IBM Makes a Game Out of SOA Education
IBM is putting a renewed focus on service-oriented architecture education, even offering a new 3-D game to help business analysts and others adapt to SOA.ORLANDO, Fla.IBM is trying novel ways to get folks interested in service-oriented architecture, including devising a three-dimensional game to help foster SOA skills in users. Sandy Carter, vice president of SOA and Web services strategy at IBM, said IBM has produced an interactive SOA game called "Innov8: A BPM Simulator." "Innov8" is an interactive, 3-D educational game simulator designed to bridge the gap in understanding between IT teams and business leaders in an organization, Carter said. Carter spoke at IBMs Impact 2007 conference focused on SOA here. Indeed, a recent study commissioned by IBM found that 56 percent of IBM customers said lack of skills is the leading inhibitor to SOA adoption. To address this skills shortage, IBM has introduced new tools and certification programs.
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