Introduction to Enterprise Architecture
This course introduces the candidate to the methods and techniques necessary for the identification and development of models that describes Enterprise Architecture. The following topics are covered:
- Enterprise Architecture – This framework discusses the necessary layers of the enterprise and its contents. It elaborates on the strategic layer, the business layer and the technology layers that describe the systems that support business processes. The techniques necessary to identify and develop business models (using the UML 2). This includes the following:
- Development of strategy models
- Definition of Value Chains
- Functional decomposition
- Business entity modelling
- Workflow (process) modelling
- Entity lifecycle modelling
- Business rules – A discussion about business rules, what it is, the different categories of business rules and how to document business rules.
- Transformation – This topic addresses the necessity of ensuring that the enterprise needs to change with ongoing business and market demands. It covers the subtopics of defining the desired enterprise state and how to transform the enterprise from the current state to this desired state.
- Enterprise Architecture Based Innovation – Discussing how innovation can be leveraged using Enterprise Architecture based approaches.
- Managing the Enterprise Architecture project
- Using Business Patterns
- Managing change – A brief discussion on the soft skills necessary for a change project and how change can be managed taking the stakeholders into account.
- Practical sessions. To ensure the skills transfer to the candidates, a large portion of this course is dedicated to the practice of the techniques taught. The candidates will work through a comprehensive case study from the strategic layer through to the modelling of the business layer.
This course is targeted at individuals that may need background knowledge of business analysis, and individuals that will manage and work on projects in a business analysis environment.
It would be beneficial to the attendees to have worked in a business environment for at least two years. The delegates must also have a good understanding of the UML. Laptops are required for this course.
The attendees will have a conceptual understanding of business analysis and how that can be used in the establishment of sound business architecture, and how that business architecture fits into the overall enterprise architecture. They will have a sound working knowledge of how to perform business analysis. They will understand the techniques to be used, how to plan for and run the appropriate workshops, how a business analysis project should be planned and how to approach persons affected by changes in the organizations.