Overview

With the ever growing amount of structured and unstructured information and the increasing emphasis on information architecture, both Gartner and Forrester have recently put a spotlight on the Information Architect to be the most important IT role.

The Information Architect is the only certification program developed for professionals and organizations need for cross-disciplinary information, application, data and enterprise architecture modelling competencies. This enables structured and unstructured information content to be managed effectively, in terms of information objects, application functions, tasks and services as well as data objects, entities and services.

The certification modules are uniquely designed so that information, application data and enterprise architecture modelling competencies are gained and applied. This is done by combining classroom training with individual project mentoring on the participant’s own existing information projects. This is where the participants apply the acquired modelling techniques in their related areas and disciplines.

The modules have been structured to build on the existing competencies of the practitioner and infuse a new way of thinking, working and modelling. They combine a mix of enterprise and information architecture skills e.g. create taxonomies, document templates and application/data maps, matrices and models that enable the information architecture objects to be managed effectively.

The certification program with Individual Performance Coaching is designed by the Global University Alliance.

Individual Performance Coaching

It is only through coaching and building on the existing knowledge that competencies are gained and applied. The Individual Performance Coaching is an integrated element of the certification program to ensure that the frameworks, methods, models and modelling principles are customized, adopted and applied in a real-world project setting with a personalized action plan. The participants will discover how to drive forth fundamental changes within their organization and to achieve the objectives set in transformation projects.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will become a certified Information Architect.

Career path

Our curriculum is a professional and globally recognized career path built on international standards that are in use today. Our career path is developed to meet professionals and organizations need for cross-disciplinary competency creation and development. Based on a combination of the eXpert core modules, participants are offered the opportunity to specialize even further and certify in other Architect disciplines, such as the LEAD Enterprise Architect and Chief Enterprise Architect.

Certificates and degrees

The Information Architect certification program is accredited as part of the Global University Alliance architecture program.

Who should attend

  • Specialists: Information specialist, Data Mining Specialist, Data Analyst, Data Operator, Data Processor, Data modeller, Data technician, Data Steward, Data Entry, Visual Information Specialist, Application Programmer, Application Developer, Application Engineer, Data Method Specialist, Application Technical specialist and Project Manager.
  • Consultants: Data Consultant, Information Consultant, IT Consultant, Application Consultant and System Consultant.
  • Architects: Information Architect, Data-integration Architect, Application-oriented Information Architect, Content-oriented Information Architect, Data Architects, Application Architects, Information Architect, Solution Architects and Enterprise Architects and Virtual Infrastructure Architect.
  • Managers: Data Manager, Information System Manager, Application Manager, Network Manager, Application Support Manager and Application Administrator.
  • Directors: Data Owner, Information Owner, Application Owner, LoB Director and LoB Owner.

Registration

The certification program is offered as a 5 days training program with ongoing individual performance coaching.

Dates and locations:

  • 13-17 March 2017 – Sydney
  • 14-18 August 2017 – Paris
  • 06-10 November 2017 – San Francisco

The individual registration program fee of €9,800 Euro (Excl. VAT) covers tuition, handouts, case materials, conference facilities and team building games. Not included are travel and accommodations.

This certification program includes:

  • 5 days of classroom training
  • 6 x 1.5 hours of digital pre-recorded sessions
  • Individual performance coaching during the course
  • 1 certificate

If two or more participants from your organization are participating in this certification program, you will have the opportunity to use your own information architecture models and thereby work on a personalized case for your company.

To request a customized or closed program, or if you have questions about registration or multi-attendee discounts, please contact us.

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Learning Model

The Information Architect certification program is based on four intensive classroom training modules supported with in-depth individual performance mentoring on a selected project. The hands-on experience ensures that the information, application, data and enterprise architecture modelling skills are applied within the following tracks:

  • LEAD Certification Schedule - Information Architect RoadmapBusiness Layer Modelling: Business model, service model, process modelling, business workflow, business and system measurements, scorecards, dashboards and cockpits.
  • Information Layer Modelling: Application component (e.g. logical/physical), application feature, functionality, task and service and data component, entity and service and system flow.
  • Technology Layer Modelling: Platform component (e.g. logical/physical), devices and services as well as infrastructure component (e.g. logical/physical) and infrastructure service.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of this program, you will be able to work effectively within our:

Way of Thinking

Focus Area Relation to Strategy
  • Business and IT (application, data, platform and infrastructure) design
  • Identify business, IT, solution, information, process and technology requirements
  • Focus on pain points, bottlenecks and benchmarking
  • Focus on IT solution development, build, configuration and testing
  • Develop business, information and IT standards
  • Ensure process and information integration (application and data)
  • Ensure correct testing
  • Maintain and optimize information solutions
  • Operate, maintain and optimize IT solutions
  • Continuous process improvementn
  • Business Innovation & Transformation Enablement (BITE)
  • Secure strategic alignment
  • Align architecture goals with requirements
  • Align business processes to operational goals
  • Align value drivers to business strategy
  • Define enterprise architecture (EA) and information objectives
  • Develop solutions based on business and IT requirements
  • Define solution functions linked to business functions
  • Develop solution goals based on operational objectives
  • Identify measurements and reporting needs
  • Define innovation and transformation needs
  • Link activities to Business Model transformation
  • Link business KPIs to system KPIs
  • Define innovation and transformation needs
  • Ensure correct information reporting (reports, cockpits, dashboards and scorecards)

Way of Working

Tasks & Services The needed skill for abstraction level for an Information Architect
  • Work with business owners and executives
  • Define business, information and IT standardization and integration
  • Define application, data, platform and infrastructure components, rules, compliance and security
  • Define application components and modules
  • Define information and data objects and system flow
  • Develop information software functions, tasks and services
  • Design system measurements and reports
  • Select application functions, tasks and services
  • Select platform and infrastructure devices
  • Develop system cockpits, dashboards and scorecards
  • Develop application and data functions, tasks, services, flows, channels and media
  • Develop platform and infrastructure services, channels and media
  • Build application roles, rules and compliance
  • Define information rules e.g. application and data rules
  • Ensure information compliance to business and technology rules
  • Develop application/data flow
  • Enable platform and infrastructure devices to work with information
  • Set up information measures and monitoring
  • Develop information system cockpits, dashboards and scorecards
  • Benchmark business, IT and information maturity
  • Deploy platform and infrastructure components and devices
  • Apply application roles, rules and compliance
  • Conceptual (theoretical, abstract and intangible) the high level description of the logical
  • Context (situation, milieu/environment and perspective)
  • Concrete (tangible, existing and actual)
  • Descriptive and Specification (explanation, depiction/sketch and portrayal often using a map, matrix and/or model)
  • Design (plan, intend and aim)

Way of Modelling

Define, develop and create the following maps, matrices and/or models: Decisions Scopes
  • Forces & Drivers (internal and external)
  • Strategy
  • Business Competency/Capability
  • Business, Information and Solution Requirements
  • Revenue, Cost, Value and Performance
  • Operating, Service and Information
  • Process Workflow, Rules, Measurements & Reporting
  • Information Rules, Compliance, Measurements & Reporting, Services, Operating, Maturity, Interface, Screen Flow, Roles, Requirements
  • Data Service, Maturity, Screen Flow, Interface
  • Platform and Infrastructure Service, Rules, Virtualization, High Availability Model, Requirements, Distribution, Maturity
  • Business Case
  • Requirement decisions; business value drivers and IT value drivers
  • IT solution options and decisions
  • Programming possibilities and decisions
  • Information options (e.g. standardization, integration, flows, etc.)
  • Scenarios decisions; value rules, flow and measurements
  • Enterprise-wide
  • Specific business and information areas
  • Solutions
  • Projects
  • Flows

Way of Governance

The Way of Governance is the act of governing what exist or in the process of getting developed/deployed. The Way of Information and Enterprise Architecture Governance is therefore an essential part of developing a holistic and integrated approach to verify and ensure value identification and creation.

Enterprise Requirement Management Governance & Continuous Improvement

Information Lifecycle

In the context of information modelling principles, the course participant will learn to think and split their work into the relevant lifecycles (e.g. application and data lifecycles). The lifecycle thinking is vital as it represents the course of developmental changes through which the information evolves in terms of innovation and/or transformation as it passes during its lifetime. From information analysis, information strategy, information component, information tasks and information service definition (application/data), information operations, improvements and changes. The Information Lifecycle (ILC) thereby consists of a set of phases and steps in which each phase of the ILC uses the results of the previous one. It provides a sequence of phases and activities for Information eXperts and Information/Solution Architects.

  1. Application Management Lifecycle

    Example of an Application Lifecycle that is used with the Information Lifecycle.

    Information Analysis & Strategy: The phase where ones information strategy is defined based on the business and information requirements e.g. business needs and wants, as well as business and information demands. Then information goals and detailed requirements are defined, information choice clarified; through blueprinting the information maps, matrix and models are developed.

  2. Information Design: The phase where one initiates, aligns, arranges, categorizes, charts, defines, determines, quantifies, drafts, outlines and designs the information concept. The information design phase considers the identified business requirements and the specific design considerations for information components (e.g. logical/physical), information modules, information features, information functions, information tasks and information services.
  3. Information Build & Test: The phase where one creates, sets up, builds, integrates, standardizes, harmonizes, consolidates as well as tests the information solutions. Furthermore information standardization as well as information integration and interface e.g. API is considered.
  4. Information Implementation/Deployment: The phase where one launches, implements, executes, deploys, activates, completes, concludes and transitions the information to execution (go live).
  5. Information Operations & Maintenance: The phase where theinformation is managed in terms of their components, services, incidents/issues and information change request fulfillments, etc.
  6. Continuous Information Improvement: The phase where one improves the existing information operation, evaluates, adjusts, alters, amends, changes, corrects, eliminates, enhances, increases, modifies, optimizes and/or excludes specific information parts.