Intro to Enterprise Architecture: MOOC Resources

Additional learning and reference materials to accompany the Introduction to Enterprise Architecture MOOC.

This resource page showcases some of the tools and deliverables produced as part of a standard enterprise architecture engagement. It provides material to enable a greater level of understanding and visually support some of the artefacts mentioned in the MOOC.

Module 1

In module one of the MOOC, we introduced you to a Business Capability Model which can be used to provide business context and anchor a number of architecture views. The business capability model describes the capabilities that exist within the organisation to deliver the organisations value proposition. Whilst the organisation structure can be overlayed on the model it does not represent an organisation structure in itself. The example positions the core business capabilities under the value chain whilst supporting the capabilities are positioned to the support the core business capabilities.

Looking to understand how the development of a Business Capability Model can support your organisation’s strategic objectives? 

In module one we introduced you to reference models and made reference to the Supply Chain Operating Reference (SCOR®) model as an example industry reference model. SCOR® provides a framework that links business process, metrics, best practices and technology features. The model can inform business modelling activities and can be used to improve the effectiveness of supply chain management and related supply chain improvement activities.

Looking to understand how the industry reference models can be used to accelerate your business modelling activities?

Module 2

In module two we introduced you to a Business Motivation Model. The model provides a structure to assist in communicating the business plans of an organisation. The example demonstrates how the model can be used to describe the mission and vision of an organisation, the strategies required to achieving them, and the specific goals and objectives that relate to those strategies.

Looking to understand how the development of a Business Motivation Model can support your organisation’s strategic objectives? 

In module two we introduced you to a viewpoint description. A viewpoint description provides a schema for capturing a description of the viewpoint, the target stakeholders, the concerns addressed, the metamodel concepts contained in the model, and the name of the model itself.

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In module two we introduced you to a Conceptual Data Model. The example model depicts the key data entities that may be relevant to an organisation and the relationships between them. The model also demonstrates how key data entities can be grouped into subject areas.

Looking to understand how an articulation of your data architecture can provide value to your organisation?

In module two we introduced you to an Application Reference Model.  The model provides a taxonomy for classifying the application assets.  As demonstrated within the example, additional information can be incorporated into the model to communicate the health of the portfolio based on the life-cycle status, and the finding from functional and non-functional assessments.

Looking to understand how the development of an Application Reference Architecture can support your organisation’s strategic objectives?

In module two we introduced you to a Technology Reference Model.  The model provides a taxonomy for classifying the technology assets.  As demonstrated within the example, additional information can be incorporated into the model to communicate the status of the asset lifecycles, asset licencing arrangements, asset support models, and/or indicate whether an asset is a global or local standard.

Looking to understand how the development of a Technology Reference Architecture can support your organisation’s strategic objectives? 

Module 3

In module three of the MOOC, we introduced you to the concept of an Architecture Roadmap and how it relates to Phase E: Solutions and Opportunities and Phase F: Migration Planning. The sample architecture roadmap demonstrates how the complexities embedded within a program of work can be articulated for general communication. The example roadmap provides a view of an organisation’s strategic drivers, goals and objectives; the current and target state architectures; and the planned initiatives required to realise the intended target state including the links back to the strategic objectives.

Looking to understand how the development of an Architecture Roadmap can support your organisation’s strategic objectives? 

In module three we introduced you to a Radial Diagram. The diagram provides an alternative view of an architecture roadmap. Similar to the sample application architecture roadmap, the model contains a timeline and represents a set of sequenced activities against it in order to realise a target state. Unlike the sample application architecture roadmap, the radial diagram does not contain a representation of the current and target state architectures.

Looking to understand how the development of an Architecture Roadmap can support your organisation’s strategic objectives?

In module three we introduced you to a Change Impact Diagram. The diagram provides a view of strategic business scenarios and the capabilities required to deliver the specific goals and objectives of those scenarios. The diagram can also be used to demonstrate the impacts of the business scenarios to specific business capabilities. This impact assessment can be used to inform subsequent change initiatives in support of the desired business scenario(s).

Looking to understand the change impacts across your organisation due to various strategic business scenarios?

Module 4

In module four we introduced you to an Architecture Maturity Assessment. The example demonstrates how an architecture assessment can be used to review how well and architecture practice is performing and where the opportunities for improvement reside. The embedded radar graph provides a view of the current maturity of an architecture practice which can also be compared to the desired target state.

Looking to understand how an architecture assessment may be conducted in your organisation?

In module four we introduced you to an Architecture Skills Matrix. The example diagram provides a view of various roles across the architecture landscape and the relationships between them.

Looking for more information relating to the various roles across the architecture landscape?

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