Course Description

A straightforward and common-sense introduction that explains what Enterprise Architecture is, and why we need it.

Learn about the key concepts and techniques in Enterprise Architecture that make it a unique and important discipline.

Master practical tips and examples that make it much easier to understand and explain what enterprise architecture (EA) is all about, and why it is so useful. This tutorial is aimed at all EA practitioners and anyone who wants to understand what Enterprise Architecture is, and why it is necessary.

  • A straightforward and common-sense introduction to EA
  • Straightforward explanations and examples
  • Gain simple advice using a practical approach and real-life case studies
  • Understand how Enterprise Architecture really works in practice
  • Learn how to explain EA to all stakeholders

Powerful and Practical Tips to Build Your Career as an Architect

Enterprise Architecture is increasingly recognized as a vital information-age discipline. And there are many well-established architecture frameworks and methodologies.

But certification and training programs don't always describe EA in a simple and straight-forward way.

This course fills that gap: giving you practical tips and examples that show you how to explain what Enterprise Architecture is, and how it delivers benefits and value. Many of the ideas in this course are missing in EA training courses.

The number of individuals gaining enterprise architecture through standard training programs is increasing by over 12,000 people per year! Training as an Enterprise Architect is therefore a smart career move.

Simply put - there has never been a better time to get trained as an Enterprise Architect. To stand out from the crowd you need to make sure that you know how to apply and use your EA skills.

Learn and master how to explain and justify Enterprise Architecture in this simple and straightforward course.

If you are already in an architecture role, or just starting out on a career as an architect, then this course will show you the most effective ways to talk about Enterprise Architecture with your stakeholders and sponsors.

Contents and Overview

I designed this course for two reasons:

  1. There is a lot of unnecessary confusion about the role and purpose of Enterprise Architecture. Enterprise Architecture - the key concepts eliminates these misunderstandings.
  2. Most official certification courses or training programs in Enterprise Architecture don't really explain how EA works in practice. Enterprise Architecture - the key concepts fills that gap.

This course explains what Enterprise Architecture is all about, and shows in detail exactly how to engage with stakeholders and explain it to them.

It explains the things in Enterprise Architecture that are confusing, and gives you practical and useful materials that you can use in your day-to-day work as an enterprise architect.

Above all, this course explains Enterprise Architecture so that it makes sense, and so that you can become confident in applying your EA knowledge in the real world.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no specific prerequisites. Everything you need is explained in the course.
  • All you need is a basic understanding of Enterprise Architecture in general, and a desire to understand how it is really used in practice.

What will you get from this course?

  • Lectures, videos, exercises, tips and guidelines
  • Useful online links and resources that can be freely downloaded and used

What is the target audience?

  • The course is aimed at enterprise architects who need practical ways to demonstrate and prove the value in using enterprise architecture.
  • It will also be useful to students training to become an enterprise architect, who need to really understand what enterprise architecture is all about.
  • It is also ideal for anyone in a business or IT role who needs to understand why enterprise architecture is so vital.
  • Executive sponsors and senior managers will understand where enterprise architecture fits, and how it adds value.

Enterprise Architect - trainer, mentor, and coach

Roger Evernden

My name is Roger Evernden. I’ve been an enterprise architect since 1984, specializing in the highly practical use of EA to manage organizational transformation. I work as advisor, mentor, and coach on EA initiatives, lead training workshops, and write regularly about strategy and architecture. I provide a unique combination of training and tools to help architects and their teams throughout an EA program and at each capability level. These online training modules provide a thorough grounding of all key techniques, with practical examples, exercises, and demonstrations. As architect of the Information FrameWork (IFW), I helped pioneer many contemporary EA techniques, including the use of industry reference models, business capability analysis, and component-based building blocks. My work has been the basis for more than 400 business and IT architecture initiatives worldwide. I write extensively about enterprise architecture and TOGAF®, and my articles have appeared in major publications and books, including the seminal article on IFW in IBM's Systems Journal. I am author of two books about EA: Enterprise Architecture — The Eight Fundamental Factors and 101 Lessons from Enterprise Architecture. I work as an independent consultant, and as a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business & Enterprise Architecture practice.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Architecture Frameworks

    • Section overview

    • What is an architecture framework?

    • Why are there so many architecture frameworks?

    • Using a metaframework

    • Key Learning Points

    • The Eight Fundamental Factors

    • The Eight Factors - Extract from "EA - the Eight Fundamental Factors

  • 3

    Stakeholder concerns and requirements

    • Section overview

    • Stakeholders, Viewpoints and Concerns

    • A link to the ISO 42010 standard

    • Concerns versus architecture requirements

    • Viewpoints and Views

    • An ArchiMate description of Architecture Viewpoints

    • Managing Views and Viewpoints

  • 4

    Architecture, Description, Process, and Discipline

    • Section overview

    • Architecture, Description, Process, and Discipline

    • Architecture as Description

    • Presentation Types

    • Architecture as Process

    • Architecture as Discipline

    • TOGAF® Architecture Skills Framework

  • 5

    Architecture Domains

    • Section overview

    • Common Domains and Sub-Domains

    • Two ways to present domains

    • Domain Analysis - Layers and pillars

    • Domain Analysis - Separation of Concerns

    • Architecture Domains - Key Learning Pointa

    • Separation of Concerns

    • Ping Pong Process

  • 6

    The Metamodel and Meta Levels

    • Section overview

    • The Metamodel

    • What are meta levels?

    • An example using the meta levels

    • Why do we need meta levels?

    • Meta Levels - Key Learning Points

  • 7

    Integrating Viewpoints and Views

  • 8

    Common Pitfalls in Enterprise Architecture

    • Section overview - common pitfalls to avoid with Enterprise Architecture

    • #1: What are the common pitfalls in EA?

    • #2: What do you mean by "architectural advice"?

    • #3: How does EA work in a smaller organization?

    • #4: How can we make the transition from architecture to solution?

    • #5: How do we balance future needs versus immediate solutions?

    • #6: How do we get useful artifacts from the EA team?

    • #7: At what stage should we introduce EA?

    • #8: At what level of maturity should we use an EA framework?

    • #9: How can we measure the performance of the EA team?

    • #10: Common EA Pitfalls - a summary

  • 9

    EXERCISE - EA Pitfalls

    • Overview of Exercise - Pitfalls

    • EXERCISE - Which EA pitfalls does your EA team need to avoid?


    • EXERCISE DISCUSSION - Closing the Gap


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