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IKM's Cloud Computing assessment might be just what the doctor ordered

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Last November I attended the Cloud Computing Expo and the Cloud Channel Summit in Silicon Valley this week, I met at least 5 CEOs who mention finding the right talent with the Cloud Computing skills is one of their toughest challenges they face. So, I had no choice but to mention IKM's Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) test that is available today to help these companies hire the right talent.

This test measure a job candidate's knowledge of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) theory and implementation practices. The test questions are vendor neutral. Following contains sub-topic description for IKM's Cloud Computing Test on the test:

  • Analysis and Design: Tests knowledge of SOA project requirements gathering principles, business process modeling, services, design characteristics and practices.
  • Canonical Message Formats determines knowledge on development of Canonical Message Formats and deployment of these formats in an Enterprise SOA environment. Additionally tests the knowledge of various Canonical Message Types including XML, XSLT, X12, and EDIFACT.
  • Cloud tests knowledge of the roles of integration and SOA within cloud computing and hosted service offerings, such as software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), as infrastructure-as-aservice (IaaS).
  • Communications tests and configuration and implementation knowledge of HTTP, FTP, SMTP, portals, and Web servers, and other communication patterns and protocols typical to the SOA framework.
  • Messaging examines message oriented middleware (MOM), message types, and patterns within SOA that facilitate linkages between brokers, consumers, and providers, publish versus subscribe, provider versus consumer, and find, bind, execute, and management of services and registries.
  • SOA Architecture tests knowledge of service component architecture (SCA), enterprise service buses (ESB), layers, characteristics and practices.
  • SOA Concepts and Principles measures the understanding of "what is SOA," its relation to system integration, business process integration (BPI), business process management (BPM), and enterprise application integration (EAI), and its characteristics, principles, and governing strategies.
  • SOA Deployment and Implementation analyzes knowledge of how SOA applications are best implemented, integrated, and deployed over n-tier architectures.
  • SOA Paradigms and Frameworks examines the understanding of common SOA algorithms and the development of frameworks based on the SOA paradigm.
  • Business Cases evaluates the "why" of SOA, and examines TCO (total cost of ownership) and other factors driving the business need and benefits behind business process management (BPM) and enterprise application integration (EAI) solutions.
  • SOA Development measures understanding of how to build and expose business processes, applications, and logic, through the creation and coupling of services components, data access methods (such as service data objects [SDOs]), data management, integration, open source and programming languages, and other adopted methodologies.
  • SOA Application Management analyzes knowledge of how SOA applications managed, supported, maintained, and leveraged in run-time environments to ensure maximum ROI with minimum disruption.
  • Roles and Responsibilities measures knowledge of the roles of governance, compliance, security, and maturity models, and team functions, in ensuring successful SOA implementations.
  • SOA Standards measures the knowledge of core and emerging standards, authorities, and complementary technologies critical to the success of SOA implementations.
  • SOA Testing examines understanding of the pre-requisites, approaches, phases, environments, controls and techniques to successfully testing SOA applications.
  • Securing the Service-Oriented Enterprise evaluates knowledge and options available in implementing layered SOA security, and the standards in use (such as WS-Security, WS-Policy, SAML, and WSFederation).
  • Web Services tests skills in Web service (WS) standards and techniques, WSDL, SOAP, and their roles in building, managing and troubleshooting service interoperability within the SOA framework

This IKM test will contain a minimum of 51 questions and will need a typical time of 61 minutes. The Secure Interview Mode and QwikChek versions will offer as many questions as the test taker can answer within an about 37 minute time limit.

My conclusion were that despite the release of some innovative Cloud Based HR Solutions, the task of finding talent still boils down to identifying best talent and that's speaks highly of the need for Skill Assessments.

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