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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: 4216 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: 2307 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: 2432 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: 2702 Comments: 3

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: 2584 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: 2831 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: 12202 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

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: 2550 Comments: 2

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: 8031 Comments: 8

 


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