Master of Service-Oriented Computing student
Service-oriented computing is a paradigm reflected in common technologies like SOA, cloud computing and the internet of things, says Andres Leon Rangel.
“The economy is becoming service-oriented. Cloud computing, micro-services, internet of things (IoT) and everything as a service (XaaS) are growth sectors. My background is in integration and business process management, with the use of SOA products like TIBCO and Mulesoft. I decided to study this degree because it deals with the latest trends in service-oriented computing.
“My master’s research is about the service value of IoT to all fields, specially the health sector. IoT and cloud computing have changed completely how the concept of technology operates.”
Choosing where to study was easy, says Andres who came to AUT as an international student from Colombia and whose studies are supported by the Colombian Ministry of Education.
“AUT is one of the few universities in the world to offer a programme entirely focused on the principles of service-oriented computing. I love that AUT is an international university, and I get to hear about the professional experiences from people all over the world.”
There have been many highlights throughout his studies, he says.
“What I’ve enjoyed most about my studies is the learning process and the critical analysis of information. I would definitely recommend the Master of Service-Oriented Computing. The degree is unique, and designed to use the latest technologies and concepts from the service-oriented computing field.”
Advice for other students
Andres’ advice for other students is simple – to make the most of your time at university.
“My advice to other students is to enjoy the ride. Learn as much as you can, take all the workshops on offer and take part in AUT’s many events. Ask for the support needed and truly see the lecturers as friends who care for your learning process.”
The different learning style was a bit of a challenge at first, Andres admits.
“When I first started at AUT, my biggest challenge was writing assessments using critical analysis skills. The use of peer reviewed references is also an interesting challenge as it requires attention to detail and careful organisation. AUT’s lecturers, postgraduate workshops and the Student Hub supported me through this.
“The thesis semester can’t be completed without the immense support and guidance of the supervisor – you must have constant communication and feedback if you want to produce valuable knowledge as a reward of the research effort.”
Last updated: 15-Aug-2017 2.21pm
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