Introduction to Enterprise Architecture

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

Businesses today are fast moving and in a constant cycle of change and adaptation. One of the key disciplines to support you in this change journey is the discipline of "architecting" a business. Commonly referred to as enterprise architecture, the discipline will help you understand: WHY you should change WHAT needs to change HOW you should change You’ll begin with an overview of the architecture discipline and be introduced to one of the more common frameworks to help you with architecting your business - The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®). You will also be introduced to techniques for building an effective architecture team. The course is highly relevant to those of you who are looking to increases your skills in designing businesses for the future. If you are looking to design your business to be more effective, part of an architecture team looking to improvement opportunities, or an individual looking to increase your skills to make you more marketable, this course is relevant for you.

Course Instructors

Craig Martin

Craig is the Chief Architect at Enterprise Architects. His career spans more than 20 years in consulting, business innovation and development, ranging from large-scale projects within global consultancies to launching and designing new businesses that have grown and been acquired. As a business owner and architect he has a keen understanding of business challenges and the challenges faced by the architecture discipline to delivering against these.Craig has been a strong advocate of finding differentiation in business through identifying new mixes of customer experience, product and service offerings as well as business capability. He believes, in today’s business landscape, those companies that do not mix and optimise how they assemble their capabilities will struggle to compete. This means having an understanding of the building blocks of the organisation, and finding new and innovative ways to assemble and mix these to create new and more effective value streams.

Course Description

What's it about?

Businesses today are fast moving and in a constant cycle of change and adaptation. One of the key disciplines to support you in this change journey is the discipline of "architecting" a business.

Businesses today are fast moving and in a constant cycle of change and adaptation. One of the key disciplines to support you in this change journey is the discipline of "architecting" a business.

Commonly referred to as enterprise architecture, the discipline will help you understand:

  • WHY you should change
  • WHAT needs to change
  • HOW you should change

You’ll begin with an overview of the architecture discipline and be introduced to one of the more common frameworks to help you with architecting your business - The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®). You will also be introduced to techniques for building an effective architecture team.

The course is highly relevant to those of you who are looking to increases your skills in designing businesses for the future. If you are looking to design your business to be more effective, part of an architecture team looking to improvement opportunities, or an individual looking to increase your skills to make you more marketable, this course is relevant for you.

What's involved?

Module 1An Enterprise Architecture Framework
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Enterprise Architecture Development
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Transformation Planning
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Establishing an Enterprise Architecture Practice
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • What enterprise architecture is and the value it provides to businesses
  • How you can use enterprise architecture to assist businesses in achieving their goals and objectives
  • A widely accepted industry framework for enterprise architecture, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®), including how to:
    • Articulate and explore business change
    • Highlight the impact of change throughout an organisation
    • Effectively structure your plans for business change
    • Ensure that the business change is effectively managed so that you stay on course or understand the impacts of altering it
  • How to establish an enterprise architecture practice within a business
  • The roles and skills required within an enterprise architecture practice
  • Possible careers paths for enterprise architects

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is 4 hours 20 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

If you love this course, why not take your studies further? Here are some accredited qualifications that could help you achieve your goals.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Enterprise architect
  • Business analyst

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