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Enterprise Architecture and TOGAF are Top IT skills requested by employers in 2013

Pie chart analysis of TOP IT Skills requetsed in job specs 2013

 

IT Jobs Statistics  reveal that within the uk in the last 6 months up August 2013, the IT Jobs market employers cited TOGAF and Enterprise Architecture as their top 2 most desirable skills in their job specifications.

The demand for Eneterprise Architecture and TOGAF were a dominant feature in the IT job specifications showing employers rated these skill highly in their employees.

http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/enterprise%20architect.do (Enterprise Architect Top Related IT Skills by Category section)

Why not ensure that your cv reflects market demand by booking one of our TOGAF courses?  Our weekend and midweek training enable you to obtain TOGAF accreditation, enabling you to develop the skills you need to progress your career development.

 

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Posted: 19-Aug-2013 4:52 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2555 Comments: 2

TOGAF 9.1 Weekend Training August 2013

TOGAF 9.1 weekend training available in London August 2013. Why not book now to obtain TOGAF 9.1 Certification?  Enjoy interaction with other IT and Business Professionals and increase your knowledge of enterprise architecture.

Learn more about Strategic architecture, Enterprise architecture capability, Modelling traceability, tailoring TOGAF, organisational change.

Have the opportunity to practice TOGAF 9.1 Level 1 and Level 2 exam papers. Contact us at EA Dynamics Uk for more information

Posted: 27-Jul-2013 12:14 AM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2325 Comments: 2

How does your organisation view IT within the organisation?

Balanced Score Card
An organisation’s perception of how IT contributes to the organisations bottom line varies widely. Some organisations see IT as an overhead and the strategy is to minimise IT costs, whereas other organisations see IT as leverage to increasing their competitiveness and keeping ahead of competition.  The word innovation is overused , but it is still  a useful catch-all for the various approaches that organisation employs to gain competitive advantage in the market place, both from use of technology, or by utilising a novel approach.


Look within your organisation and identify the main initiatives and use of IT to gauge the overall perception of the IT contribution to the organisation’s revenue stream.  Try and work out whether your organisation is ‘Type1’ – seeing IT as an overhead or ‘Type2’ seeing IT and technology as an enabler.  You may find that your organisation is a ‘Type 3’ - a blend of both, exploiting technology for increased revenue, but continually striving to optimise costs benefit of IT by reuse and strong oversight and governance.

Enterprise Architecture, including TOGAF, incorporates analysis of strategy and strives to align business and IT, harnessing  technology to support organisational goals and objectives. 

Modelling approaches, such as ArchiMate and other Enterprise Modelling help model the organisation top down, starting from the SWOT anlysis, balanced scorecards. Identifying capabilities that support the high level drivers.  These high level analysis  cascades down from the high level initiatives through to individual projects and transitional architectures,  giving traceability from the business strategy through to implementation. The overall model aids communication and colalboration between stakeholder groups and also within the overall organisational business and operational hierarchy.

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Posted: 21-Jun-2013 9:24 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2302 Comments: 3

New Article on technique for Evaluating Architecture Design

ATAM Graphic

This new article explains how the ATAM method (Architectural Trade-off Method) can be used to evaluate architectural options, both from a technical and business perspective. 
The following link explains in more.

www.eadynamicsuk.com/

Posted: 14-Jun-2013 11:58 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 3448 Comments: 2

New ArchiMate Article

Modelling Products and ServicesSubset of a Diagram From MEGA Tool

A new article 6 Reasons why you should be using ArchiMate is now on the Knowledgebase

To read more please Click Here

 

Posted: 06-Jun-2013 4:46 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2402 Comments: 2

Article on Architecture Modelling and ArchiMate

Why not read our new article related to Enterprise Architectural thinking and ArchiMate?

Connecting the Architectural world to the Operational World

Archimate Diagram ExampleWe can all agree that ArchiMate is a mechanism to model the architecture of an organisation. In this we mean we model the “types” of things in the organisation rather than actual instances of things. Our world is one of standard patterns and designs which can be implemented again and again. For instance, if we use construction as our example, we might hold a pattern library of standard design constructs. A door will be 37 inches wide and 6 feet and 8 inches high with 3 hinges at 10 inches from either end and one in the centre with a handle and catch placed 42 inches from the top. We can use this standard pattern in all our designs. We can have a standard pattern for a bathroom stating it must have a bath, shower, sink and lavatory, a door (to our standard pattern stated elsewhere), and any principles that govern this room such as electrical safety or min and max distances and any requirements we might place on the components. We can then build designs using these patterns. Our bathroom will have these components of these make and model, placed in these positions, connected in this way etc. We are not modelling instances of the bathroom traditionally.

Read more:- Link to Article discussing architectural modelling and Archimate:-

Architectural thinking and ArchiMate Modelling

Posted: 05-Jun-2013 3:08 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2662 Comments: 2

Archimate Quiz

How good is your knowledge of the different types and purpose of the Archimate Diagrams?  This multiple choice quiz tests your knowledge of the Archimate diagram purpose.  If you are studying for the Archimate certification then it is just extra practice to test what you have learnt.

 

Link to Quiz page

 

Posted: 30-May-2013 9:26 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 4030 Comments: 2

What tools can be used with the Archimate Metamodel?

Tools used for Archimate Modelling.

If you wish to learn more about Archimate – how can you practice and use the functionality to get up to speed?


There is a free, open source, cross platform tool and editor named Archi that can be easily downloaded and used. Archi is targeted towards all levels of Enterprise Architects and Enterprise Modellers.

Open source Archi is free and can be accessed at  -  http://archi.cetis.ac.uk/

Most of the existing tools such as Mega, Sparx EA, BizzDesign, Orbussoftware, ARIS (and lots of others) include Archimate as ONE of their many options from their range of metamodels on offer.
 

Either use one of these for a trial period, or download Archi as an open source option so that you can try out the modelling functionality for yourself

Posted: 22-May-2013 2:59 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 12038 Comments: 3

Managing Change Effectively

A new article focused on managing the EA landscape and focusing on business value, risk, managing costs and innovation across the EA landscape can be found on the following link.

Has your business effective insight into the enterprise landscape?  Do you have sufficient insight into the number and types of applications, and understand their purpose and contribution to business margin? Is there visibility and transparency of where each application is used, what data it accesses and the technologies the applications usage?

 

Build and embrace a dashboard and reporting system which will help you monitor and measure key metrics

 

http://www.eadynamicsuk.com/?name=pages&page=Managing_EA_landscape

Posted: 20-May-2013 8:46 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2312 Comments: 1

TOGAF Weekend Course In Bristol

New TOGAF 9,1 weekend courses are now scheduled in the Bristol area - ideal for anyone who wants to learn TOGAF in the BRISTOL, Newport, Cardiff area. 

Please look on our course calendar for details:- http://www.eadynamicsuk.com/?name=pages&page=TOGAF_Calendar or request details on our contact page http://www.eadynamicsuk.com/?name=contact

 

Posted: 03-Apr-2013 2:34 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2339 Comments: 2

Courses available in Central London

Courses avaiable in Euston, Central London for April and May TOGAF 9.1 Courses.  Book now to avoid disapointment.

Posted: 25-Mar-2013 1:00 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2351 Comments: 1

More TOGAF Exam Questions

More practice Level 1 and Level 2 questions are available to help prepare for the exam. 

We take time to include going through practice questions and model answers during and after the course to ensure our delegates are well prepared.

Posted: 20-Mar-2013 9:13 AM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2438 Comments: 4

Enterprise Architecture Skillset trends and demand

Delegates feedback shows a desire to increase their skill set to meet the growing requirement for Enterprise Architects who combine technical knowledge (e.g. technology, software and infrastructure related knowledge within an enterprise context) with an in depth understanding of business technology strategy and human dynamics. 

Their feedback confirms that EA Dynamics UK provides a focused hub of expertise and resources that help them to achieve their career development goals and provide a stimulating learning environment for developing the interdisciplinary mix required by today's organisations.

Why not view delegate feedback here and give us a call to discuss your requirements on +44(0) 1443 449886 or email info:eadynamicsuk.com

Posted: 07-Jan-2013 2:30 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2422 Comments: 3

Maturity Models and Enterprise Architecture

Architecture Maturity and TOGAF

Enterprise Architecture requires various architectural process areas and capabilities to be in place in order to operate effectively. Based on the transformation activity and maturity levels currently in the organisation, the amount of effort and focus of the enterprise architecture effort required varies for per organisation, based on their priorities and needs.  Essentially, the maturity model must constantly evolve based on business strategy, drivers and organisational needs.

The following picture highlights the main areas central to effective enterprise architecture.

 

Enterprise Architecture Capability Maturity Model
 

TOGAF advocates the use of maturity models as a tool to assess the current status of an organisation (within a predefined scope and process area(s)).  The clear mappings of the process maturity levels both at current and future states make it an ideal tool to communicate the planned roadmap.


By creating a simple Excel spread sheet analysing Enterprise Architecture Areas, a radar graph can be generated to show current and existing target states – along with competitors or benchmark scores for the area in question.


Graphical representation of the maturity levels can be easily generated via excel:-

Using Excel to map enterprise architecture maturity

Maturity models usually define the characteristics and behaviours shown at the various process levels. The current and future desired states can also be clearly communicated via the maturity model.


Maturity models can systematically assess evolving capabilities – and by analysing the business strategy and business needs can pinpoint process maturity areas and/or capabilities that require attention.   By using maturity models a clear plan can be defined to show how the business can successfully transition to the target model.  The organization can compare itself with other companies in the industry, as well as  in the national and international environment, allowing benchmarking against  a wider environment.

Converting capability maturity model excel figures into Enterprise architecture Radar Graph
The above diagram categorises the typical enterprise architecture capabilities.  As organisations plan their activities to improve their enterprise architecture capabilities, the Maturity levels can be assessed by using the maturity model. 


By understanding areas that are currently underperforming and/or identifying capability areas that are insufficient to enable effective transition to the future state, the current and target maturity levels can be charted and road mapped in line with business needs and business strategy .  The activities of the planned work can be prioritised as required and focus should be honed in on areas that will improve performance, quality and capabilities in line with business drivers.


For example, an organisation may conclude, after assessing their project management and programme management capabilities,that their current project management capabilities are sufficient – however their architecture procurement capability is insufficient for the transformation effort that is being planned.


They may feel that unless work is done to improve this capability, future architectural work will be at risk.  The planned architectural work and priorities become more apparent as the maturity assessment and analysis progresses, due to participants being provided with insight into the business capabilities required to achieve their business goals and objectives. 


It is the enterprise architecture team, collaborating and guided by the CIO (Chief Information Officer) and key business stakeholders, who will produce the architecture roadmap and target capabilities.  The Enterprise architecture strategy and architecture roadmap will give a clear indication of the work and capabilities to achieve the target operating model.   The CIO (Chief Information Officer), works closely with top management to translate business strategy into an aligned, supporting IT strategy. 


Capability Model

The Chief Enterprise Architect and team will work with the stakeholders to elaborate this effort and assess how the transformation and merging strategy affects the enterprise architecture current landscape, processes and people.  The maturity model tool can be used to support the analysis and assessment and consequently be a useful communication tool to show the business where the main focus of the effort is required.
 

Posted: 17-Dec-2012 3:01 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 7787 Comments: 8

 


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