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Becoming a Certified SOA Analyst

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In this article, Marcella Yau provides an overview to the SOASchool.com SOA Analyst Certification program. She examines each of the required course modules and gives a brief summary on the primary topics that are covered. Various tips are provided for exam preparation.

Becoming a Certified SOA Analyst

The SOA Analyst Certification is a formal accreditation that proves proficiency in the areas of service identification and modeling, business process decomposition, and various analysis tasks that pertain to producing conceptual blueprints for services and service portfolios. A Certified SOA Analyst plays an essential role in SOA projects because the blueprints and specifications resulting from service-oriented analysis efforts establish the foundation for services and entire service-oriented solutions that are subsequently designed and created.

In order to achieve this certification, you are required to fully understand the basic concepts, goals, and requirements associated with SOA and service-orientation, with an emphasis on service modeling and the impact of SOA governance requirements.

To become a Certified SOA Analyst, you must complete the following Prometric exams with a passing grade in order :

  • Exam S90.01: Fundamental SOA & Service-Oriented Computing
  • Exam S90.03: SOA Design & Architecture
  • Exam S90.04: SOA Project Delivery & Methodology
  • Exam S90.06: Advanced SOA Analysis & Modeling
  • Exam S90.07: SOA Analysis & Modeling Lab

Let’s focus on what’s covered in the corresponding course modules to better help you prepare for these exams.

Modules 1 and 3: Learning the Fundamentals

The first two modules cover mainly the fundamentals as they provide you with a well-rounded, end-to-end overview of service-oriented computing, the service-oriented architectural model, and the service-orientation design paradigm. These topics also provide the foundational prerequisites necessary for other certifications.

Module 1: Fundamental SOA & Service-Oriented Computing, which corresponds to Exam S90.01, covers the common terminology, concepts, benefits, challenges, and other important industry topics that relate to SOA and service-orientation.

Module 3: SOA Design & Architecture is focused on the service-orientation paradigm, which is a topic vital to understanding what exactly constitutes a software program as being “service-oriented.” Several principles discussed in this module relate to how service candidates are initially modeled during the analysis phase.

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