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ArchiMate 2.1 weekend training

Become an ArchiMate 2.1 certified Open Group Professional  with EA Dynamics UK
We offer both TOGAF 9.1 certification and ArchiMate 2.1 certification training courses.

EADynamics UK have designed the ArchiMate course so that you can complete ArchiMate 2.1 level 1 and 2 over two weekends and are prepared for your ArchiMate certification exams.


Our flexible choice of midweek and weekend courses are an ideal way to get some hands on practice of enterprise architecture modelling in a supported, friendly environment.

We use case studies and scenarios across organisational lines of business and IT domains in order to  expand your breadth of knowledge encompassing security, business, infrastructure, information in order to develop strategy roadmaps that are aligned to the business drivers and goals.

This enterprise architecture modelling course is an ideal vehicle for communication - a visual way of modelling the various stakeholders concerns,  developing and communicating the roadmap to the streamlined enterprise whilst addressing the traditional problems of siloed development.

Let us help you achieve your career and your potential. 

 

ArchiMate Weekend training: next course 27/28 September & 04/05 October

 

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Posted: 04-Sep-2014 8:00 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 1697 Comments: 3

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: 2033 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: 2134 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: 2174 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: 2425 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: 2277 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: 2211 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: 2552 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: 3857 Comments: 1

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

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Posted: 23-May-2013 6:32 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2260 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: 11910 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: 3764 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: 2184 Comments: 1

 


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