Article Summary

In order to operate in an ever-changing marketplace businesses must react and adapt to their changing environments. To ensure the successful implementation of these changes, enterprise architects are key to the process. This article discusses the role of an enterprise architect and responds to the question "What skills, characteristics and knowledge are most commonly found in an effective enterprise architect?"


Why enterprise architecture?

Businesses operate in an ever-changing marketplace characterised by fluctuating demand patterns, fast-paced technology innovation, demanding  the shortening of product life cycles and increased specialisation and competition. In this turbulent and complex environment, businesses must react and adapt to their changing environments. They must continue refining their core competencies, strengthen customer and supplier relationships, redesign organisational structures and leverage IS and IT technology. To ensure the successful implementation of these changes, enterprise architects are key to the process. They lead the development of a single holistic model for the whole organisation through all architecture perspectives aligning business strategy and processes, organisational structure, IT and IS.

An effective enterprise architect

An effective enterprise architect optimizes across the enterprise the often fragmented legacy of processes (both manual and automated) into an integrated environment that is responsive to change and supportive of the delivery of the business strategy. This is a role that is multi-faceted and extremely dynamic. It requires an in-depth understanding of the business, its peoples and their motivations, often discussing detail with both technical and business experts, facilitating change by working with stakeholder groups to shape the enterprise architecture.

They are required to keep track of both business and IT concerns, taking into account the mission, value chain, business strategy, business functions and business processes, aligning these elements with the IT architecture of the enterprise. Decisions made by enterprise architects are complex and span multiple domains. It requires an individual with the ability to think at both macro and micros levels and effectively manage and make clear, consistent decisions when faced with stakeholders pulling them in multiple directions. The enterprise architect must also be impartial to any existing vendor/ products preferences.

The EA must advise and work with the business and IT community to develop the necessary capabilities, ensuring the transitional architectures are correctly prioritised to take the business in the right direction. The role also includes shaping policies and governance oversight, communication and delegation. Quite simply, an enterprise architect must possess all the qualities that facilitate successful change transformation.

 View enterprise architecture role activities over the lifecycle phases of the enterprise architecture components and models here.

- Key skills required for an enterprise architect

• Technology literate, generally with strong technical background
• Hands on experience in computer industries (hardware, software, applications & systems engineering)
• Impartiality to existing vendor/ products preferences
• Knowledge of business requiring EA, IT governance and operations & financial modelling
• Analytical mind & systems thinking
• Ability to see and understand the big picture/ helicopter view
• An effective leader with proven negotiation and leadership skills and 'soft skills', such as good communication skills, enthusiasm and passion

 Certification for enterprise architects

View which roles would benefit from Enterprise Architecture training here

TOGAF certification courses help broaden understanding of the enterprise architecture, eliciting delegates' previous experience and roles, and allowing delegates to relate this experience to the overall enterprise architecture activities. Many delegates have extensive knowledge in their area of expertise, but their skill base may need to be broadened to encompass the many facets required for a global enterprise architecture accreditation.

This course allows delegates to learn about enterprise architecture frameworks, and apply the techniques enabling them to obtain applicable EA role skills. Delegates will also get a valuable insight into the skills and experience from previous roles that are relevant, whilst also recognising improvement areas. This forms the basis for the development of a career roadmap, with a clear plan of action.

The TOGAF certification course includes techniques on developing architecture principles and includes hands on practice and examples. The governance roles and responsibilities, and activities are included. The course takes delegates through each facet to ensure a holistic and co-ordinated approach is well understood.


Enterprise architecture training

EA Dynamics UK is a specialist training company focused on enterprise architecture and TOGAF practitioner certification. We aim to provide quality training enabling all of our delegates to achieve their goals - we provide interactive and stimulating courses enabling an in depth understanding of the TOGAF framework. Delegates will get an insight into the tools, techniques and methodologies used within the Enterprise Architecture and our workshops and exercises will enable our delegates not only understand the theory, but have a better idea of how to apply the techniques back at their workplace.

• Licensed TOGAF Training
• Study guides and materials provided
• In house or public training available
• Experienced trainers
• Practical exercises included in courses
• Opportunity to meet and learn from other delegates
• Post course support with exam study
• Weekend courses available
• Bespoke training
• Personalised help to become and Enterprise practitioner

For more information regarding the role of the enterprise architect and career progression,read the full article here

For information regarding TOGAF® 9 Professional practitioner and bridge training, visit our website to learn more about EA Dynamics UK weekend and mid week training courses.


Benefits of Modelling

  • Ability to articulate strategic view of landscape Optimise data use
  • Reduce infrastructure duplication and optimise non-functional aspects
  • More effective decision making due to up front options analysis with simulation of key requirements
  • Ability to communicate conflicting goals and drivers and facilitate conflict resolution
  • Highlight misalignment of priorities
  • Show competing demands for business services allowing compromise service levels to be defined
  • Improve oversight and Architectural Governance

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

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