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What Our Instructors Say

The Best Practices class aims to clarify all of the misconceptions out there by addressing directly what SOA is, and sometimes more importantly, what SOA is not. SOA can be a powerful tool for organizations looking to enter or expand their presence in the distributed internet-based environment of today, and the Best Practices class will provide the foundation for doing so.

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Who Should Attend

This course is valuable for

  • technical managers, managers, and software engineers who are looking for a solid overview of what SOA adoption really involves 
  • individuals tasked with development and deployment of service-oriented systems or with migration of legacy systems to SOA environments 
  • individuals who make decisions about SOA strategy and implementation

Course Overview

The one-day Service-Oriented Architecture: Best Practices for Successful Adoption course introduces four pillars that are necessary for SOA success. 

  1. Strategic approach, focusing on alignment with business goals 
  2. SOA governance
  3. Realistic context-based technology evaluations
  4. Change of mindset—a different development and implementation approach
In particular, the course addresses  
  • introduction to SOA
  • basic concepts and roles of SOA
  • web services 
  • basic SOA operations 
  • challenges for the service developer, the service consumer, and the infrastructure provider 
  • four pillars of SOA adoption

Completion of this course fulfills a training requirement for the SEI's SOA Architect Professional certificate program.


This course has no prerequisites. It is an entry-level course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • explain the basic concepts related to SOA and service-oriented systems 
  • recognize nine common misconceptions about SOA 
  • discuss the potentials and pitfalls of SOA adoption 
  • explain the importance of these keys to successful SOA adoption: SOA strategy, SOA governance, contextual technology evaluation, and a recognition of the need for a change of mindset

Course Environment

Service-Oriented Architecture: Best Practices for Successful Adoption is an interactive course. Your classmates will come from a range of government agencies and industry sectors, each bringing a unique perspective to enhance the learning process. Participants receive a copy of lecture slides and exercises.

You can expect

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

The one-day classroom course meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) in our U.S. training centers. In our non-U.S. locations, the class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Course Outline

Download the Best Practices for Successful Adoption 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

Very knowledgeable instructor . . . good exercises.

Bryan Olivas, Software Engineer

My current project is a potential for implementing concepts I learned.

Tim Swords, Systems Engineer

One important thing I learned is that the planning process for using this technology is important.

Manager, Healthcare Industry

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

The course you are viewing, Service-Oriented Architecture: Best Practices, is part of this certificate.

3 Advanced Topics in SOA: Governance, Assurance, Implementation

Resources to Help You Prepare

White paper:

Common Misconceptions About Service-Oriented Architecture

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.

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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

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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.

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What Course Attendees Say

Very knowledgeable instructor . . . good exercises.

My current project is a potential for implementing concepts I learned.

One important thing I learned is that the planning process for using this technology is important.

Bryan Olivas, Software Engineer

Tim Swords, Systems Engineer

Manager, Healthcare Industry