Fundamentals of Enterprise Architecture

This course is the first of three courses in the Carnegie Mellon University Enterprise Architecture Certification Program offered by EA Fellows. 

According to workshop developer Scott Bernard, enterprise architecture is “the analysis and documentation of an enterprise in its current and future states from a strategy, business and technology perspective” (EA = S + B + T). It helps to integrate and manage IT resources from a strategy and business-driven viewpoint.

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During the course, Scott Bernard’s enterprise architecture framework called EA³ Cube will be used as a tool for explaining what the basic elements of EA are, and how such a framework is used in documenting your enterprise architecture. Every now and then, we will also look at what TOGAF, Zachman, Sogeti’s DYA, and others have to offer.

This “Fundamentals of Enterprise Architecture” course is intended to provide executives, managers, IT staff, enterprise architects, and other interested individuals with exposure to the basic concepts of enterprise architecture.

About this course

The “Fundamentals of Enterprise Architecture” course provides an understanding of how EA serves to integrate strategic and public sector EA frameworks, implementation methodologies, documentation techniques, tool use and best practices. Students will understand how 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.

The number of participants is limited to 16 for maximum interaction and learning experience.

Why should you attend this course

Participants who complete this workshop will have a basic understanding of EA concepts and practices, and will be better prepared to participate in and add value at a basic level to EA projects in private and public sector organizations. This should result in improved EA program success, higher quality EA documentation products, better support for IT resource planning and decision-making, improved communication with EA program stakeholders, and increased EA value delivery.

Who should attend this workshop

This workshop is particularly useful for anyone who is involved in enterprise architecture, but who wants a basic understanding of what is involved in this domain. This includes, but is not restricted to Business Managers, Program Managers, Technology Managers, Technical Staff.

Course Overview

The course provides students with a basic understanding of how 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.

The course covers:

  • EA Theory and Practice:
    • Basic concepts of EA
    • Drivers and value proposition of EA
    • EA³ Cube as a complete EA approach
    • Use of EA in private and public sector
  • Basic elements of EA:
    • Implementation Method
    • Documentation Framework
    • Components & Frameworks
    • Reposity & Tools
    • Best Practices
  • EA Documentation:
    • Strategy Sub-Architecture
    • Business Sub-Architecture
    • Data Sub-Architecture
    • Systems Applications Sub-Architecture
    • Network Sub-Architecture
    • Security Sub-Architecture
    • Architecture Standards

This includes:

  • the identification, development, modeling, and integration of strategic goals, initiatives, and measures;
  • business requirements for processes and services;
  • and supporting technology solutions including information systems, applications, databases, websites, networks, security, and standards.

The course will also cover basic concepts in linking EA to other governance processes, including capital planning, program management, security, and human resources management.