Technology and Enterprise Architect Profession to Receive Needed Skills Program

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Iasa (Iasaglobal.org) announces the availability of the anticipated Accelerated Skills Acquisition Program for Technology and Enterprise Architecture with Frost Bank as an early adopter.

In a move to aid non-vendor companies to further enable their technology and enterprise strategies, the global technology architect association (Iasa), is providing grants for training to organizations that proactively adopt a standardized skill set and capability level in their job descriptions and RFP requirements. One of the first organizations to adopt this new program is Frost Bank, based in San Antonio, Texas.

“As the oldest and largest existing professional association for architects, Iasa is thrilled to offer such a critical program to advance the customer-supplier relationship,” said Paul Preiss, Chairman and CEO of Iasa. “We are extremely impressed with Frost Banks’s commitment to world-wide standards of excellence in architecture and business strategy and are delighted they are taking the lead in standardizing the capabilities of the profession.”

The Accelerated Skills Acquisition Program (ASAP) provides much needed training to non-vendor companies who are dedicated to a significant degree of excellence in architecture practice and are willing to demonstrate that by requiring or recommending the CITA-P on their job descriptions and RFP response requirements. The program provides a 100% discount to those companies willing to require the CITA-P on job descriptions, RFP responses and staff-augmentation projects and a 50% discount on training for those that adopt a recommended level. The program fulfils Iasa’s non-profit mission to ensure the technology architect profession is the most recognized and best educated profession in the world.

Doug Skiba, Chief Architect of Frost Bank, was enthusiastic to learn about the program. “It allows me to set a straight forward career path for the company’s IT architects, while re-affirming our commitment to a global standard of excellence in architecture practice. Plus, the on-going opportunity to provide feedback to the Iasa Board of Education will allow us to contribute back to the field based on our experience,” he said.

“I couldn’t be happier to see Iasa move in this direction,” said Scott Andersen, Director Cloud Computing at Lockheed Martin, Chair of the Iasa Board of Education, CITA-P and Iasa Fellow. “This program will bring a great deal of clarity to hiring architects, consultants and outsourcing firms while providing huge value and leverage to customers. It is exactly the reason I got involved with Iasa in the first place,” he continued.

To qualify for ASAP benefits, firms must fill out an online application which details their current architecture practice, goals and a number of other elements which Iasa uses to determine grant recipients. Iasa will provide grant benefits to as many companies as possible based on their eligibility as a non-vendor companies, their anticipated need and current and future course schedules.

For more information on the Iasa ASAP visit http://www.iasaglobal.org.

About Iasa
Iasa is the premier association focused on the technology architecture profession through the advancement of best practices, education and certification. Established in 2002, Iasa delivers programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. A non-profit business association, Iasa is dedicated to the advancement and sharing of issues related to software, infrastructure, Information, and business architecture in the enterprise, product, education and government sectors.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the association is committed to improving the quality of the IT architecture industry by developing and delivering standards, education and accredited certification programs and services that optimize the development of the architecture profession. Iasa has 50 chapters and interest groups in more than 30 countries, and has a member base and readership of over 70,000 worldwide.

For more information, visit http://www.iasaglobal.org

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