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NEW Enterprise Architecture - Building the Vision

23-24 November 2010

This is new workshop developed to lead on 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.

This workshop is aimed at participants who have had some exposure to Enterprise Architecture ideas and is based on the upcoming NCC Best Practice Guide “Enterprise Architecture – Building the Vision”. The workshop provides specific guidance and hands on experience of formulating and populating a comprehensive business model using focused diagrams, matrices and textual inputs. Diagrams types (using Microsoft Visio) are described for each of the multidimensional structures in the model such as objectives and goals, organisation, infrastructure, business processes and functions, data, applications, business components and services, technology, and projects and programmes. Data Entry templates (Using Microsoft Excel, Word and Infopath) for capturing structure, relationship and textual information are described. The use of a personal repository will be described as will team-based architecture creation using server-based repository products.

We will discuss how to manage the EA project and how to formulate and control major business projects using the EA as a foundation.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction and key messages:
    • EA Methodologies and the Structured Architecture Method
    • Common EA Scenarios/Uses
    • The EA based approach to Business SOA
    • Business Considerations
  • What is EA about? - Fundamental Concepts
  • Understanding the Enterprise and its many facets – Business, Applications, Information and Technology views
  • Reconciling Architecture with Programme and Change Management
  • From “As-is” to “To-be” – Migration and the Release Concept
  • How do I get started?
    • Understanding Business Domains, their Autonomy and Interdependences.
    • Setting Scope and Boundaries – not too big but not too small!
    • Quick returns and longer term value.
    • Using Business Patterns.
  • What do I model? - How to define and populate structures:
    • Organisation (Hierarchies and Team structures)
    • Business Processes (Workflows, Use Cases and “How to do” definitions)
    • Applications (Software Inventories, deployment and upgrade plans)
    • Technology (Platforms and Environments)
    • Infrastructure and Locations (Buildings, Data Centres, Installations, Networks and Computers)
    • Business Functions (Work descriptions and “What do we do” definitions)
    • Data (Subject Databases, Entities, Attributes and Data Relationships)
    • Business Components and Services (Service oriented Architecture)
    • Objectives and Goals (Strategic Plans, KPIs, Requirements and Needs)
    • Programs and Projects (The projects and work programmes of the Enterprise. Work Packages and Releases. Timelines and Roadmaps)
  • How does the EA hang together? - Defining and analysing Relationships
    • Relationship types, values and simplified representation
    • Qualitative and quantitative relationships
    • Loose Coupling and Tight Cohesion
    • Clustering and Affinity Analyses
    • Generating new structures and relationships
  • What information do I need? - Enterprise Data Capture – Using Diagrams, Matrices and Structured Text.
  • Using Microsoft Office. Everyday tools – Visio for diagrams, Excel for matrices, Word/Infopath for text, Access/SQL Server for the Repository, SharePoint for publication and team sharing.
  • The Tools
    • A brief tour of Visio – Templates, Stencils and Shapes. Shape Data.
    • Drawing Diagrams – The templates for each structure
    • A brief tour of Excel – Axes and structures, Cells and relationships, Macros, transpose and group/ungroup operations
    • Using spread sheets for data capture and diagram population
    • Manual and automated clustering
    • Capturing Text – using Word and Infopath
  • The Repository – where all the objects go.
    • A simple relational repository schema using Access/SQL Server
    • Loading the repository from diagrams, spread sheets and text sources
    • Reusing repository objects
    • Querying the database
    • Using an Interactive, Shared Repository – Orbus’ iServer
    • Team Development using iServer
  • An Architectural Environment
    • Reporting and Publication
    • Standard Reports – Structure, Relationship and Cascade reports
    • Using Business Intelligence
    • Publishing the Architecture using Sharepoint
    • Collaborative Review and Feedback
  • Managing the EA Project
  • Managing full scale business projects using the EA
    • Programmes and Projects
    • Work Packages and Roadmaps
    • Change Programmes
  • Conclusions and the Way Forward

Ideally, participants should have attended the introductory workshop or one of the previous series of Enterprise Architecture workshops or be confident in their knowledge of enterprise architecture theory and techniques.

Participants should bring their own laptop computer equipped with Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 including Visio and Excel. These will be used for hands on model building, data capture and technique practice. A subset of Visio and Excel templates will be provided to support the workshop exercises and participants will have the opportunity to acquire a complete set of Visio and Excel templates at reduced cost to start building the enterprise architecture for their own organisation.

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