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ArchiMate® 2.1 Certification – A Quiet Revolution?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

In launching ArchiMate 2.1 certification exams via Prometric Test Centers, The Open Group has initiated a quiet revolution in the market place. Their ‘business as usual approach should not go unnoticed for one simple reason; ArchiMate certification can now be achieved in every corner of the globe.

The impact of this should not be underestimated and a strong prediction would be that in 2014, ArchiMate will take center stage in the world of modeling languages. The achievement  of a 1000 certified individuals in the latter part of 2013 and the fact that the ArchiMate Specification is the 3rd highest download from the Open Group Website (*1) is evidence of the growing interest of this standard.

With certification now globally accessible through Prometric Test Centers the standard is set to gain exponential adoption and in many instances the practical approach to visualizing an organisations Enterprise Architecture, will make it an obvious choice over more complex notation languages. It is this choice that would act as a catalyst for a quiet revolution in modeling languages.

Do you want to be part of this revolution and if so how should you go about understanding ArchiMate and achieving certification?

The Open Group provides two routes to achieve ArchiMate 2.1 certification. At Architecting the Enterprise we can facilitate both – here are your options:

  1. ArchiMate 2.1 certification through practical assessment and ArchiMate 2.1 Foundation exam.

We are offering 20% discount on this certification route as it is only available until July 7. This route would be suitable for individuals whose preferred learning style is through practical use of the notation language; together with a successful pass of the ArchiMate 2.1 foundation examination you will achieve ArchiMate 2.1 certification. We have a 100% Pass Rate.

2.ArchiMate 2.1 certification through exams at a Prometric Test Center.

We provide a variety of services that will prepare you for the ArchiMate 2.1 exams depending on your location, budget and preferred style of education.

You can:

  • Attend our ArchiMate 2.1 instructor-led course
  • Participate on our ArchiMate 2.1 webinar
  • Self-study by Enrolling onto our ArchiMate 2.1 online course

Then complete the combined Part 1 and Part 2 exam at a Prometric Test Center.

We are confident that our training course will prepare you to pass the exams in addition will give you a first class understanding of ArchiMate 2.1.

For more information on ArchiMate and our training routes please visit our website at http://www.architecting-the-enterprise.com/training/archimate.php

For more information please email an expert at:

[email protected]

*1 – https://www2.opengroup.org/ogsys/jsp/publications/PublicationsTop10.jsp

 

Does an EA Framework make Enterprise Architecture more successful?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Questions that we are often asked about the Enterprise Architecture world include:

  • Why are Enterprise Architects so enamoured with EA Frameworks?
  • Does an EA Framework make Enterprise Architecture more successful?
  • Is the EA Framework the end or the means to an end?

Whatever the size or nature of the enterprise large or small, the Enterprise Architecture is about the structure of the enterprise across a whole range of elements including the digital infrastructure. The operational Enterprise Architecture enables the enterprise to carry out its business successfully and manage change to the enterprise structure effectively to meet its business needs. With the radical changes that digital strategies and market rationalisation brings the business pressures to undertake Enterprise Architecture (EA) successfully is critical.

Unfortunately in my experience the EA capability is often poorly equipped and appreciated for the value it brings. Often decision making is/was undertaken with minimal information and implemented with even poorer skills. The net result is people do their best but it is not good enough to be determined successful and this is where EA Frameworks come in.

Frameworks help to create an environment and climate for creating better understanding of the EA requirements, determining better quality decisions in the business and by up-skilling the enterprise’s people to be able to manage all the elements of the enterprise that are impacted by change. To do this the foundation EA Frameworks need to be best practice and proven; plus the enterprise’s people need to be skilled in using them.

That is one of the reasons Architecting the Enterprise chose TOGAF® in 2002 as an evolving best practice platform method with standards and a willingness to enable enterprises to create successful EA and up-skill their people. TOGAF® is a body of knowledge about methods, tools and techniques that is backed up by credible people and a tools certification program. It is a great foundation method on which to base your Enterprise Architecture.

Personally I have championed this program and my company has been a major contributor to this evolution ever since. Why? Because it is the best chance the world has to make Enterprise Architecture really work successfully.

The ecosystem built around TOGAF® has focused on developing the best practice deliverables and using TOGAF® to help them do that. We are creating architecture understanding and skills globally so all countries benefit globally. There are very few barriers to anyone using TOGAF® – it is a free facility. To-date over 30,000 people have been TOGAF® trained and certified globally across 112 countries – that is an incredible achievement.

Furthermore enterprises are recognising that working with other enterprises is more successful when they each have an Enterprise Architecture built on best practice. The global trading world is more effective and very TOGAF® friendly.

So have we lost sight of the purpose and the end goals of Enterprise Architecture as a result?

My personal view is – we have not. Globally Enterprise Architecture is alive and kicking. I think enterprises have been overwhelmed with change and the speed at which it is kicking in because they have implemented Enterprise Architecture at a too slow rate, this needs to be accelerated now.

No longer is it good enough to just focus on the developments of today, enterprises need to expand Enterprise Architecture into all nooks and crannies of the enterprise so that as the digital strategies and market opportunities arise they can be folded into the Enterprise Architecture. That means everyone working in the enterprise as a team together to make the whole work and this is what the Enterprise Architecture Frameworks should deliver.

No longer is the framework an Architect’s magic wand protected by a restricted EA tool – the framework needs to be integrated into the way the enterprise does business covering the whole enterprise’s accountability and responsibility. If all stakeholders worked with the framework then they can contribute to and possibly “own” a piece of the Enterprise Architecture. Ownership by the stakeholders is critical to success.

The trouble is that many stakeholders shy away from ownership of the contents. It appears to be far too complicated and we have to change that. The benefit for stakeholders is that they will be well equipped to be able to change the Enterprise Architecture as the business needs to change – subject to the enterprise governance processes and collaboration with the Enterprise Architects. After all, who is the big Chief Architect of the enterprise ultimately? The CEO.

When the CEO practices Enterprise Architecture then this is the ultimate buy-in to the Enterprise Architecture Framework and one of the secrets of success. This hands the Enterprise Architecture power to the stakeholders and this is the key to future success.

Are you up to creating this stakeholder capability in your enterprise?

For more information please email an expert at:

[email protected]

Judith Jones

CEO, Architecting the Enterprise

Enterprise Architecture and Cloud Ecosystems

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Martyn Bowis, Enterprise Architect Trainer, Asia Pacific, Architecting the Enterprise

Introduction

This article introduces the recently-released (January 2014) standard entitled “The Open Group Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model”, and how Enterprise Architecture may ensure successful cloud utilisation within your business.

This article includes the following sections:

  • A. Cloud Computing
  • B. Enterprise Architecture
  • C. The Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model – A New Standard
  • D. Clear Path to Business Benefits from Cloud Utilisation in Your Business

Cloud Computing

How many times have you heard people refer to the cloud in recent conversations?  Chances are that it was often and many different things were implied.  The term “cloud” originated as a reference to the symbol commonly used to represent the Internet.  For the purpose of this article, cloud computing is defined as a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet.  These services are broadly divided into three categories:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) e.g. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) e.g. Engine Yard for Ruby on Rails applications
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e.g. Gmail

You or a friend have likely used a SaaS application already, such as Gmail from Google or Office 365 from Microsoft.

A cloud service has three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting:

  • It is sold on demand (typically by the minute or hour)
  • It is elastic (a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time)
  • The service is fully managed by the provider (the consumer needs nothing but a personal computer and Internet access to use and perhaps also configure the service)

There are many business benefits from using cloud computing, including:

  • Scalability - the ability to quickly scale to meet business demands is a primary driver for people moving to cloud computing.
  • Backup and disaster recovery – business continuity may better be ensured by utilising a cloud provider that integrates robust backup and recovery for your data.
  • Automatic software updates – stop spending valuable time on managing computer software and security updates.
  • Cap-Ex free – pay as you go means no need for capital expenditure, and you pay as you go for ongoing operating expenses.
  • Fast deployment – minimise project startup costs.
  • Increased collaboration – allow all your employees to synchronise and work on shared documents and apps.  Collaboration is a key to innovation and productivity.
  • Work from anywhere – any device with a browser and Internet connection may typically access cloud apps and information.
  • Document control – always ensure staff and customers are using the latest version of critical information.
  • Security - stop worrying about lost laptops as data may be stored remotely and devices simply replaced as needed.
  • Competitiveness - smaller businesses may access enterprise-class technology for minimal cost.
  • Environment friendly – use only the server space you need and lighter weight devices to access information.

There are also concerns to be aware of, including:

  • Loss of control – you need a reliable Internet connection and have little control over provider outages.
  • Security - you are trusting someone else to protect your data.  You may also be enabling users to access your data from their personal devices where there are not clear bring your own device (BYOD) policies adhered to.
  • Unexpected charges – because usage may scale quickly, so too may costs.  It is vital to monitor and control cloud service usage.

B. Enterprise Architecture

How Enterprise Architects Help Businesses Like Yours

As an Enterprise Architect, I take people on a journey from where they are to where they want to be (Figure 1).  I create a roadmap comprising work packages that will transition their enterprise systems from what they have to what they need according to their many stakeholder requirements.  And I do this using a framework called TOGAF® to apply proven methods and models that will ensure the resulting solutions satisfy business needs whilst maintaining business continuity and value delivery throughout the transition process.

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Figure 1. Enterprise Architecture

In this article, I will be looking at how Enterprise Architecture enables a business to journey to utilisation of Cloud Services to execute business strategy.

 The Open Group

The Open Group is a global consortium of more than 400 member organisations that enables achievement of business objectives through IT standards.  They develop and maintain The Open Group Architecture Framework, TOGAF, which provides a robust method and models for effective Enterprise Architecture.  ArchiMate®, another Open Group Standard, is an open and independent modelling language for Enterprise Architecture that is supported by different tool vendors.

Enterprises are under increasing pressure to deliver greater business agility, capability and cost savings.  Cloud Services may enable such business objectives to be met.  Enterprise Architecture enables effective execution of business strategy, minimising risk and cost whilst maximising return on investment.  The Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model (the Standard) has been prepared by The Open Group as a guide for businesses wishing to reap the benefits of cloud computing whilst avoiding possible pitfalls.

The Standard defines The Open Group Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model and provides guidance on how to apply it with The Open Group TOGAF and ArchiMate standards to develop an Enterprise Architecture. It has been developed and approved by The Open Group.

Next, we will look at key sections within The Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model. Ecosystem

1. Introduction

The introduction contains objectives, an overview and terminology used within the Standard.

2. Definitions

There are several stakeholders that are involved with cloud provision and use, including:

  • Cloud Service Auditor – audit and verify conformance to standards
  • Cloud Service Broker – negotiate relationships between cloud service providers and cloud service consumers, including on-boarding, readiness assessment, application and data migration, and evaluation of cloud service provider capabilities.
  • Cloud Service Consumer – use the services from a cloud service provider
  • Cloud Service Developer – develop business and technical aspects of cloud service offerings
  • Cloud Service Provider – entity responsible for making a cloud service available to interested parties

 3. The Cloud Ecosystems Reference Model

The Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model serves as a foundation architecture upon which to develop specific cloud architectures and business solutions.

Figure 2 describes the relationships and dependencies between the various enterprise frameworks used to manage the life cycle of Cloud Services utilizing the Architecture Building Blocks (ABBs) identified in the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model (Figure 3) to deliver enterprise business solutions.

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 Figure 2. Managing Frameworks for an Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem.

 

The Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model (Figure 3) defines the major actors and their relationships and a minimum set of ABBs. The model describes the architectural capabilities to be realized and facilitated by at least one of the new or existing participants of an enterprise Cloud Ecosystem. The model establishes a common language for the various participants of an enterprise Cloud Ecosystem that supports the validations of Cloud Service Providers’ solutions to achieve architectural integrity of business solutions of an enterprise.

The Standard goes on to detail the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model Taxonomy to consistently apply a common business and IT taxonomy for interoperability.

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Figure 3. The Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model.

4. Architectural Considerations for an Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem

This section provides considerations that are significant in the development of an Enterprise Architecture for the Cloud Ecosystem using the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model.

There are several cloud deployment models:

  • Public Cloud – A public cloud is one in which the cloud infrastructure and computing resources are made available to the general public over a public network. A public cloud is owned by an organization selling Cloud Services, and serves a diverse pool of clients.  E.g. Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine and Windows Azure.
  • Private Cloud – A private cloud gives a single Cloud Service Consumer’s organization the exclusive access to and usage of the infrastructure and computational resources. It may be managed either by the Cloud Service Consumer organization or by a third party, and may be hosted on the organization’s premises or outsourced to a hosting company.
  • Community Cloud – A community cloud serves a group of Cloud Service Consumers which have shared concerns, such as mission objectives, security, privacy and compliance policy, rather than serving a single organization as does a private cloud.
  • Hybrid Cloud – A hybrid cloud is a composition of two or more clouds (on-site private, on-site community, off-site private, off-site community, or public) that remain as distinct entities but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability.

This section further describes example Cloud Services, specialised organisational roles, security, business, technical, and operational considerations.

5. Using the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model with the TOGAF Standard

This section describes how to develop, manage, and govern an Enterprise Architecture of a fictitious organization named “CloudEcoSource” with use of the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model and the TOGAF standard. It describes an approach for each phase of the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) and what the architect should consider when looking to apply the TOGAF ADM to an enterprise Cloud Ecosystem.

So, how could this apply to your business?  Do you want to reap the rewards of Cloud Services whilst avoiding the pitfalls requires a robust roadmap for success?  TOGAF provides a robust framework for Enterprise Architecture that has been tailored for Cloud Ecosystems in the Standard introduced in this article. The Standard details the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model, with detailed descriptions of actors and entities, along with a worked example of a fictitious company to guide adoption of Cloud Services within your enterprise.

Architecting the Enterprise has been a key contributor to the Cloud Ecosystem Reference Model through the work of named author Ed Harrington.  We continue to be active contributors to TOGAF and other initiatives of The Open Group.

We are here to train, mentor and advise you and your enterprise on the best application of Enterprise Architecture for Cloud Ecosystems. The benefits of Cloud Computing are game changers.  May the odds be ever in your favour. Talk to us today about getting access to the same training and mentoring services we provide to the world’s leading enterprises.

Our EA experts are world-class and deeply engaged with The Open Groups development forums for best practice in Enterprise Architecture.

For more information please contact a member of our team on:

Email: [email protected]

Ask the Experts

Monday, April 14th, 2014

It gives Architecting the Enterprise great pleasure to announce that we are one of the sponsors for the next Open Group conference in Amsterdam – Enabling Boundaryless Information Flow™.

Why not stop by our stand to speak with one of our expert enterprise architects if you are interested in how you can build Effective Architecture Teams or to discuss your Enterprise Architecture Personal Development.

Architecting the Enterprise education services include:-

  • Extending Knowledge out to your wider team through the offer on knowledge and certification based workshops such as TOGAF® Executive Awareness, foundation and practitioner, SOA for Architects, EA for Telecoms & Solutions Architecture. EA is not just for the Enterprise Architects, everyone such as business executives, project and program managers who are engaged with the EA team will benefit from some of these workshops.

We are offering a 30% discount on our EA professional coaching for individuals and teams until the 1st May – consultations must be scheduled by this date. 

  • Creating a standard for EA visualization with a common notation language through ArchiMate® 2.1. ArchiMate is an open and independant visual language to represent end-to-end enterprise architecture in terms of business process, applications and infrastructure (technology) and is fully aligned with TOGAF. ArchiMate harmonises excellently with BPMN and UML should this be used in your organisation.

We are offering a 20% discount on all instructor-led ArchiMate® 2.1 training courses until July 1st 2014. 

  • Getting going fast through practical skills workshops with our “Getting Started with Enterprise Architecture Program“, Focused on the preliminary stage we will prepare an organisation for successful TOGAF architecture projects based on validated business requirements. The program will align the IT strategy with the business goals and drivers. We will get people inside and outside the organisation to work together effectively in collaborative, integrated teams.
  • Measuring the success of the EA practice through our “Architecture Capability & Maturity Assessment Service“. Organisations continually face pressures to gain and retain competitive advantage, identify ways of cutting costs, improve quality, reduce time to market etc. Architecting the Enterprises Maturity Model has been developed to assist organisations in this endeavour. The assessment covers 20 process areas with associated practices that are required in an architecture practice that utilises TOGAF as a framework. Using a standard methodology enables a stable state of maturity development to be reached and for incremental improvements to be made over time. The service is based on appraisal requirements for CMMI, the Department of Commerce enterprise architecture capability model and the Nascio maturity model.

Our EA experts are world-class and deeply engaged with The Open Groups development forums for best practice in Enterprise Architecture.

Architecting the enterprise offers support and answers to any questions. Send your question by email to [email protected].

STARTUP – Delivering the Best Online Training Value in the Industry

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Like many of your peers you would be looking to do develop your professional skills and considering becoming TOGAF 9 certified. For convenience and cost factors, you have made the choice that online learning is the way to go.   Congratulations on taking this first step, the next decision is choosing which online study course to take.

A particular cause for concern for those who have never studied via an online course is the level of support provided during the training. The concern being that self study is paramount to studying in isolation. Consider the fact that online learning currently counts for over 50% of the annual corporate training spend and that this percentage is growing year on year (Global Industry Analysts).  What’s the point?  Simple, you are not alone, rather you are part of a growing trend and online training providers have a vested interest to ensure your learning experience delivers the required outcome. Along with this comes a heavy investment in support and ensuring that your learning experience is interactive and engaging.

In the Enterprise Architecture domain, there are several accredited providers of online training and it has become increasingly difficult for individuals and companies to choose the provider that is right for them.  So which provider should you chose?

Using the acronym STARTUP  here are the reasons why we at Architecting the Enterprise believe you should join the growing number of individuals and corporations who are choosing our online training for TOGAF9 accreditation and beyond.

Support – In addition to the course material, quizzes and the official exam preparation pack, Architecting the Enterprise goes further with an online workbook that tests your understanding of the material in an exam environment.  Mentor support, this is readily available through our well established mentoring program.

Track Record  – Architecting the Enterprise were the very first training provider to deliver TOGAF training and continues to invest time and money into the developing of TOGAF and other EA standards.

Additional value – TOGAF9 and Frameworx alignment – free foundation course. This is an excellent introductory course that addresses the touch points needed to establish an Enterprise Architecture practice in an organization using TOGAF® and Frameworx and it’s yours at no extra cost.

Reputation – Our global reputation as a training provider that delivers the highest standard of quality is born out of our commitment to ensuring that everyone should benefit from the use of best practices as represented in recognized standards.

Tutoring – Virtual Instructor led sessions. In keeping with our commitment to ensuring understanding we provide a series of webinars that cover the main concepts in TOGAF.  All online students are invited to attend as many of these sessions over the period of their training as they wish. Not only would you get first hand instruction from a subject matter expert but you also have the opportunity to ask questions around TOGAF in general and your course in particular.

Unbeaten pricing- You would expect all this to be charged at a premium rate.  During a recent competitor analysis, we established that our online course rate was the lowest in the market for accredited training courses.

People – We are committed to you as a person and that is reflected in our people. Not only is the company globally recognized but its people are too. Our training material is continually being reviewed by our subject matter experts who have been recognized for their contributions to TOGAF,SOA, ArchiMate, Cloud Computing and more.

As the year draws to an end, it’s a good time to upgrade your skills in time for the New Year by attending one of our online courses.  Why not visit our online shop http://www.architecting-the-enterprise.com/shop/shop.php or contact us on [email protected] to find out how we can help you?

 

Should you want to discuss your personal development path with us personally, do call us on 02081 229 150.

We look forward to being able to facilitate your career development.

Greg Le Roux

Head of Online Business

 

Improve your skills – Enhance your Value

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

“Change has become endemic to the communications industry. The high levels of customer service and satisfaction, greater flexibility and faster response with a tight cost control are a big challenge with the current (and many times) legacy systems. Only one action or focus on one functional area will not solve the issue. We need to have a holistic approach and tackle several dimensions in different areas in order to achieve a visible and highly valuable effect” (Nokia, 2011). Enterprise architecture is a response to change while improving technologically based business opportunities and innovation.

Enterprise Architecture for Telecoms is an online course for individuals who want to further their understanding of the joint usage of TOGAF® and Frameworx and who wish to introduce these into an Enterprise Architecture practice. The course shows the synergies between TOGAF® and Frameworx and how these can define the Enterprise Architecture practice and promote business capabilities in an organization. The course explains how the Solution, Business Process, Application and Information frameworks found in Frameworx are used in the context of TOGAF® and its ADM for the development, deployment and implementation of an Enterprise Architecture.

While this course is based on a telecoms case study, the benefit of combining the use of TOGAF® and Frameworx is not limited to the telecoms industry. This is evident by the fact that many companies particularly in the financial sector are members of both TOG and TMF.

With Christmas just around the corner, we at Architecting the Enterprise have decided to offer the full Enterprise Architecture for Telecoms (Practitioner) Online course for the price of $99.00 – Saving you $200.00. If you wish to upgrade from the foundation course, the offer still applies.

If you would like to purchase this course then please follow this link, purchase the foundation course and we will upgrade you to the full practitioner course – EA for Telecoms – Buy Now.

If you have any questions at all, then please do get in touch as we will be more than happy to help.

 

By Shaun Warner

 

Online Business Executive

[email protected]

10 SURE-FIRE TIPS FOR GETTING STAKEHOLDER BUY-IN TO YOUR ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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by Keith Flanagan, Professional Development Architect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approximately 500 people attended one of the three,  one-hour webinars entitled, ’10 Sure-fire Tips for Getting Stakeholder Buy-In to YOUR Architecture Projects’ that have been broadcasted over the past three weeks.  So, in case you missed it, here is a brief summary of the content which has been developed on the concepts of the Elevating EA subject matter.

1.  ALWAYS HAVE A WINNING VALUE MESSAGE IN YOUR BACK POCKET

Always have a winning value message in your back pocket (or your sock, handbag, wallet etc.).  You must be able to tell the listener what it is that you do and how you (can) bring value to them and to the wider organization.

2.  THINK AND TALK LIKE YOU ARE IN THE BUSINESS

Think and talk (and act) like you are in the business.  I hear so many architects making claims that they work in support of the business.  By saying this you are sending a subconscious message to your listener that you’re not part of the business.  In some cases, those working on the outside may be at risk whenever the organization is seeking to make cut-backs.  Peripheral service providers are often targeted during challenging economic times.

 

3.  GET THEM TO CONTRIBUTE

People usually take more care of the things that they own.  If your stakeholder doesn’t own a piece of your project – they are less likely to look after it and may care less if it becomes unsuccessful.

 

4.  KNOW THEYSELF

Know your own strengths and weaknesses; and be aware how others perceive you.  Architecture is about change and change requires Leadership for it to occur.  In order to lead others, you must be able to lead yourself. The first step in leading others is in understanding their perception of you.

5.  TO THINE OWNSELF BE TRUE

Honesty is a cornerstone of leadership.  You should never attempt to convince people that you are someone or something that you are not or you will inevitably be exposed as a fraudster.  Be your authentic self and stay true to your values.

 

6. PEOPLE LIKE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKE THEMSELVES

Notwithstanding Tip#5, you will find it advantageous to mirror some aspects of your stakeholder’s personality whenever you are working with them or communicating with them.  People are naturally attracted to others that share the same ideas, beliefs and ambitions.  This is after all, how most relationships begin.

7.  PEOPLE BUY THINGS FROM PEOPLE THAT THEY LIKE

Arguably more of a statement than a tip per se; but it remains a fact worth noting.  You are better placed to win over your stakeholders if there is a pre-existing good relationship between you.  As architects, we make recommendations and sell ideas.  People are more likely to buy things from people that they like.

 

8.  RESEARCH YOUR STAKEHOLDERS TO FIND COMMALITIES TO DEVELOP EMPATHY AND RAPPORT

Empathy is described as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.  Knowing your stakeholder’s likes and dislikes will help you begin to develop the good relationship and rapport that you may need in order to secure their buy-in.

 

9.  KNOW YOUR TEAM

Know the strengths and weaknesses of the members of your project team.  If you are not overly comfortable with the art of public speaking – assign the role to someone in your team that is.  Despite traditional professional and personal development advice that you may have received over the years, your business case presentation should not be treated as an opportunity for you to attempt to practice and master your presentation skills.  Play to your strengths.

 

10.  KEEP EXPERIMENTING

Keep experimenting.  But only when it is safe to do so! The majority of time spent by those truly working at the enterprise level is in communicating with people outside the architecture group.  It’s important that you are ‘organizationally aware’ and fully understand the overt and covert political goings-on that exist within all businesses.

 

Forthcoming Events

You can learn more about how to achieve stakeholder engagement, leadership and self-awareness through the Elevating Enterprise Architecture courses and workshops.  We’re continually running events all over the world.  Below are some of the forthcoming workshops and webinars scheduled between now and the New Year, but if you can’t find anything happening in your area soon, then please contact us and something can be arranged:

 

EMEA USA CANADA
EEAPublic 18-20 Dec – London12-14 Feb – London 29-31 Jan – Chicago3-5 Feb – San Francisco 26-28 Feb – Toronto3-5 Mar – Calgary
EEA Webinar 15-17 Jan 4-6 Dec8-10 Jan

 

Want to know more?

Click this link and see how we can help you elevate and secure your position in many other ways.  And don’t forget to check out our recent endorsements from some EA big hitters on our Linked In page too.

 

Finally, thank you for your continued interest in Elevating EA.  Architecture training courses may provide you with the required knowledge to pass an examination but I believe that only caters for 50% of your role.  Rest assured, Elevating EA will cover you for the remaining fifty.

 

Here’s my quote for this month:

 

“I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a transformer in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.”

Stephen R. Covey

With best wishes,
Keith

Elevating Enterprise Architecture – Free Webinar (APAC)

Friday, November 29th, 2013

10 Sure-Fire Tips for getting Stakeholder Buy-In to your Architecture Projects

Hi – I am Keith Flanagan and for the best part of the last three-years I have been helping architects across all domains and industries develop relationships with their stakeholders. A good architect/sponsor-relationship is the first step to successful projects. After all, would you risk your professional reputation by endorsing an IT or architecture project if you didn’t trust the people that were proposing it?

You may not have heard of me before but you may have heard of avid blogger and architecture conference speaker Mike ‘The Architect’ Walker. Mike reviewed the Elevating Enterprise Architecture (EEA) course earlier this year and had this to say about it:

“After sitting in on this course, I would most certainly recommend it to my fellow enterprise architects. The course provides the essential soft skills needed to be a highly successful enterprise architect. I would go so far as to say that it is a prerequisite for aspiring enterprise architects and taken as a refresher course for seasoned enterprise architects.”

For those interested in reading Mike Walker’s full review of EEA, his blog can be found HERE.

To find out more about how we can help your E.A Initiatives, Architecting the Enterprise invite you to attend our free webinar event based on the concepts of EEA entitled, ‘10 Sure-Fire Tips for getting Stakeholder Buy-In to your Architecture Projects’.

To register for this free webinar that will be held on Thursday 12th December 2013 please choose your country and follow the appropriate links below:

If you have any questions at all then please feel free to contact our Online Support Team.

Kind Regards,

 

Keith Flanagan

企业架构免费网络研讨会

Friday, November 29th, 2013

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我是基思·弗拉纳根。在过去的三年中我一直在帮助各行各业各个领域的企业架构师们,开发和维护与他们的关键利益相关者之间的关系。一个好的企业架构师与他们的支持者的之间的关系是否梳理到位是企业架构项目成功的第一步。毕竟,你不会冒险支持你并不信任的架构团队去开发企业架构项目,让你苦心打造出的职业声誉受到质疑。

你可能从前没有听说过我,但你可能听说过迈克 “架构师”沃克,他的精彩博客备受业界关注,他也是著名的各种架构会议的发言人。迈克审阅了这个Elevating Enterprise Architecture (EEA) 课程,他是这样评论的:

“参加这个课程之后,我绝对会向我的同行企业架构师们全力推荐它。本课程提供一个成功的企业架构师所必需具备的软技能。我甚至可以说,它是为有抱负的企业架构师再次充电进修,成为经验丰富的企业架构师而准备的”。

如果您有兴趣阅读迈克·沃克的全文评价,他的博客可以在这里找到。

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Why Enterprise Architecture for Practitioners (Foundation) training?

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Enterprise Architecture for Practitioners (Foundation) training from Architecting the Enterprise is very popular amongst organisations or individuals who are not certification driven and would like to be introduced to the latest TOGAF methods.

 

The foundation level training product is a brilliant, light weight course to introduce an Enterprise Architecture approach to business and executive teams.  This is a good method to align strategy with business stakeholders when the EA team wishes to establish an Enterprise Architecture practice to their organizations.

 

To make Enterprise Architecture engagements successful, fostering collaboration is the key. The business stakeholders and Architect team(s) are required to establish a common understanding of the EA strategic plan, to support the business strategy, goals and objectives, whilst eliminating any miscommunication or fragmentation of the requirements along the way.

 

By attending the Enterprise Architecture for Practitioners (Foundation) course, we will give you an innovative way of setting up the environment to adopt an Enterprise Architecture approach to the organization by using a framework such as TOGAF. Therefore bringing industry tested, open standards into an organisation. This will lead to improved alignment of the business strategy and will drive successful enterprise architecture engagement with all stakeholders.

To read more about this service please see the following link:

http://www.architecting-the-enterprise.com/training/enterprise_architecture_for_practitioners/enterprise_architecture_for_practitioners_%28foundation%29.php

If you have any questions about how you can get up to speed with Enterprise Architecture for Practitioners (Foundation) or if you are interested in how you can build Effective Architecture Teams please contact [email protected]

 

By Linda Yu

 

Senior Business Development Manager & Asia Manager,

Architecting the Enterprise.