Thursday, 21 January 2010

SOA Fundamentals - Now Available as a Book

I had requests from some of our certification students as to whether they could get the elearning materials in some other format they could study  and use offline. Though elearning aids understanding with animations and voice overs, there is no doubt that having a printed copy to hand also has other uses - such as for reference - as well as convenience and the familiarity of a tried and trusted format.
Consequently, our SOA Fundamentals eLearning materials are now available in printed book form.
SOA Fundamentals is not a pure technology book, but covers a wide range of topics including
  • SOA Concepts and Principles
  • Web Service Protocols
  • SOA Technology Infrastructure
  • Service Architecture
  • Service Specification
  • SOA Project Management
  • SOA Governance
  • SOA Adoption
  • Business Architecture
  • Business Value from SOA.
SOA Fundamentals is aimed at anyone who needs to understand the basics of SOA. That includes IT architects and developers, IT managers and IT specialists of all kinds, as well as business analysts and other business people working together with IT to deliver a service-based business.
As well as providing a basic understanding of SOA to any reader, this guide particularly supports students who are undertaking CBDI Forum certification in SOA Fundamentals as the certification questions are all based on the content of this guide.

Fortunately, the elearning materials were already well scripted for the voice overs, so it was mainly an editing job to pull it all together and format.
For anyone interested in the process, the PowerPoint notes were sent to Word. Then edited and saved as a PDF. Then I found a very good print-on-demand service in Lulu that enabled us to self-publish the book, but at the same time make it available via Amazon and other book sellers. Lulu is highly recommended.
The book is US Letter sized with hundreds of greyscale illustrations. It typically takes about 3-5 to print plus delivery.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

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