Course Category: Information Controls & Security
Course Duration: 1 Day
Hours: 7 Contact Hours

Course Details

This one-day course is designed to provide a brief, practical introduction to enterprise architecture. The course first establishes the need for enterprise architectures and then moves on to discuss the major features of an Enterprise Architecture. This is followed by the core content of the course which is based on a unique and original enterprise architecture framework. The framework offers a simple and easy to understand perspective of enterprise architecture.

Participants will find that the ideas discussed during the course will stimulate their own thinking in regard to enterprise architecture. They will also leave the course armed with a simple enterprise architecture framework that is easy to recall and has practical application in the real world.

The course is suitable for CIOs, CTOs, IT/IS Managers, Consultants, Architects, Analysts, Designers and other IT professionals that need to understand the practical aspects of enterprise architecture.

The course content is based on a chapter submitted by Phil Robinson and Floris Gout for inclusion in Enterprise Systems Architecture in Practice a text book scheduled to be published by Idea Group Inc during 2006.

Course Objectives

  • Establish the need for enterprise architecture
  • Describe the benefits of frameworks and review some of the most popular enterprise architecture frameworks
  • Describe the main features of the eXtreme Architecture Framework (XAF)
  • Use the XAF as the basis for a discussion of typical enterprise architecture content
  • Describe the practical use of an enterprise architecture framework

Course Agenda


What is an Enterprise Architecture?

  • Architecture Defined
  • Enterprise Defined

Why Is It Important?

  • Planning and Executing
    • IT Development
    • Business Process Improvement
    • Enterprise Integration
    • Quality Management
  • Managing
    • Investment in Resources
    • Alignment of Organizational Goals and Processes
    • Development of Policy and Procedure Aligned With Core Missions and/or
    • Business Functions

Analogy with Architecture of Buildings

  • Architectures and the Building Metaphor
    • Cathedrals
    • Shantytowns
  • Enterprise Architectures and the Urban Planing Metaphor
  • A Search for the “Middle Path”
  • The Suburban House Metaphor

The Need For Frameworks

  • The Role of Frameworks
  • Enterprise Architecture Frameworks
    • The Zachman Framework
    • The NIST Framework
    • The TOGAF Framework

Systems and Interoperability

  • Enterprises as Systems
  • Human Activity Systems
    • Industry Sectors
    • Enterprises
    • Business Processes
  • Software Systems
    • Applications
    • Components
  • Representing Enterprise Systems
    • Hierarchies
    • Decomposition
    • Independent and Overlapping
  • The Need for Interoperability

Architectural Views

  • The Need for Architectural Views
  • The NIST Architectural Views
    • Enterprise Architecture
      • Activity
      • Information
      • Software
      • Data
      • Technology
    • Technical Reference Model
    • Standards Profile

The Extreme Architecture Framework

  • Mapping Systems and Architectural Views
  • Presenting the Framework as a Matrix
  • Defining the Meaning of Matrix Cells

Eligibility Requirements to take the PMP Exam

A Taxonomy of Enterprise Architecture Elements

  • Business Elements
    • Human Activity Systems
      • Activities
      • Workflows
      • Subject Areas
      • Information Requirements
    • Software Applications
      • Use Cases
      • Interface Requirements
    • Software Components
      • User Interfaces
    • Information System Elements
      • Human Activity Systems
        • Functional Areas
        • Business Objects
      • Software Applications
        • Functional Requirements
        • Non-Functional Requirements
        • Storage Requirements
      • Software Components
        • Software Architecture
        • Program Code
        • Database Schemas
      • Technology Infrastructure Elements
        • Networks
        • Platforms
        • Component Frameworks and Reference Architectures

Architectural Content

  • Describing Architecture Elements
    • Models, Lists or Definitions
    • Assessments or SWOT Analyses
    • Potential Risks
    • Potential Rewards (Benefits)
    • Vision of Some Desirable, Future State
    • Strategy or Course Of Action
    • Underlying Principles
  • Examples of Architectural Content
  • Identifying Architectural Content

Grouping Framework Cells

  • Standard Grouping of Framework Cells
  • Rows and the Systems Development Life Cycle
  • Columns and Enterprise Architecture Governance
  • Mapping Business and IT Responsibilities
  • Managing Conflict Where Rows Meet Columns
  • Scoping Projects With Arbitrary Areas

Review and Conclusion

Course Category: Information Controls & Security
Course Duration: 1 Day
Hours: 7 Contact Hours