Although the credential emphasizes SOA slightly more than Cloud computing, these two topics travel together so closely for actual Cloud implementations that this split focus is not perceived as a negative. Plus the LZA credential enjoys wide name recognition and a good reputation throughout the computing industry. (ZapThink claims that its current certified population of 1,400 exceeds the number of certified architects in other similar programs by at least 400 or more individuals, and their population continues to grow by leaps and bounds.) Their practical, straight-forward teaching and testing style gets accolades, and they emphasize best practices and sound organizational approaches as much as the theory and concepts that guide SOA and Cloud computing implementations.
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