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Data Management Skills requested for Enterprise Architecture Related Roles

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

To embark on an EA related career the recommended initial steps are to obtain TOGAF 9.1 accreditation.
Once you have obtained these skills what are your next steps to develop your Enterprise Architecture or IT related career?

The IT UK Watch charts below show how Data Management Related Skills are an essential part of an Enterprise Architecture related Role. ( See yellow highlights on Data related skillsets below) 
 

IT Watch data related skillsets for Enterprise architecture roles

To corroborate the chart the EA skills framework is also referenced with the data management related skills highlighted in yellow.

Data Management related skills shown in Enterprise Architecture Skills Framework

The skills framework shows the breadth of knowledge expected by an Enterprise Architect and the Level confirms that an Enterprise Architect skillset should have a depth of knowledge for Data Design and Modelling, Transaction Processing and Data Management

Our Data Modelling and Data Management training course has the depth and content to ensure that your data management skillset is strengthened, enabling you to develop your Data Design, transaction processing and Data Management skillset to the required level for an Enterprise Architecture Role.
 

Visit our web site to find out more about our Data Management Course

EA Dynamics UK  Enterprise Architecture Course Calandar

 

EA Dynamics UK Data Modelling Course Syllabus





 

Posted: 19-Aug-2013 6:16 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 4221 Comments: 2

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: 2729 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: 2308 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: 2433 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: 2511 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: 2477 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: 3634 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.

applicationAnalysis

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: 2704 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: 2369 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: 2585 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: 2505 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: 2833 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: 12207 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: 4072 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: 2592 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: 2480 Comments: 1

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: 2558 Comments: 3

Organisational Change For Your Business With EA Dynamics UK

 

"The best way to predict your future is to create it"


  - Peter F Drucker

Orgainsiational Change When a business fails to achieve what it has set out to do, one contributor may be internal problems related to the core of the business activities and functions; as well as badly understood  interactions with other departments coupled with poorly defined responsibilities. Frequently, all kinds of businesses ignore the obvious change in their environment and experience very slow growth or none at all. To improve business performance, why not ensure the relevant roles within the organisation obtain TOGAF certification.  This will enable the business to understand and utilise proven best practice to support organisational change and transformation.

 

TOGAF Certification For Effective And Efficient Organisational Change

 

Larger global businesses or business enterprises sometimes get caught up in their functions the processes that support operations become fragmented and inefficient, which results in internal chaos. TOGAF certification will provide you with the framework, tools and skillsets needed to develop enterprise architecture, allowing you to review what each and every department is doing, addressing the problems based on mission criticality and business drivers.

 

After analysis, design and implementation successful organisational change is realised by ensuring the stated benefits are tracked to ensure the outcomes are successfully achieved. The proven enterprise architecture approach will allow you to lower your business operation and management costs, have a more agile organisation with a more flexible workforce and improve your business productivity.

 

Numerous Benefits Of TOGAF Certification For Your Business

 

Other key benefits include more efficient IT operations with reduced complexity in business and IT, lower costs in software development, support and maintenance. Organisation has proven that project development timescales have reduced from 9 months to 3 months by utilising and managing their assets as reusable building blocks and design patterns.  This approach has helped to reduce timescales by ‘Design once, use many times’ approach.

 

As well as this, TOGAF can help your business achieve more clarity in the core activities and goals which, after each function of each business unit is streamlined, resulting in smoother operations and increased adaptability to the changing environment, together with the lowered costs in all departments. 

 

Tactical, short term projects that focus on immediate problems in one operational area often result in fragmented, duplicated landscape.  The broader, more strategic analysis of the landscape help to ensure license costs, functionality and capabilities are optimised, enabling the business to concentrate on achieving their business goals, not fire fighting and wrestling with out of date, legacy systems.

 

With EA Dynamics UK your team will be trained on TOGAF and given insight into the techniques, methodologies and tools essential in enterprise architecture. With our workshops and exercises your delegates will understand the theory and be confident to apply it in their companies and organisations.

 

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

 

Posted: 08-May-2013 1:22 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2479 Comments: 3

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: 2552 Comments: 2

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: 2497 Comments: 2

How much time is required to study for the TOGAF 9.1 exam?

 

Egg timer showing time element of time taken to study TOGAG 9.1 materialsThis is the typical question that is often asked by delegates who are thinking of attending the course.

The honest answer is that the time required to study does vary widely per delegate.  This is because it depends on your ability to absorb new information and also the amount of NEW information required varies based on previous experience.

Many delegates have previous experience relating to business analysis, design and planning disciplines and also find that some experience of other frameworks such as COBIT, PRINCE and ITIL actually help and support understanding of the TOGAF framework.

By attending a course we go through all the content that is required to answer the exam questions and also include hands on practice.  This means by the end of the course you have an awareness of any knowledge gaps and how much more work is required prior to sitting the exam.

Being part of a class, given real life examples of the course content helps provide clarity and understanding of the concepts.  Many delegates have previously tried to read the TOGAF materials themselves but found it heavy going through the book.  The course helps to bring the content to life and help you to focus away from everyday pressures and work, so that you have time to absorb the materials and take the exam with more confidence.

Having the debate from the course also gives the opportunity to look at tailoring and real life scenarios of how parts of TOGAF can be pragmatically applied within an organisation.  It is not a case of use everything that you read in TOGAF and during the course lively debate will give examples to give more context to its application.  Please feel free to call if you have any queries regarding studying and the TOGAF training.

Posted: 28-Mar-2013 1:22 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 3095 Comments: 1

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: 2887 Comments: 32

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: 2877 Comments: 9

TOGAF Trained Architects

On a lighter note when studying TOGAF and Enterprise Architecture ther is an amusing cartoon that one of the delegates showed us.  If you fancy a chuckle why not have a look.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5uOhUN-bbo

 

 

Posted: 16-Feb-2013 12:54 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2620 Comments: 3

Basic Overview of TOGAF


This article gives a brief overview of TOGAF that can be referred to from other papers rather than repeating the TOGAF overview per article .

TOGAF®, an Open Group standard is a member driven global technology and vendor neutral consortium, with over 350 member organisations, with headquarters in 31 countries. The organisation formed in 1996 is The Open Group. TOGAF® services include management, strategy, standards, certification, test development, innovation and research.


By using an overarching framework such as TOGAF®, a top down, holistic approach is applied, with guidance on development overseen by an architectural perspective. High level principles ensure the various parts of the enterprise employ a consistent approach to business transformation, in line with the long term IT roadmap that supports the business. High level principles are clearly stated, such as using open standards for data, ensuring the data is accessible from multiple applications. Another high level principle may be that data should only be entered once. Principles help guide the project development provides solutions, and each development has to satisfy the overarching principles based on long term business and IT goals.

TOGAF Framework


The TOGAF® framework is adaptable, and implementation of the framework can be achieved by using an analysis method which bests suits your organisational culture and way of working. The end result is that you have a clearer idea on the ‘who, why, what, where, how and when’ questions required to inform you which areas are performing well and which areas require attention. Analysis of the business, data, applications and technology domains with reference to the supporting business strategy, allows business to utilise technology to optimise business capabilities.

The TOGAF framework consists of seven key areas.  Introduction, where the title explains the content, The Architecture Development Method (ADM), which is often includes a series of lettered phases, each phase consists of a clear structure - objectives, input and outputs, and a series of described steps.  These narratives help a user understand the types of activities required whilst developing and managing the architecture lifecycle. The Content Framework includes artifacts, deliverables and building blocks that can be utilised whilst developing and managing the architecture lifecycle.   The Enterprise Continuum can be used to help classify the assets for future reuse, as the deliverables and artifacts are utilised and produced.  The two TOGAF Reference Models - The Technical Reference Model and the IIIRM are also included in the classification scheme. Finally The Architecture Capability includes Governance and resource related aspects such as roles, responsibilities, skills, maturity levels.

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, TOGAF includes the Architecture Development Method which describes a method for developing and managing enterprise architecture lifecycle, and forms the core of TOGAF. It integrates elements of TOGAF described in this document as well as other available architectural assets, to meet the business and IT needs of an organization.  TOGAF also includes Guidelines and Techniques which can be used during the appropriate ADM phases.  Techniques such as Risk management, stakeholder management, Business scenarios help users to produce the relevant artefacts and deliverables.

TOGAF ADM

TOGAF® incorporates the prioritisation and implementation of the transformation projects. This ensures that the key projects that are critical to the business are given the focus they deserve. TOGAF supports the full life cycle of the information architecture from alignment with business strategy through implementation management, then monitoring and control through to benefit realisation.

 
The TOGAF® framework enforces end to end processes rather than processes developed in silos. The results gained from this approach astound the business. Less resource is required to input and maintain data. The ‘The ‘right information, at the right time, in the right format’’ slogan suddenly has more meaning and makes more business sense.
 

TOGAF also includes Architectural Governance as part of the Enterprise Architecture Framework to encourage conformance to principles, standards, and maintain quality of products, services, assets  and resources.

Posted: 18-Dec-2012 5:38 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 3185 Comments: 4

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: 8035 Comments: 8

 


Business Enterprise Architecture Consulting Services UK

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