Before you start
The tutorial structure is based on the objectives of IBM exam 669: SOA fundamentals, the only required exam to be an IBM Certified SOA Associate. This tutorial, though not to be used as the sole resource, is a great place to start if you're interested in getting certified or just learning more about SOA.
This tutorial is an additional resource in your quest to become an IBM Certified SOA Associate. Following the objectives of the IBM SOA Fundamentals exam, this tutorial is composed of five main sections, each covering a major topic through a set of subsidiary questions and answers. You'll learn about:
- The value of SOA.
- The main driver for SOA's rise to prominence.
- Basic SOA concepts.
- The realization of SOA.
- SOA management.
- Preparations to adopt and implement an SOA, and what you can expect.
The tutorial discusses SOA from a vendor-, implementation-, and technology-independent point of view, so you don't need any specific technical knowledge to follow along. A basic background in the concept of web services and SOA is helpful although not required. It's a good idea to review the objectives of exam 669 before you get started.