Latest IASA Perspectives Magazine Published

Looks like today is the day to release Enterprise Architecture Magazine editions. Paul Preiss, IASA founder and president announced the new IASA Perspectives Fall 2010 Edition. I haven’t read it yet but it looks interesting.

Request: One request I would have for both A&G and IASA is to provide an .ePub version of their publications. PDF’s are nice for my PC but I usually read these when I am mobile or lounging and it would be fantastic to use this on my iPad. Let’s say this, it would greatly increase your (publication authors) chances of me reading the content.

Content in this Edition

Foreword By Paul Preiss
Leveraging Architecture to Drive Optimization Within the enterprise it Landscape By Sanjay Agara
Using cArMA Analysis to communicate the value of enterprise technology Architecture Designs By Dr. George W. Anderson
Architecture exegesis 15    the value of Quality in Design When replacing Legacy systems
By Andrea Cifor
The value of enterprise Architecture By Adrian Grigoriu
Architecting for the cloud: A Practical example (including the Knurly Bits) By Rob Linton
Why Are We really Here Anyway? A simple Approach to the Most important Planning Activity By Tom Philbin
About iAsA: iAsA Board of education By Dr. Miriam Grace


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Microsoft’s Certified Architect (MCA) replaced by IASA’s CITA-P Certification


IASA’s CITA-P Certification Named by Microsoft to Replace the Microsoft Certified Architect
Austin, TX, (PRWEB) May 3, 2010 — In a conference call and email announcement on Wednesday April, 28, Microsoft Learning announced that it would discontinue offering the Infrastructure and Solutions architect certifications, and would fund the migration to the Certified IT Architect Professional (CITA-P) offered by the International Association of Software Architects (IASA).

IASA has created a grandfathering process to allow easy adoption of the CITA-P certification for current Microsoft Certified Architects holding the Solutions or Infrastructure specialization. As MCA’s have already gone through a rigorous interview process similar to the CITA-P Board review, the grandfathering process focuses on mapping skills and experience to the IASA skills taxonomy.

Andy Ruth, the Vice President of Education for IASA, launched the MCA Infrastructure and the MCA Solutions credential in 2004 while with Microsoft Learning. According to Microsoft, the credentials were launched to help establish the IT Architect profession at a time when the IT industry needed thought leadership and architectural taxonomy.

Ruth believes the profession should be self managed by the practitioners in the form of a professional association, as in other industries–medical, legal, etc. “The certification of a profession needs to be run by the profession, not from within a vendor with a specific product or technology. Microsoft releasing the certification to IASA is recognition of that.”

“IASA is not trying to sell a product or specific technology, so individuals and organizations can be confident there are no ulterior motives in their certification and education programs,” said Paul Preiss begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, CEO of IASA. “IASA’s mission is to support architects on their career path, and ensure they have the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver on the core value proposition of the profession: to make and save their employer money through the use of information technology (IT).”

Darren Day, Microsoft Certification Business Manager, who hosted the call for Microsoft said that IASA has "developed large and supportive communities dedicated to the IT Architect profession.” He continued, “They are technology agnostic, respected in the industry, and offer trusted IT architectural programs and credentials for the breadth architect.”

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IASA Group releases Certified IT Architect Professional (CITA-P)

IASA has released another competing architecture certification to the industry. IASA has spent 7 years developing this program with industry experts all around the world. You can find a great deal of details in their program overview along with their detailed certification presentation

Below is a summary from their certification website:

IASA is using its 250 item Skill Set library, The CITA (Certified IT Architect) Certifications provide a consistent and reliable body of knowledge for IT Architects. In fact, IASA delayed the launch of an IT Architect Certification from its conception in 2004 until 2009 because the creation of that body of knowledge was key. Without a body of knowledge that can be used to certify an IT Architect, certification has no professional value. It took IASA to almost 5 years to construct a rich body of knowledge and to launch the certification.

The diagram below illustrates the IT Architecture body of knowledge: the IT Architecture Foundation pillars (Design, Quality Attributes, Human Dynamics, Business Technology Strategy and IT Environment) and the 3 IT Architecture Specialization (Software, Infrastructure and Information).