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New TOGAF 9.1 Video

Please feel free to view the new video clip outlining the TOGAF 9.1 use of the Content framework.

 

This video looks at how users can use the content framework in order to create, analyse and store their assets whilst developing the taget models.  It covers the concepts, uses of the content framework and then follows on with examples within a modelling environment.

 

We hope you find this of benefit.

 

Posted: 01-Aug-2014 12:45 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 1631 Comments: 3

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: 2333 Comments: 2

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: 3456 Comments: 2

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: 2553 Comments: 3

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: 2672 Comments: 2

Enterprise Architecture Modelling Traceability

One of the fundamental strengths of enterprise architecture is the management of the EA across the global enterprise – both in the breadth of coverage – geographically and agreement of functional scope included in the transformation along with the hierarchical coverage – Strategic, operational and granular project level.
At the top level the level of detail and is broad and strategic.  Here the goals, drivers and direction setting of the business are formed.  When looking at how this affects the overall business transformation often the balanced scorecard can help to identify the high level goals, drivers and objectives that are relevant to the transformation.
The enterprise architects can then derive a high level set of principles to help guide the projects as they develop the solutions.
The goals, drivers, scope and principles can be stated in a projects request For Architecture Work giving the project visibility of Why this solution is being developed.  During the vision phase the project has the opportunity to validate the scope, objectives, constraints and principles.

Traceability to Business Goals

Link to full article

www.eadynamicsuk.com/

Posted: 23-May-2013 6:32 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2410 Comments: 2

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: 3900 Comments: 1

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: 2320 Comments: 1

Comparison of Enterprise architecture and Solutions Perspective

New Knowledgebase article comparing and contrasting the enterprise architect and solutions perspectives

 

Link to article comparing the EA and Solution perspective

Are EA Job descriptions always realistic

Posted: 04-Apr-2013 8:36 AM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2385 Comments: 2

 


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