ZapThink Announces New Half-Day Executive Seminars and One-Day Course

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Includes executive-level content on Modern & Emerging Technologies, including Cloud Computing

ZapThink, a Dovèl Technologies Company, is now offering two new half-day executive seminars and one new full-day course. The new half-day executive seminars are Modern & Emerging Technologies and Cloud Computing: Cutting Thru the Hype. The new full-day course, aimed at architects and other technologists, is Agile Architectures with Web Services & REST.

“As public and private sector enterprises struggle with modernizing their IT infrastructures in environments of increasingly tight budgets and dynamic business requirements, it’s becoming essential to remain on the cutting edge of new approaches in the marketplace,” said Jason Bloomberg, President of ZapThink. “Attendees of these new courses will come away with the knowledge and insight necessary to take informed steps to move their organizations forward with their strategic IT initiatives in a cost-effective, agile manner.”

Details on the three new courses are as follows.

Modern & Emerging Technologies: Today’s enterprise IT world is a confusing combination of trends from architectural approaches like Service-Oriented Architecture to mobile computing to the Cloud and more. These trends cannot be considered separately, as they all interrelate. In this seminar, ZapThink lays out its vision for enterprise IT over the next decade. Gain critical insight into today’s IT trends, with no vendor hype. Understand which trends are mostly noise and which ones you must understand and incorporate into your IT strategy today.

Attend ZapThink’s Modern & Emerging Technologies Executive Seminar to rise above the confusion and obtain a clear, coherent overview of the state of Enterprise IT over the next decade. This course is appropriate for IT executives, IT managers, procurement managers, and other decision makers who must make sense out of the complex, interrelated trends in IT today. Join your peers for this relaxed, informative, and thought provoking half-day seminar. This course is currently being offered January 11, 2012 & February 29, 2012, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, and can also be brought in-house to your organization.

Cloud Computing: Cutting Thru the Hype: Vendors and analysts alike are touting the cost benefits of Cloud Computing. Moving to the Cloud promises lower costs, better performance, and the ability to defer capital expenditures. On the other hand, there is also talk about Cloud’s inherent risks, from possible attacks to auditing regulations to data confidentiality issues.
Attend ZapThink’s Cloud Computing Executive Seminar to cut through vendor hype with a clear, coherent definition of Cloud Computing. Learn enough about the three Cloud service models (Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service), as well as the four Cloud deployment models (public, private, community, and hybrid) to make informed decisions about vendor selection, procurement, risk mitigation, and project control.

This course is appropriate for IT executives, IT managers, procurement managers, and other decision makers who must make sense out of the benefits and risks of Cloud Computing. Join your peers for this relaxed, informative, and thought provoking half-day seminar. This course is currently being offered January 10, 2012 & February 28, 2012, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, and can also be brought in-house to your organization.

Agile Architectures with Web Services & REST: Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) promises greater business agility by leveraging reusable Services. However, for many organizations, their SOA initiatives haven’t lived up to this promise. One of the primary contributors to this lack of success has been the challenge of leveraging Web Services, a complex, verbose set of open standards that vendors have adopted in an often piecemeal fashion.

To help address the shortcomings of Web Services, Representational State Transfer (REST) has arisen as a Web-centric, lightweight alternative. However, REST presents its own challenges as well. This course explains both the myths and realities of REST. Understand REST’s four architectural constraints, with an in-depth look at HATEOAS: Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State. Learn about the architectural context of REST, including intermediaries and compositions with REST and the differences between REST-Based SOA and Web Services-Based SOA.

Attend ZapThink’s Agile Architectures with Web Services & REST to gain a balanced understanding of Web Services & REST without falling into “religious” arguments. This course is appropriate for architects, system engineers, developers, and other technologists who must make sense out of modern architectural approaches. Join your peers for this relaxed, informative, and thought provoking full-day course. This course is currently being offered March 1, 2012 & April 19, 2012, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and can also be brought in-house to your organization.

The half-day executive seminars cost $595 per person, $495 per person for three or more, and $4,995 to run the course in-house. The full-day course costs $995 per person, $895 per person for three or more, and $8,995 to run the course in-house.

About ZapThink
As a recognized authority and master of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise Architecture, and architectural approaches to Cloud Computing, ZapThink provides its global audience of public and private sector enterprises with practical advice, guidance, and education, to assist in creating an architecture that meets business needs. ZapThink offers a clear roadmap for standards-based, loosely coupled distributed computing – a vision of IT meeting the needs of the agile business.

ZapThink’s flagship offering is the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) course, which provides training and certification on SOA & Cloud Computing around the world. ZapThink has certified over 1,500 individuals to date, and continues to offer an expanded LZA curriculum. Outside of the classroom, ZapThink publishes the ZapFlash Newsletter. Distributed to over 20,000 subscribers, this newsletter provides perspective on technology trends and implementations of cutting edge IT solutions.

In August 2011, Dovèl Technologies acquired ZapThink LLC as part of its continuing strategy to expand its scope, capabilities, and thought leadership in SOA, Cloud Computing and related technologies. ZapThink is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Dovèl Technologies. By joining with Dovèl, ZapThink is able to draw on the expert resources within the company and their real-world experience in implementing Cloud and SOA in federal systems. This expanded pool of talent and experience enriches the training experience and allows ZapThink to create more customized courses to further educate the market on the realities of SOA and Cloud.

About Dovèl Technologies
Dovèl Technologies provides high-end software and application development to government clients. Dovèl is recognized as an industry leader in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), using the approach to create low-impact approaches to process, communicate, and store mission critical information. Clients include Food and Drug Administration, Department of Defense, U.S Census Bureau, Department of Education, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Dovèl has been appraised at CMMI level 3 and its annual quality report receives accolades from industry leaders such as Capers Jones, who has listed Dovèl in the category of “Companies That Utilize Best Practices” along with IBM, Amazon, Google, and Apple. To learn more visit http://www.doveltech.com.

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