Business Connexion partners with ZapThink to offer SOA training

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Business Connexion partners with ZapThink to offer SOA training

Leading ICT services company Business Connexion, today, announced that it has partnered with ZapThink, a Dovèl Technologies Company, to offer its globally recognised Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA), Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) credentialing course in Johannesburg from 17 to 20 April 2012.

ZapThink is a leading global Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Cloud Computing advisory, training, and thought leadership firm.

It will be presenting the new version 9.1 of the LZA course, which includes the Enterprise Context for SOA, SOA Design Principles, SOA Reference Architecture, SOA Intermediaries and Integration, The Role of Data and Semantics, Service Composition and Business Process, Web Services-Based SOA, REST-Based SOA, SOA Governance and Security, Planning and Running the SOA Initiative, and Addressing SOA Organisational Challenges.

The course will be delivered by ZapThink president Jason Bloomberg, at Business Connexion’s Midrand offices.

“We are excited to have Jason run this course at our location,” says Paul van der Merwe, business unit manager Innovation and Development, Business Consulting at Business Connexion. “ZapThink’s course is globally recognised as the best vendor-independent, enterprise centric SOA course available, and several of our consultants will undergo the training as well.”

He adds that getting involved in this partnership and especially the course is further testament of Business Connexion’s dedication to Cloud Computing and the development of skills around cloud-based technologies.

“As the enterprise space continues to embrace Cloud Computing, and recognise that it is far more than simply outsourcing your data centre, they will start wanting to maximise its full potential and this means that Business Connexion and the market at large should prepare for this by having the necessary skills available to match the imminent demand,” explains van der Merwe.

“Fully leveraging the Cloud requires an architecture-focused, enterprise-centric approach that places Cloud resources into the context of enterprise IT.”

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Miranda Lusiba - Group Manager: Communication, Marketing & Communications at Business Connexion; Tel: 0112909112/ 0832128624; Email:

About Business Connexion

Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd is a leading integrator of innovative business solutions based on information and communications technology (ICT). With just over 6600 employees and a track record spanning over 30 years, Business Connexion runs mission-critical ICT systems and manages products, services and solutions for JSE listed and key public sector organisations, parastatals and medium-sized companies.

Business Connexion has a unique business model that represents the company’s approach to configuring and integrating business solutions which we develop and implement by drawing on expertise from entrenched competencies across the organisation.
In order to deliver a world-class service, Business Connexion has developed strong relationships and attained top-level certification with many of the world’s leading ICT suppliers. To find out how we can connect your business to a world of endless possibilities visit

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 US 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

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