Course Details

Course Number: 95-896

Applied Enterprise Architecture

Units: 12

Enterprise architecture (EA) relates to the practice of business/technology optimization that addresses business architecture, performance management, organizational structure, and IT architecture. It consists of describing the current and future structure and behavior of an organization's processes, information systems, personnel, and organizational business units with a view to better align them with the organization's strategic direction, going beyond information technology.

The course provides you with a basic understanding of how Enterprise Architecture (EA) serves to integrate strategic, business, and technology planning and documentation methods, which supports enterprise-wide information technology resource development and governance in the context of business requirements. This course examines how enterprise architectures combine business elements (strategic directions and business drivers, information technology elements, standards, technology capabilities, and trends) to provide a blueprint that both enables and constrains technology management decisions by combining business elements (such as strategic directions and business drivers) with information technology elements (such as standards, technology capabilities and trends).

The course will include an 8 week team project with the South Australian government. Students will gain a practical understanding of how an EA is developed in the public sector. The course will also include a few guest lectures from industry experts on key topics.

Learning Objectives:

ENABLING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Enterprise architecture principles and purpose; modeling approaches for enterprise architecture definition and communication; key enterprise architecture approaches, standards, and frameworks; best practice processes of development of enterprise architecture, including key success factors; analysis of alternative models for enterprise architectures components of enterprise architecture processes and the implications of inadequate implementation; best practice approaches and models for documenting enterprise architectures; appropriate interaction with stakeholders when developing and communicating enterprise architectures; team formulation, dynamics & diagnostics.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS
Evaluate alternative enterprise architecture approaches; identify and evaluate gaps and opportunities in different enterprise architecture models and processes; and identify critical success factors for common enterprise architect approaches.

PROBLEM SOLVING
Apply skills to develop appropriate enterprise architecture principles, models of different aspects of the enterprise architecture processes and artifacts, and architectures at different levels, including conceptual and technical.

RESPONSIBILITY
Apply skills to define appropriate enterprise architecture approaches and processes for different organizations.

COMMUNICATION
Apply skills to produce suitable written documentation and models, and to produce and deliver presentation material for formal and informal oral presentations relating to enterprise architectures, for all appropriate audiences.

TEAMWORK
Recognize stakeholders in a computing environment when developing and communicating enterprise architectures, and apply skills to develop appropriate interaction strategy; form, manage, and successfully produce outcomes from diverse teams.

Textbooks:

An Introduction to Enterprise Architecture by Scott A. Bernard. Format: Paperback, 356 pages, Publication Date: September 2005, Publisher: Authorhouse, 2nd Edition, ISBN-10: 1420880500 ISBN-13: 9781420880502 (required)
Case studies will be provided at a subsided price.

Syllabus

Faculty:
Murlikrishna Viswanathan