Enterprise Architecture interviews and career progression

Preparation and Positioning

Article summary


EA Role pictureEA D 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 focus of enterprise architecture is the goals and objectives of the business. Enterprises can gain a significant competitive edge by delivering goods and services to customers on the basis of process integration and standardisation. An enterprise architect needs an awareness of the factors affecting standardisation and integration. The level of enterprise architecture maturity, centralised or autonomous business units, shared customer bases, for example, all are factors when developing the enterprise architecture roadmap.

The EA role 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, delegation, possessing all the qualities that facilitate successful change transformation.

What to expect at an EA interview

One of the key themes of the interview usually incudes business value - how can enterprise architects develop capabilities that allow the business to excel in line with their business goals and strategy. This is no mean feat, taking on legacy systems that often include disjointed business units with different ways of working, perhaps from company mergers. An enterprise architect requires an 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.
An enterprise architect should have a clear view on "How is the governance of companywide activities executed?" 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.

For any enterprise related interview be ready to answer questions relating to enterprise architecture terms and concepts. The TOGAF certification course can help you absorb the wealth of terms such as "what is an architecture building block?" giving you increased confidence with your responses.

Once you get to the interview stage you must have a broad enough understanding not only of the terminology but also on its application. EA D training courses involve lively debate allowing delegates to give examples of how EA is applied where they have worked. The trainer also has valuable examples from their experience in industry which is useful background material for enterprise related interviews.

The TOGAF framework is widely acknowledged as a leading Enterprise Architecture framework. This course, using an accredited training provider, is a tangible step to becoming a recognised Enterprise Architect Practitioner.

EA D courses broaden delegates' depth of understanding of strategy, and gain an enhanced understanding of enterprise transformation from strategic, tactical and operational levels. Delegates gain insights into how to make business transformation 'stick' and obtain management buy in. The stakeholder management techniques and case study crystallises how to identify and manage various stakeholder groups and answer stakeholder management based questions, such as " How do you manage the key people involved in the transformation? "

Delegates can gain practical insight into the planning of the global transformation and learn valuable techniques for developing transitional architectures that align to business goals, and clearly delineate the business value. There are opportunities to consider various scenarios and techniques that help delegates articulate the activities required, along with key criteria to measure effectiveness and business alignment to needs.

Delegates are taught to apply the proven enterprise architecture methodology and utilise the TOGAF framework templates and assets used by world's leading organisations.

EA Dynamics UK take delegates through the various viewpoints used in business, data, application and technology domains. The course gives valuable background for questions. and gives insight to help answer questions such as "Can you provide examples where you applied different data modelling techniques for different purposes? "


The following diagram shows the enterprise architecture role activities over the lifecycle phases of the enterprise architecture components and models.

EA Role Activities

Source: MFESA
Next steps

Why not improve job opportunities and ability to answer Enterprise Architecture related questions by attending one of our courses? EA D TOGAF accredited certification courses give you the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge, assess the knowledge gaps, and develop the necessary techniques to underpin and develop your career in Enterprise Architecture.

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Our company has a flexible approach with our training options. We recognise the diverse needs of our clients and their work-life balance by offering both weekday and weekend training. The course calendar for TOGAF training is shown in full on the EA D website.

EAD TOGAF courses include Prometric exam vouchers allowing you to take the TOGAF exam at any Prometric testing facility you choose. The voucher gives you the flexibility to take the exam at a time that suits you and the exam vouchers are valid for a year.

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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

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