Course Description

There are plenty of other courses that explain what is Enterprise Architecture. This one is different - because the course tutor is someone who has been at the leading edge of Enterprise Architecture since 1984, so he really knows his stuff and knows how to explain it simply and clearly.

This course will:

  • Give you a really clear and simple explanation of what enterprise architecture is
  • It is aimed at anyone studying to become an enterprise architect, anyone planning to use enterprise architecture, and anyone who is just plain curious to know what enterprise architecture is all about
  • The course is not too long, and not too short; and it's well structured so it's easy to dip into and come back to if you need more information

Who is this course aimed at:

  • This course is a complete introduction to this subject. You do not need to know or do anything before starting this course.
  • This course is for students who want a simple and straightforward introduction to Enterprise Architecture.
  • You will benefit from this course if you want to become an Enterprise Architect, or you are training as an architect.
  • The course will be useful to you if you are working in an enterprise using Enterprise Architecture, and you want a better understanding of what this means.
  • You will also find the course useful if you need to explain Enterprise Architecture to colleagues or clients.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain what Enterprise Architecture is
  • Understand what it means to "architect" an enterprise
  • Decide whether they want to become an Enterprise Architect
  • Describe the key things that distinguish Enterprise Architecture from other disciplines
  • Understand some of the popular misconceptions about Enterprise Architecture

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

    What is an "enterprise"?

  • 3

    How do you "architect" an enterprise?

    • Section overview

    • Enterprise Architecture - Process, Disicpline, and Description

    • A reminder - what is the actual architecture of an enterprise

    • Levels of architectural understanding

    • LinkedIn Post: Levels of Architectural Understanding

    • An outline of the process of architecting an enterprise

    • Changing the Enterprise Architecture - managing its evolution

    • An outline of the discipline of enterprise architecture

    • A brief overview of enterprise architecture techniques

    • An outline of enterprise architecture descriptions

    • Architecture frameworks

    • Some useful links: Architecture frameworks

    • A brief summary

    • The Eight Fundamental Factors

  • 4

    Why do we need Enterprise Architecture?

  • 5

    Enterprise Architecture - What is it all about?

    • Section overview

    • Why do we call it "Enterprise" Architecture?

    • EXERCISE: What is your "enterprise"?

    • DOWNLOAD - What is your "Enterprise"?

    • Environment, Organization, Business and Technology

    • What are the unique characteristics of enterprise architecture?

    • Ten unique characteristics of Enterprise Architecture

  • 6

    Why Enterprise Architecture isn't optional

    • Section overview

    • Why isn't enterprise architecture optional?

    • This changes what we measure

    • Measuring effective enterprise architectures

    • The gardening analogy

    • Why EA isn't optional - Key Learning Points

    • Enterprise Architecture isn't optional - some additional points

    • Do you agree that enterprise architecture isn't optional?

  • 7


    • Two things that make Enterprise Architecture unique

    • Do we need enterprise architects?

    • Exercise: What does Enterprise Architecture mean for you?

    • SURVEY: Thank you for taking this course

    • A final word

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