In my place of work, we have a number of applications that seem to interact in a rather ad-hoc, haphazard way, and I feel I need to understand system integration better.
I'm currently deciding whether to do an SOA School Profesional Certification. The certifications are well recognised, but from what I've read of them, I'm a bit concerned that even after I've passed the exams, I won't really be in a position to implement what I've learned, or that the information won't be hugely useful in my day to day job as a developer. It all seems a bit too theoretical. Will it be any practical use to me?
Also, I've heard the 150 page booklet that costs $300 is not enough to prepare you for the exam. Is this correct?
Really, what this comes down to is whether SOA is really going to be the answer to my integration problems. At the moment, it seems to be the de facto answer.