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Enterprise Architecture Basic Concepts

This Enterprise Architecture Basic Concepts course provides an overview of the theory and practice of Enterprise Architecture (EA), its roots in business and technology analysis and planning, the value and risk of implementing EA in an organization, the scope of EA programs, EA documentation methods, and the six basic elements that comprise a complete approach to practicing EA. Leading edge concepts of integrating strategic, business, and technology planning through holistic EA approaches are presented during the course. 

This course is taught over four days, with each day primarily consisting of lectures and a case study that runs throughout the curriculum. Examples of current EA practices and methods are also provided, including the foundational work of John Zachman and Steven Spewak, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), the EA3 'Cube' Framework, and the Federal EA Framework (FEA). 

This is the first of a three course series. Taught over four days, each day consists of morning lectures, discussions, and afternoon hands-on documentation workshops (8 hours per day). There is a one hour final examination on the final afternoon that reinforces the key learning points of the course. Those who attend all four days and pass the final examination will receive a completion certificate. Those who complete all three courses in the series (Enterprise Architecture Basic Concepts, Applied Concepts, and Advanced Concepts) and successfully pass the in-class exams, will also receive the Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) designation and certificate from the International Enterprise Architecture Institute (http://www.internationaleainstitute.org/).

Upon completion of the Enterprise Architecture Basic Concepts course, students will be able to: 

  • Establish a solid foundation of understanding for current EA concepts and methods; 
  • Understand EA program basic elements: Governance, Methodology, Best Practices, Framework, Documentation Artifacts, and Collaboration Repository; 
  • Describe the value and risk of doing Enterprise Architecture 
  • Describe EA terminology and best practices


Executives, managers, and staff in public and private sector organizations who want to gain an understanding of how to establish an Enterprise Architecture (EA) program, update existing architectures, do specific projects, grow EA teams, and use the architecture to support planning and decision-making throughout the organization.

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  • Module 1: EA Theory and Practice Overview
  • Module 2: The Value and Risk of Doing Enterprise Architecture
  • Module 3: The Roots of EA - Part 1: Age of Information
  • Module 4: The Roots of EA - Part 2: Related Theory
  • Module 5: The Scope of EA - Part 1: EA as a Meta Model
  • Module 6: The Scope of EA - Part 2: Strategy, Business, Technology
  • Module 7: EA Basic Element 1: Integrated Governance
  • Module 8: EA Basic Element 2: Implementation Method
  • Module 9: EA Basic Element 3: Documentation Framework
  • Module 10: EA Basic Element 4: Documentation Artifacts
  • Module 11: EA Basic Element 5: Repository and Tools
  • Module 12: EA Basic Element 6: Associated Best Practice


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