IBM: SOA Fits Skills Shortage to a ‘T’
May 22, 2007 Alex Woodie
IBM said yesterday that more than 4,500 of its customers have modeled their businesses around service oriented architecture (SOA), the latest sign that SOA is having a big impact in business IT. The revelation was made at its inaugural IMPACT 2007 conference being held this week in Orlando, Florida, where Big Blue stepped up its SOA drum-beating with an assortment of new certification, training, partnership, and marketing programs concerning “T-shaped” skills.
According to Steve Mills, head of IBM Software, SOA is having a real-world impact on businesses, as well as IBM’s bottom-line. “SOA has been a growth engine for IBM as well as our customers because it gives companies the much-needed flexibility to focus on achieving business results without being hindered by the constructs of established infrastructures,” Mills said in a press release.
Skills is one area where SOA is having a noticeable impact, specifically when it comes to matching business and technical skills. To address the skills shortage, IBM launched a series of tools and certification programs designed to accelerate so-called T-shaped skills, where the horizontal line of the “T” represents business skills, and the vertical line represents technical skills.
One of the new SOA tools designed to boost T-shaped skills is an interactive business performance monitoring (BPM) game called Innov8. IBM says the three-dimensional game, which is played with a joystick, is designed to “bridge the gap in understanding between IT teams and business leaders” and help them understand how SOA affects different parts of the organization.
IBM made several other SOA-related announcements at the show, including: