Enterprise Architecture Fundamentals Workshop

A 2007 Gartner survey found that 40% of all enterprise architecture efforts were failing or had failed. One of the primary reasons for these failed attempts at enterprise architecture is that no one really knows what it is or how to properly establish and run an effective enterprise architecture program. Interestingly enough, a 2015 Gartner survey showed that 70% of all businesses were looking to start or restart their enterprise architecture programs. That’s where this 2-day workshop comes in.

Enterprise architecture is more than drawing lots of enterprise-level future-state architecture diagrams – it is about being able to bridge the gap between business needs and IT capabilities, integrate systems across the enterprise, consolidate information from various systems, and knowing when and how to use enterprise architecture models. In short, its about effectively leading change across the organization. In this 2-day workshop you'll learn what enterprise architecture is, the modern role of an enterprise architect, how to do effective enterprise modeling, and how to create effective enterprise roadmaps to help the enterprise achieve its goals. 

I'll start the course by describing what enterprise architecture is and why it is so important to an organization. We'll look at how enterprise architecture is structured and some of the dimensions of enterprise architecture. I'll then move into discussing some of the approaches of EA and why some approaches work and others don't. Next, we'll take a look at various EA strategies and through hands-on exercises discover which ones are best suited for specific scenarios. 

We'll then move onto the largest part of the course, which covers modeling techniques and frameworks. I'll describe various enterprise modeling techniques and illustrate through real-world examples how these models work and what sort of questions they answer. We'll take a look at lean approaches to modeling, and also take a quick look at the ArchiMate language standard specification from the Open Group and why it's relevant within the context of enterprise architecture. We'll then move on to enterprise architecture frameworks, specifically Zachman, TOGAF, and FEA. You'll see how these frameworks work and what differentiates one framework from another, and also some of the pros and cons of these frameworks. Through hands-on exercises we'll then use real-world examples to learn how to leverage modeling techniques to solve specific enterprise architecture initiatives. 

The next sections of the course deal with enterprise architecture techniques used to transform an enterprise. We'll look at data-related transformation techniques and also system-related transformation techniques. I'll also show you how you can leverage service-oriented architecture as a way to help transform an enterprise by leveraging the concepts of SOA rather than expensive and complex tools and products. I'll then show you how to build an effective enterprise architecture roadmap, and also show you several techniques for how to effectively communicate your enterprise architecture models, roadmaps, and decisions. Finally, I'll close the course by talking about how to build an effective and agile modern enterprise architecture practice.

You can find more details about the training course, as well as the course outline, locations, and schedules by going to the NFJS training website at http://www.nofluffjuststuff.com/n/training/schedule. 

© Mark Richards 2016