fairly high level.
SAE is an SOA specific framework and methodology that covers a much broader life cycle footprint in great detail.
There is no absolute conflict between TOGAF 9 and SAE. There are many opportunities to use SAE assets and work packages to guide and inform detailed SOA activity."

Monday, 20 April 2009

Everware-CBDI Delivers Major Upgrade to SOA eLearning Capability

eLearning portfolio for developing SOA skills across all roles in the organization

  • 21 eLearning modules
  • Fundamentals and Practitioner levels
  • Cost efficient SOA skills development
  • For business analysts, architects, designers, developers, testers, governance reviewers and project managers
  • Associated certification services
  • SCORM compliant modules for hosting in customer Learning Management System
  • Available now to CBDI Platinum subscribers in the Knowledgebase

Everware-CBDI announces today that it has delivered a major upgrade to its SOA eLearning portfolio. Twenty-one eLearning modules are now available providing both fundamentals and practitioner level education for a broad range of SOA skills. In addition CBDI certification services are available, which together with the eLearning modules, can address critical skills shortages in SOA efforts.
Though many IT architects are very knowledgeable about SOA there remains considerable confusion and inconsistency of practice and process. SOA skills in many organizations are often limited to the architecture role and focused primarily on technology. As a result SOA projects often spend more time and energy determining how to apply SOA concepts than delivering project results.

The new Everware-CBDI eLearning portfolio is designed to equip a broader set of roles including business analysts, architects, designers, developers, testers, governance reviewers and project managers with consistent, detailed understanding of SOA practice. The e-Learning modules allow practitioners to educate themselves when it is convenient for them in a cost efficient manner.

The CBDI Certification process enables candidates to calibrate and communicate their skill level and allows program and project management to plan more effective and consistent resource utilization. There are two certification levels – Fundamentals and Practitioner. The Fundamentals level can be achieved entirely through eLearning and self study. The Practitioner level can be achieved through various combinations of eLearning, self study, remote and face to face classes.

The eLearning and certification products are delivered either as an integral part of the CBDI Service Architecture & Engineering (SAE) Knowledgebase or as standalone executables that can be hosted by the customer. They can also be provided as SCORM-compliant modules so that they can be used within a customer’s Learning Management System. All CBDI Platinum subscribers and Knowledgebase licensees will have immediate access to all the eLearning modules.

More information:

Everware-CBDI SOA eLearning