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What Our Instructors Say

Once an organization has made a decision to adopt service orientation as part of its IT strategy, there are key technical decisions that need to be made in terms of architecture and design, governance, security, and assurance of software systems that will be migrated to this environment, or new systems that will be developed to take advantage of service orientation. This course provides technology-agnostic guidance for making these key technical decisions.

Grace Lewis
Grace Lewis is a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI

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Grace Lewis

Who Should Attend

This course is valuable for

  • system and software architects 
  • project managers and IT personnel responsible for SOA implementations 
  • developers of service-oriented systems  

Course Overview

In this two-day course, you will expand your knowledge of architecting, designing, securing, and testing service-oriented systems and about implementing SOA governance.

In particular, the course covers  

  • fundamental concepts of service-oriented architecture
  • architecture and design of service-oriented systems
  • SOA governance
  • security considerations in service-oriented systems
  • assurance in SOA environments 
  • future challenges for SOA adoption


Before registering for this course, you must have

Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this course, you will be able to 

  • explain SOA terminology and components of service-oriented systems
  • understand how SOA can benefit organizations in terms of cost efficiency, leveraging legacy systems, and agility
  • discuss architecture aspects of SOA design, including important quality attributes
  • use quality attribute scenarios to specify quality attribute requirements
  • apply five categories of design decisions
  • use three approaches for the integration of service consumers and service providers
  • understand and choose from SOA governance models
  • apply a technique that can be used as a starting point to help your organization understand its specific SOA governance needs and navigate the available offerings
  • recognize the top web-service security threats
  • understand three sources for service security problems
  • describe strategies for assurance in SOA environments

Course Environment

Advanced Topics in Service-Oriented Architecture is an interactive course. Your classmates will come from a range of government agencies and industry sectors, each bringing their unique perspective to enhance the learning process. Participants receive a copy of lecture slides and exercises.

You can expect

  • group work
  • hands-on examples
  • individualized Q&A

The two-day classroom course meets daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (ET) in our US training centers. In our non-US locations, the class meets daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The SEI can deliver this course at customer sites by special arrangement.

Course Outline

Download the Advanced Topics in Service Oriented Architecture course outline.

Training Justification Letter

Download our training justification letter template. This letter can be tailored to help you make a case to your manager for taking this course.

What Course Attendees Say

The course gives a vendor-neutral view about the technologies involved.

Software Engineer

I’m better equipped to make decisions about service-oriented systems.


Related Courses and Certificates

This course is required in our SOA Architect Professional Certificate program.

SOA Architect Professional Certificate

Learn Three Key Areas of Knowledge

1 Software Architecture Fundamentals

2 Service-Oriented Architecture Principles, Practices, and Tradeoffs

3 Advanced Topics in SOA: Governance, Assurance, Implementation

The course you are viewing, Advanced Topics in Service-Oriented Architecture, is part of this certificate.

SEI Training Logistics

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For public courses at an SEI training center

  • Your registration fee includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
  • Check-in and breakfast begin 1/2 hour before the course begins.
  • The dress code for the course is casual/casual business attire.
  • The SEI in Pittsburgh is a secure building. You'll receive a badge that must be worn visibly at all times while in the facility. For your convenience, prior to arrival, please review the SEI Security Policy for Course Attendees.
  • To arrange accommodations/services for disabilities, please contact us at or +1 412-268-7622 at least three weeks prior to the course start date.

Software requirements for the SEI learning portal

  • Operating Systems: Windows 98/NT 4.0/Windows 2000/Windows XP/Windows Vista/Mac OS X
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Where to stay

  • We've reserved a block of rooms at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213. The hotel will hold these rooms until three weeks prior to the course.
  • For reservations, please contact the hotel directly at +1 412-682-6200 and confirm that you are speaking with In-House reservations. To receive the SEI group rate or the government rate, please mention the course title and date. Please note: You must make reservations by phone in order to receive the SEI Group or Government special rates. These rates are not available when making reservations online.
  • The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center offers complimentary shuttle service to the SEI and anywhere within three miles of the hotel. For more information, please contact the hotel concierge.
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If you need to transfer your registration to a different SEI course

You may transfer your registration fees from one SEI course offering to another that occurs within 12 months. Just email us a request to or FAX it to 412-268-7401. For a first transfer, there's no charge if you make your request no less than three weeks before the course date. Within three week, you'll be charged a $50 fee.

If you need to send a substitute to the course you registered for

If you are unable to attend the course you registered for, you may send a qualified colleague in your place for most SEI courses. To request a substitution, email with the following information:

  • Name of the original attendee
  • Name/email address of substitute attendee
  • Title and date of course

We'll email the substitute attendee will receive a confirmation.

If you have to cancel your registration

Email cancellation requests to SEI Course Registration at or FAX to 412-268-7401.

If we have to cancel your course

If we have to cancel a course offering due to low enrollment, we'll offer you the choice of a refund of the registration fee, transfer to a different date of the same course, or transfer to a different SEI course of equal price.

Our refund policy

We'll issue a refund for

  • written cancellations that we receive no less than three weeks before the course begins (less a $75.00 administrative fee)
  • course cancellations that we initiate

We cannot give a refund after the course begins or for a course missed to an act of God.

Train your team

Many SEI courses can be held at your location. We're flexible on pricing and dates, and we'll work with you to tailor the course content to suit your needs. Learn more about team training in your location by calling +1 412-268-7622 or

What Course Attendees Say

The course gives a vendor-neutral view about the technologies involved.

I’m better equipped to make decisions about service-oriented systems.

Software Engineer