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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.

 

Click here to see out TOGAF 9.1 accredited training calandar

Posted: 19-Aug-2013 4:52 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2908 Comments: 2

ArchiMate Courses

 

Feedback from ArchiMate Courses

ArchiMate Delegates
 
 
Many thanks to the delegates for their valuable feedback on recent courses.


Here is a selection of  delegate feedback:


" Thank you for explaining the necessary steps to map out our organisations capabilities - it was extremely useful to discuss the best approach and see other examples from different organisations."

" Many thanks for providing a practical guide and relaxed environment where we could work through scenarios, discuss as a group and see the bigger picture "


" I found the practical exercises extremely beneficial and now looking forward to using ArchiMate at the office."

 

" The course enabled me to understand where we can use the ArchiMate modelling to support to the modelling we already cover at Project Level.  I am looking forward to getting back to the office and using it for developing our own model"


" I can really see the benefit of the Migration Planning and Motivation extensions - I aim to use these to get more traction with the business - not only does it clearly communicate the baseline and target to the technical team,  the views encourages collaboration and understanding for business and project management stakeholders"

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ArchiMate courses are offered as either onsite or public courses.  We offer Archimate Midweek Course, ArchiMate bespoke courses tailored to organisational needs and ArchiMate Weekend Courses for delegates who prefer not to disrupt their working week pattern
 
On site courses often include debate on how best to approach particular organisational debate on how best to develop their enterprise architecture.
Public courses also benefit from classroom debate where various scenarios encountered by delegates can be outlined and discussed on potential approaches.
 
 

 

 

Posted: 19-Aug-2013 12:59 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2441 Comments: 2

Enterprise Architecture Modelling

If you want to learn more about communicating enterprise architecture more effectively, why not learn more about enterprise architecture modelling?  Learn how to articulate and manage organisational change and business transformations.

You will have the opportunity to learn which views and viewpoints are suitable means of engaging with various types of organisational stakeholders.  The range of modelling techniques begin at the strategic layer - SWOT analysis, balanced scorecard, modelling goals, drivers objectives, formulating KP'IS and benefit maps.  The model can help manage portfolios and you will be able to model the organisation from various perspectives:- products and services, capabilities and architecture landscape.

Learn how to develop reusable packages and assets - have the opportunity to create and manage variants, links and instances, structuring the assets and partitioning the architecture landscape to best effect.

We offer ArchiMate Certification, Data Modelling, UML, BPMN and Bespoke courses tailored to organisational and individual requirements.

Dont just think about it - try out the course and have some hands on practice giving you the start you need to articulate the business needs and Architectural Solutions including options analysis examples. 

Our ArchiMate and Enterprise Architecture Modelling courses are available midweek and weekend.

Posted: 27-Jul-2013 12:37 AM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2588 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.

 Read more.....

Posted: 21-Jun-2013 9:24 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2618 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: 3790 Comments: 3

Can you predict the future?

 

It can be argued that nobody can always accurately predict the future, especially with all the permutations and combinations that life throws at us. But we can get a more accurate insight into our enterprise architecture landscape by using modelling techniques to help obtain visibility of the landscape.


Help gain an understanding of when application end of life and the technologies it relies on could cause issues without some proactive action being taken before it becomes an issue.

Accurately track applications lifecycles and ensure they align with the business plans -ensuring mission critical applications are finely tuned and ensure silent running of your services. 

Why not enquire about our modelling courses to gain a better insight? Learn how to apply architecture tradeoff analysis techniques and run scenarios to assess possible solutions.

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We offer architectural thinking courses, Archimate, System modelling courses in addition to our TOGAF 9.1 training Please feel free to enquire.

 

Posted: 14-Jun-2013 9:59 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2861 Comments: 3

TOGAF 9.1 Weekend Training

TOGAF 9.1 weekend training is available each month.  Why not book your on the July Course and thke the first step to becoming TOGAF 9.1 certified.

Courses for a group can be run anywhere in the UK.  Please feel free to enquire for group bookings.

Posted: 14-Jun-2013 9:25 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2501 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: 2735 Comments: 2

Archimate Training Course Calendar

Link to Course Calendar

EA Dynamics UK Archimate Training LogoThe ArchiMate Training Course Calendar is now launched for both Weekend and Midweek ArchiMate Courses.  EA Dynamics Uk recognises that some delegates prefer weekend training and we offer Archimate for both Midweek and weekend Training Courses.

 

Why not develop enterprise architecture modelling  expertise NOW and obtain Archimate Certification where you will be added to the Open Group Archimate Certification register?


The course calendar offers ArchiMate Training at venues in London - but EA Dynamics Uk can offer training at ANY venue location if there are any groups or companies that prefer a different location.

 

Posted: 05-Jun-2013 5:02 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2659 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: 2982 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: 4422 Comments: 6

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: 12357 Comments: 3

What is Archimate?

Archimate Layered ViewArchimate is a recognised Open Technical Standard from the Open Group related to enterprise architecture modelling - it includes defined language to support descriptions, analysis and visualisation of architecture within and across the enterprise architecture domains with a clear and defined method.


The level of detail between the views is tailored at various stakeholder groups.  High Level Views found in the motivational extension for example, includes linking goals, drivers and functionality to the requirements and business layer helping to ensure a business driven approach is applied to the solution. 


The flexibility of the layered view give individual stakeholders a bird’s eye view of the target model whilst other supporting view then models the various sub elements making up the various domains and with defined structure showing how the various domains inter-relate.  Therefore Archimate builds a model that responds to the various stakeholder’s requirements and perspectives, without the granular detail required to develop detailed code such as UML.


The Archimate view does not delve into the detailed modelling utilised by software developers who model in more granular detail, but Archimate sits above this layer – enabling a more cohesive view of the landscape rather than the traditional silo’ed approach. The UML modelling provides more detailed software related views, thus complementing the modelling analysis, enabling a broader, shallower analysis of the landscape giving the overall 'big picture' and the baseline and target model states and planned increments.


Archimate does include the essential components in each domain layer – both the active, passive and behavioural aspects within each layer.  Archimate also differentiates between the external and internal view elements of the system, including the use of interfaces as the defined point of access.

 

 

Archimate ExtensionsArchimate complements TOGAF framework well and the course shows various examples of the analysis done in the various Architecture Development Method (ADM) phases.
The Archimate course gives users the opportunity to take a case study and work through the various ADM phases to develop a clear picture of how enterprise architecture can be practically applied and provide the information necessary to successfully transform the business to an agreed target state.

Note: Open Group Graphics
 

Posted: 22-May-2013 1:31 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 4230 Comments: 1

Weekend and Midweek TOGAF9.1 course June 2013 in London

A TOGAF 9.1 midweek course on June 10-13 June 2013 is running in London near Euston and a TOGAF 9.1 weekend course is being run 08/09 June 2013 & 15/16 June.  Book now to avoid disappointment.

Posted: 21-May-2013 10:22 AM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2731 Comments: 3

TOGAF Certification Is A Great Way To Strengthen Your Business

Picture strengthening business - teamworkTOGAF is The Open Group Architecture Framework, which is basically a framework or a set of methods for effective enterprise architecture, providing a comprehensive approach for the design, planning, implementation and governance of an enterprise’s information architecture. Why is TOGAF certification important and how can it be adapted to your business?

 

Advantages Of Changing Business Processes With TOGAF

 

The main advantage of having TOGAF certification is the knowledge of how systems related to businesses actually work. TOGAF is a great way of ‘demystifying’ architecture development of enterprises, and another great feature is that with TOGAF knowledge you will be able to align IT to develop business capabilities.

 

For businesses TOGAF provides practical and effective methods to develop enterprise architecture. Why is it important? One of the main points is that well-documented and well-understood enterprise architecture enables the company to respond quickly to changes in the environment where the company is operating. Also, having TOGAF certification for a business will also help to ensure that the central components of the company continue to operate smoothly through the changes.

 "Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes"
  -  Peter F. Drucker

Complete Transparency Of Business With TOGAF Certification

 

After taking part in the exams to get a TOGAF certification, you will notice that your company will harvest great benefits from implementing the enterprise architecture. Organic approaches to business mean it’s responding to the changing environment instead of ignoring it, therefore with TOGAF and TOGAF certification you can be sure that maximum transparency of all your internal functions are completely clear and the best ways of achieving business goals are now comprehensively explained; taking into account guiding principles, organisation structure, business processes, people or stakeholders, applications, data and infrastructure and technologies upon which networks and systems are built.

 

For more information visit our website www.eadynamicsuk.com/ or call 01443 449886

 

Posted: 08-May-2013 1:28 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2703 Comments: 3

Why Use TOGAF TRM

For delegates looking to better understand the core taxonomy that defines the application platform entity, EA Dynamics UK has produced an article on the TOGAF TRM taxonomy.  Firstly, before reading, it is useful to understand the context of why the TOGAF TRM can (or should) be used.  Many orgainsations have their own TRM which fits their organisational needs, so is the TOGAF TRM reference model still useful?

See the article at www.eadynamicsuk.com/

Posted: 25-Feb-2013 7:01 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 3058 Comments: 45

TOGAF TRM Detail analysis

Some delegates recently have shown interest in understanding more of the detail behind the TOGAF TRM reference model.  A new article in the knowledgebase gives more context to the Platform application list of services by showing the detail of the next layer down.  Why not take a look

www.eadynamicsuk.com/

 

Posted: 25-Feb-2013 6:15 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 3062 Comments: 19

 


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Open Group Certification logo is a trademark and TOGAF is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. TOGAF® 9 Practitioner Certification Training Level 1 and 2 is an Accredited TOGAF 9 Training Course and complies with the accreditation requirements for The Open Group TOGAF Certification for People program