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NEW Enterprise Architecture - Understanding the Bigger Picture

20 October 2010

An Enterprise Architecture is a dynamic and powerful tool that helps organisations understand their own structure and the way they work. It provides a “map” of the enterprise and a “route planner” for business and technology change - a valuable asset in the current business and economic environment.

In the past many Enterprise Architecture projects have run into difficulty or simply failed to deliver on the promise. The reasons and pitfalls are well known and our workshops are focused on ensuring that participants can make a rapid and sure start to building their organisation’s Enterprise Architecture and carry it through to profitable use.

This introductory workshop covers the purpose and basic theory of Enterprise Architecture based on the NCC Best Practice Guides – “Enterprise Architecture - Understanding the Bigger Picture” and “Enterprise Architecture - What you can do with one when you’ve got it!” It provides a first experience of constructing your own simple business model and creating your own architectural structures and relationships. Techniques for analysing the architectural model such as affinity analysis and clustering will be described as will methods of reporting including impact analyses. We will also describe common uses for the Enterprise Architecture such as those for business process engineering, service oriented architecture development, and project and programme planning including the specification of the required structures and relationships for each scenario.

This is new workshop developed from the highly successful Enterprise and Service Oriented Architecture Workshops run over the past few years by the NCC. These have been unique in their hands-on approach with participants learning the techniques and experiencing the thought processes in the workshop using their own computers. Also, and perhaps even more uniquely, we use common, everyday tools, such as Microsoft Office, to build and analyse the Enterprise Architecture.

Venue: The Lansdowne Club, Mayfair, London

9 Fitzmaurice Place London, W1J 5JD

Topics covered include:

  • Enterprise Architecture – the theory and a little practice
    • Exploring your own Organisational Structure and Business Functions
    • Structures and Relationships
    • Mapping two Structures using their relationships
    • The Enterprise Architecture Meta-model
    • The Dumbbell, Meta-model Artefacts and Definitions
    • Typical Structures and Relationships
    • Typical EA Scenarios
  • Overview of Service Oriented Architecture
    • SOA as an EA Application
    • Defining Business Services
  • The Architectural Process
    • Drawing Diagrams – Business Processes, Business Functions, Data Models, etc.
    • Constructing Matrices – Organisation vs. Function, Function vs. Data, etc.
    • Affinity Analysis and Clustering
    • Revealing new structures – Business Components and Services
    • Typical Analyses and Reports – Impact analysis, Cascade Reporting etc.
  • Data Capture with Visio and Excel
    • Generic Data Capture Techniques
    • Relating diagram shapes and meta-model objects
    • Relating spread-sheet rows and meta-model objects
    • Capturing text
  • Using the Repository
    • A simple personal repository
    • A generic data structure for meta-model objects
    • Typical structure and relationship attributes
    • A corporate, shared repository and team working
    • An example of a full scale EA repository
  • The Way Ahead

Participants should bring their own laptop computer equipped with Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 including Excel. These will be used for hands-on model building, data capture and technique practice.

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