The SOA Systems Inc. and SOASchool.com Vendor-Neutral Business Philosophy
The service-oriented computing platform, the service-oriented architectural model, and the service-orientation paradigm are inherently vendor-neutral. It is highly beneficial to understand the concepts, practices, processes, techniques, and industry service technologies from a pure, vendor-neutral perspective so that you can assess the SOA industry and marketplace with absolute clarity. This not only empowers you to make the right decisions regarding what vendor products and technologies to invest in, it also enables you to establish SOA within your IT enterprise as a vendor-neutral architectural model that is freed from proprietary vendor features. This form of SOA implementation provides you with the constant opportunity to leverage different vendor offerings so as to maximize business requirements fulfillment while also extending the longevity of your SOA investment.
In order to provide purely unbiased training, certification, and consulting services, the SOA Systems Inc. and SOASchool.com business model is based on a business philosophy that does not permit partnerships with product vendors.
Specifically, SOA Systems Inc. and SOASchool.com:
do not represent or resell any commercial SOA vendor products
are not compensated for and do not benefit from any sales referrals or recommendations to commercial SOA product vendors
While there are no formal partnerships or affiliations, SOA Systems Inc. and SOASchool.com maintain positive relationships with all major SOA vendor organizations in order to stay in constant touch with how the vendor community continues to influence and shape modern day service-oriented computing through technology innovation.
For example, the SOASchool.com SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) curriculum is subject to regular review by the SOA Education Committee, which is comprised of members from the SOA vendor and academic communities. The purpose of these reviews is to give each major organization in the SOA community a voice in how the various topics covered by the individual courses are documented and expressed. Feedback is funneled into on-going revisions that constantly strive for balanced, industry-standard representation of service-oriented computing.
Another example is the development of books published as part of the Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl. Contributors and reviewers for these books are common members of major SOA vendor organizations. Their expertise in technology and practice is leveraged and synthesized by Series Editor and SOA Systems Founder Thomas Erl into a balanced library of titles that are strictly focused on documenting SOA topics from an industry perspective. These best-selling titles have become an important part of the SOASchool.com SOA Certified Professional curriculum.
This vendor-neutral business philosophy has made the training, certification, and consulting services offered by SOA Systems Inc. and SOASchool.com helpful to many organizations who require objective guidance and industry-level certification. This philosophy has positioned SOA Systems Inc. and SOASchool.com in numerous advisory roles with the highest level public sector organizations in government and defense communities.
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