WSO2 Launches Free SOA Summer School

8-Week Program on SOA Best Practices Helps Enterprise IT Architects and Developers Gain a Strategic Advantage in the Market

Mountain View, CA – May 28, 2009 – WSO2, the open source SOA company, is launching the WSO2 SOA Summer School program to help the many IT professionals worldwide whose careers are being impacted by the global recession. The free classes will enable enterprise IT architects and developers to become more familiar with SOA concepts, technologies, and best practices—expanding the expertise they bring to either current or prospective employers. WSO2 SOA Summer School sessions will be held every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. PDT for eight consecutive weeks, beginning June 18, 2009.

“Our SOA Summer School program provides us an opportunity to give back to the developer community, which has been hit hard by the global recession. Not only has it left many talented individuals out of work, it also has increased the demands on those who remain,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO. “By sharing our insights on state-of-the-art SOA practices and technologies, we can help architects and developers increase their marketability and establish themselves as essential members of the enterprise IT team.”

WSO2 has developed a wealth of knowledge on SOA best practices through the professional consulting, design and training it provides customers. The same senior technical experts delivering WSO2's onsite and online training are leveraging their SOA implementation expertise to create and teach eight customized courses for the SOA Summer School. With this program, WSO2 is opening its doors to all individuals who want to boost their SOA knowledge directly from some of the industry's leading experts—thousands of dollars worth of professional training at zero cost. Details on the program and how to sign up can be found by visiting

“SOA best practices will be a deciding factor in how organizations leverage and adopt cloud computing models. Learning swiftly and well on SOA implementations sets the stage for implementing cloud and service fabrics productively. With this series of vendor-agnostic classes on SOA best practices, WSO2 is helping enterprise IT professionals both brush up on currently demanded skills—as well as set themselves up as leaders for the next era in computing,” said Dana Gardner, founder of IT research firm Interarbor Solutions, and author of Dana Gardner’s BriefingsDirect blog on “WSO2’s innovative approach to training addresses the tactical and strategic requirements of a successful enterprise architect and leader.”

The classes forming the eight-week SOA Summer School program are:

  • June 18 – SOA Enterprise Architecture Patterns. Gain in-depth knowledge about SOA implementation strategies to meet real-world business demands. Instructor: Asanka Abeysinghe, WSO2 architect.
  • June 25 – Scalable SOA. Learn scaling techniques, such as clustering, to support high throughput and high reliability. Instructor: Afkham Azeez, WSO2 architect.
  • July 2 – Security in SOA. Learn about key security standards and practices for SOA identity management and authorization. Instructor: Prabath Siriwardena, WSO2 security lead.
  • July 9 – SOA Governance. Gain insight into governance patterns along with service and resource lifecycles, policies, validations and more. Instructor: Asanka Abeysinghe, WSO2 architect.
  • July 16 – Mashups for SOA. Learn techniques and technologies for service compositions within SOAs. Instructor: Keith Chapman, WSO2 Mashup Server product lead.
  • July 23 – ESBs and SOA. Gain deeper knowledge about the usage and configuration of an enterprise service bus in SOA infrastructures. Instructor: Paul Fremantle, WSO2 co-founder and CTO, and vice president of the Apache Synapse project.
  • July 30 – C++ in SOA. Learn about techniques for integrating C++ systems within an SOA to strengthen the business value of enterprise applications. Instructor: Nandika Jayawardena, WSO2 WSF/C++ product lead.
  • August 6 – BPM and SOA. Explore how business process management and the supporting BPEL and BPMN standards can add significant value to SOA initiatives. Instructor: Paul Fremantle, WSO2 co-founder and CTO and vice president of the Apache Synapse project.