Auckland University of Technology announced it had graduated the first batch of eight students from its new Masters in Service-Oriented Computing programme.
Eight students graduated in December with a half-dozen scooped up by Datacom, and at least one establishing his own business.
The one-year programme is said to address an acknowledged lack of IT professionals, and its core papers focus on service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, service relationship management and service science for IT.
“The programme arose in response to changing models of computing provision,” says Alan Litchfield, programme leader.
Litchfield said the first class came from a variety of backgrounds.
“There were those who staircased from other programmes and others who are working full time and supporting families,” says Litchfield. “Those who are working have said their reason for undertaking the programme was to gain new qualifications and learn about service computing approach to the computing they have known previously. This also includes learning new skills they can apply in their work.”
Three of the graduates have already landed "mid-level IT/management positions” with the likes of Datacom and Gen-i, says Litchfield. And one, while not working in the channel, is setting out with a technology startup.
Graduate Simarjot Jassal arrived in New Zealand last February, after working more than three-and-a-half years in India in the ICT sector, most recently for AT&T.
“I was planning to upgrade my qualifications,” he says. “After researching my options all around, I was able to find only two cloud-computing based programmes in the world at that time. The need to upgrade my qualification, coupled with the fact that New Zealand has a demand for such a skill set, made me opt for this programme.”
Jassal is now a director of a company called Rippr, a cloud-based platform combining aspects of daily deal websites with customer loyalty programmes, without requiring customers to carry loyalty cards.
Jassal says his uptraining in the programme helped him to choose the right cloud infrastructure for his business, implement “loosely coupled softwar architecture” to support web and app development, make security decisions about customer transactions and privacy settings, and defining SLAs for the businesses that the company will be working with.