Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Designing Modern Service-Based Systems

From a buzzword in the early 2000s, service-oriented architecture (SOA) has evolved into an established paradigm for developing distributed software systems. But SOA today has a different face. Microservices, API gateways, REST constraints, and event-driven messaging are just some of the design concepts that developers of modern service-based systems should be familiar with.

Course attendees will acquire a clear understanding of the main types of design elements and technologies that can be employed in service-based solutions, including REST services, platform-specific services, message brokers and API gateways.

The course also compares microservices and the monolithic deployment model, discusses design alternatives for integrating microservices with external or legacy systems, and overviews other important design decisions, including security, transaction management, and service deployment.

Who should attend?

This course is valuable for

  • software and application architects
  • developers who use service technologies in their solutions
  • project managers and IT personnel responsible for microservice implementations


The following topics are covered in this class:

  • quick review of service and related concepts
  • the pillars of successful SOA and microservice adoption: technology, governance, architecture, and business alignment
  • design considerations for REST services, and services that use platform-specific component technologies
  • other elements used in service-based designs: service interceptors, messaging infrastructure, API gateways, and orchestration servers
  • other design considerations for service-based solutions: microservices vs. monolith, security, and alternatives for integration with external systems


After attending this course, learners will understand

  • benefits and challenges of microservices
  • what is necessary to be successful with SOA and microservices
  • main types of components found in modern service-based solutions
  • important design considerations for service-based solutions

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


Participants must have a basic understanding of distributed systems and Web-based applications.


Participants will receive copies of the course presentation slides, the class exercises, and a "cheat sheet" with the most important concepts. Participants will also receive a printed Certificate of Completion at the end of the class.


This 1-day course meets at the following times:

Days 1, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials.

Course Details

Course Fees [USD]

U.S. Industry: $700

U.S. Government/Academic: $550

International: $1050

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This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites.

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Phone: 412-268-7622