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Complete the SOA Design & Architecture with Services & Microservices course and, optionally, get accredited as a Certified SOA Architect by passing the certification exam. You can purchase the course now and get the exam later, or you can get them together at a discount as part of the Certification Bundle.

Upon completing the course you will receive a digital certificate of completion, as well as a digital training badge from Acclaim/Credly. Because this course encompasses both the Microservice Professional and SOA Architect certifications, upon passing the exam you will also receive official Microservice Professional and SOA Architect digital accreditation certificates and certification badges from Acclaim/Credly, along with an account that can be used to verify your certification status.

If you already completed the Microservice Professional course modules, you can purchase a partial course (or a partial bundle) with only the modules specific to the SOA Architect track here.

The SOA Design & Architecture with Services & Microservices course is comprised of the following 5 course modules, each of which has an estimated completion time of 10 hours:

  • Module 1: Fundamental SOA, Services & Microservices
  • Module 2: Microservice Technology Concepts
  • Module 3: Design & Architecture with SOA, Services & Microservices
  • Module 7: Advanced SOA Design & Architecture with Services & Microservices
  • Module 8: SOA Design & Architecture Lab with Services & Microservices

Choose the Certification Bundle to receive the entire course together with the online-proctored certification exam and a set of practice exam questions, all at a bundle discount.

Upon purchasing this course, you will automatically receive access via the Online Interactive eLearning platform. To provide you with the greatest flexibility, you will also have the option to access the course materials via two additional eLearning formats, at no extra cost. All three eLearning formats are briefly described below. A more detailed comparison can be found here.
  1. For everyday learning: An online interactive eLearning platform with individual lessons, as well as interactive and automatically graded exercises and practice questions.
  2. For learning on-the-go: A study kit platform with access to full course documents that support online/offline synching, annotations, comments, custom bookmarks and cross-document searches.
  3. For your reference: A set of printable PDF documents that you can keep (for all course workbooks and posters).
All three forms of access are subject to Arcitura’s *. Upon purchase, access to the online interactive eLearning platform (1) is provided within one business day. Access to the study kits (2) and the PDF documents (3) is provided upon request.

Shown below are the digital contents and the topic outline for each course module:

Module 1: Fundamental SOA, Services & Microservices

This course module provides an easy to understand, end-to-end overview of contemporary service-oriented computing, including concepts and technologies pertaining to modern-day services and microservices, as well as business and technology-related topics pertaining to service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Symbol Legend Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Posters (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Business and Technology Drivers for SOA, Services and Microservices
  • Strategic Goals and Benefits of Service-Oriented Computing
  • Plain English Introduction to Services and Microservices
  • Fundamental Characteristics of a Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Understanding Service-Orientation as a Design Paradigm, including coverage of the Four Pillars of Service-Orientation
  • Introduction to Service Layers, Service Models and Service Compositions

  • Service Inventories, Service Layers and Service API Governance and Management
  • Introduction to Common Service Technologies, including API Gateways, Virtualization, Containerization
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing and Cloud Services
  • Adoption Impacts and Requirements, including considerations for Governance, Infrastructure, Performance and Standardization

Module 2: Microservice Technology Concepts

This course module focuses on modern service technologies, models and concepts that have established de facto implementation mediums for building contemporary services-based solutions. Also covered are fundamental terms, concepts and models pertaining to cloud computing and cloud-based services.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Comparing Service Implementation Mediums
  • Service Roles and Service Agents
  • Message Exchange Patterns and Service Activities
  • Basic XML, XML Schema, JSON and JSON Schema Concepts
  • HTTP Methods, Response Codes and Headers
  • Basic REST Service Concepts, including Properties and Constraints
  • REST Services, Contracts, Resources and Messaging

  • Hypermedia and Late Binding
  • Basic WSDL and SOAP Concepts
  • WS-* Technologies
  • Web Service Contracts, Messaging and Registries
  • Cloud Computing Concepts
  • Vertical and Horizontal Scaling
  • Multitenancy, Elasticity and Resiliency
  • On-Demand Usage, Ubiquitous Access and Measured Usage
  • Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds
  • IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

Module 3: Design & Architecture with SOA, Services & Microservices

This course module delves into the service-oriented architectural model and the service orientation design paradigm and establishes the unique characteristics and dynamics that constitute service-oriented solution logic. The module raises a series of distinct considerations for designing service-oriented solutions with microservices, as well as REST services and Web services.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Posters
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Posters (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Fundamental Application Design with SOA
  • Service-Orientation vs. “Silo”-Based Design
  • Service-Oriented Application Design with Microservices
  • Understanding Services and Service Capabilities
  • Understanding the Functional Context of Microservices
  • Complex Service Composition Design, Composition Runtime Roles and Responsibilities
  • Composition with Microservices
  • Distinguishing Characteristics of the SOA Model
  • The Eight Design Principles of Service-Orientation

  • Contract-First Design, Standardized Service Contracts and Uniform Contracts
  • Service Loose Coupling and Coupling Types, Service Abstraction and Information Hiding
  • Service Reusability and Agwnostic Design, Service Autonomy and Runtime Control
  • Service Statelessness and State Deferral, Service Discoverability and Interpretability
  • Design Guidelines for REST Services
  • Design Guidelines for Web Services
  • Design Guidelines for Microservices

Module 7: Advanced SOA Design & Architecture with Services & Microservices

This course module provides an in-depth exploration of the overarching models and underlying mechanics of service-oriented technology architecture. A wide range of topic areas is covered to provide techniques, insights and perspectives of the inner workings of service and composition architectures, including messaging, microservice deployments, service contracts, API gateways, containerization and many more.

Course Module Contents

  • Workbook Lessons (100+ pages)
  • Video Lessons (for all topics)

  • Mind Map Poster
  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Workbook and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • SOA vs. Traditional Architectures
  • Understanding Service and Composition Architectures
  • Logic Centralization, Schema Centralization and Canonical Schemas
  • Dual Protocols, Canonical Resources and Inventory Endpoints
  • Contract Centralization, Official Endpoints and Services with Concurrent Contracts
  • Lightweight Endpoints, Reusable and Uniform Contracts
  • Service Façades, Legacy Wrappers and Service Data Replication
  • Microservice Deployments and Containerization

  • Redundant Implementations, Content Negotiation and Idempotent Capabilities
  • Messaging Metadata, State Messaging and Event-Driven Messaging
  • Service Instance Routing, Endpoint Redirection, Service Agents and Intermediate Routing
  • API Gateways and Asynchronous Queuing
  • Data Format Transformation, Data Model Transformation and Protocol Bridging
  • Service Brokers and the Enterprise Service Bus
  • Orchestration and Compensating Service Transactions
  • Composition Autonomy, Entity Linking and State Repositories

Module 8: SOA Design & Architecture Lab with Services & Microservices

This course module allows attendees to apply the technologies, concepts, techniques, patterns and principles previously covered in order to complete a set of design exercises. Participants are required to study case study backgrounds and carry out a series of exercises to solve a number of inter-related problems, with the ultimate goal of applying design patterns to design their own services and service-oriented solutions.

Course Module Contents

  • Lab Exercise Booklet
  • Mind Map Poster

  • Practice Exam Questions
  • PDFs of Exercise Booklet and Poster (printable)

Topics Covered

  • Reading Exercise 8.1: Case Study Background E-Commerce Assist (ECA)
  • Lab Exercise 8.2: Shopping Platform Upgrades
  • Lab Exercise 8.3: Re-Modeling Web Services as REST Services
  • Lab Exercise 8.4: API Gateway and Inventory Endpoint Design
  • Reading Exercise 8.5: Case Study Background FRC

  • Lab Exercise 8.6: Flight Plan Service Re-Design
  • Lab Exercise 8.7: Platform Upgrades
  • Lab Exercise 8.8: Regulatory Compliance Service Architecture
  • Reading Exercise 8.9: Case Study Background Alleywood and Tri-Fold
  • Lab Exercise 8.10: GetERPInvData Service Re-Design

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