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What's after SCEA? Please advise.

 
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Hello All,

I have recently submitted my assignment and waiting for the results. I never worked as an architect or not even close. I have learnt a lot during my preparation. I have decided to improve my knowledge about design and architecture.

All senior SCEAs/ Practising J2EE architects - Could you please give me some direction on what are the best resources or the best things I should do to improve my knowledge about architecture. What are the next steps in this direction?

I would highly appreciate your response.

Lekha
 
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Insofar as something to do beyond SCEA, the best thing I could think to do is to continue to read and keep up with changes in technology, expand your knowledge of other enterprise-level structures (perhaps looking at other languages or aspects of architecture) and to practice what you've learned.

Other than that... I really don't know what to recommend.
 
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Have a nice cold beer!
 
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There are very many pattern catalogs out there that are not covered in the SCEA (Gof and CJ2EE are the only one covered), so continue strengthening your pattern knowledge.

Check out POSA 1 , 2, 3 , patterns for enterprise architecture - Martin Fowler, and there a couple more popular ones out there that I can't remember off hand.
 
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Slightly off topic but:

Do you want to actually work as an architect? If you then the consider this: only about 50% of an architect's work is actually technical. The core competencies are to do with soft skills and understanding how businesses work...
 
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Or there's an actual enterprise architecture certification:
http://www.opengroup.org/architecture/togaf8/index8.htm#Certification
 
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[ September 26, 2008: Message edited by: Manish Nakhre ]
 
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