Information Architect

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 information architecture 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.

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:

  • Business Layer Modelling: Business model, service model, process modelling, business workflow, business and system measurements, scorecards, dashboards and cockpits.
  • Application 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.

LEAD Certification Schedule - Information Architect Roadmap

Following every 5 days of classroom training, each participant receives 0.5 days of Individual Performance Mentoring on a selected project.

Individual Performance Mentoring

It is only through mentoring and building on the existing knowledge that competencies are gained and applied. The Individual Performance Mentoring (IPM) is an integrated element of the Information Architect certification path to ensure the frameworks, methods, models, modelling principles are customized, adopted and applied in a real-world project setting with a personalized action plan. The participant 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.

Value Of This Certification Program

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

Way of Thinking

Focus Area

  • 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 and IT standards
  • Develop information standards
  • Ensure information in terms of application and data integration
  • Ensure correct testing
  • Establish IT standards
  • Ensure IT and process integration
  • Maintain and optimize information solutions
  • Operate, maintain and optimize IT solutions
  • Business Transformation & Innovation Enablement (BITE)
  • Continuous process improvement

Relation to Strategy

  • Secure strategic alignment
  • Align architecture goal with requirements
  • Aligns business processes to operational goals
  • Aligns value drivers to business strategy
  • Define enterprise architecture (EA) objectives
  • Develop solutions based on business/IT requirements
  • Define solution functions linked to business functions
  • Develop solution goal based on operational objective
  • Develop EA standards and policies
  • Identify measurements and reporting needs
  • Define transformation needs
  • Process innovation based on operational objectives
  • Links activities to business model transformation
  • Link business KPIs to system KPIs
  • Ensure correct information reporting in terms of reports, cockpits, dashboards and scorecards

Way of Working

Task & Services

  • Work with business owners and executives
  • Define information standardization and integration
  • Define business 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 function, task and services
  • Define application components and modules
  • Define information and data objects and system flow
  • 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 government, business rules, process and service rules
  • Develop application/data flow
  • Enable information channels and media
  • Enable devices to work with information
  • Set up information measures and monitoring
  • Develop information system cockpits, dashboards and scorecards
  • Benchmark information maturity
  • Deploy platform and infrastructure components and devices
  • Apply application roles, rules and compliance
  • Benchmark business and IT maturity
  • Set up process measures and monitoring

The needed skill for abstraction level for an Information Architect

  • 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

An Information Architect defines, develops and creates the following maps, matrices and/or models:

  • Forces & Drivers
  • Strategy
  • Business Competency
  • Business Requirements
  • Revenue, Cost, Value & 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
  • Solution Requirement
  • Business Case

Decisions

  • 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

Scopes

  • Enterprise-wide information modelling
  • Specific business and information areas
  • Information solution
  • Projects and information projects e.g. software projects, business intelligence projects
  • Information and data flow

At the end of this program, you will be able to work effectively and efficiently within advanced information decomposition and composition modelling principles. In information modelling, these are for the most part the following 17 areas with specific modelling rules:

  1. The business uses through its business competencies the application task, functions and application and data services. This combination together with the right business model will reduce cost, improve operation in terms of effectiveness and efficiency and support revenue growth.
  2. Business goals and requirements will dictate the goals and requirements for the information usage. Business objectives, performance expectation and performance indicators can be measured within applications and data.
  3. Business services can be (partly) delivered and/or consumed by application features, application functions, application tasks and application and data services. The mentioned parts of the information are subject to the relation between business service provider and consumer, to the business service construct / delivery and to whether it is a main or a supporting business service.
  4. Application services automate business process steps. Application tasks automate process activities. These can be executed as preprogrammed, as reaction to specific events, as well as based on business decisions, such as gateways. The data relevant for the business decisions can be found in reports, cockpits, dashboards and/or scorecards.
  5. The information flow are designed to follow several flows in the business, such as reporting flow, service flow, process workflow, application workflow, data flow and scenarios.
  6. Application functions, tasks and services can be measured themselves (system measurements, service measurements) as well as delivering measurements for several business reporting (business performance indicators, key performance indicators (on strategic, tactical and operational level), service level agreements, process performance indicators) to scorecards, dashboards and cockpits.
  7. Application functions, tasks and services make use of business, information and data objects. An application uses, modifies, and/or produces data on several hierarchical levels: application component/module with data component, application function with data object, application service with data service and application task with data entity.
  8. The enacted business roles performed through its process steps and activities have to be supported by the roles of the application functions, tasks and services.
  9. Different owners can be recognized when dealing with information. All owners have specific responsibilities, which result indifferent demands and wishes of various aspects of the information. There are owners with responsibilities concerning business, process, service, value, performance, information, application, data, platform, infrastructure, security and compliance.
  10. Several rules, which apply to services, processes, applications, data and security have to be adhered to and embedded in the different parts of the information rules.
  11. When designing, building, implementing, updating, working with and terminating application functions, tasks, and application and data services several policies, guidelines, standards, regulations as well as issues of governance controls, risk management, audit, evaluation, security and monitoring must be taken into account in order to be compliant.
  12. Information modules, functions, tasks and services need to support different business and technology channels. The business channels can either be a marketing, sales, distribution, service or other channels; the last technology channels can be communication, digital image/screen, programming, broadcasting, I/O or audio channels.
  13. The data entities and services are used by the application functions and services.
  14. Application functions, tasks and services can be media as communication or media used in a computer. The communicating media can be advertising, broadcast / electronic communication networks, digital, electronic, mass, print, recording, social media, media store, multimedia and hypermedia; the computer media can be data storage devices, application software or other computing media.
  15. A platform is used to enable an application on several hierarchical levels: platform component enables application component, platform service enables application service and platform service element enables application task.
  16. The application components and modules reside on infrastructure components. Infrastructure services support the platform, data and application services.
  17. The business service is automated by the application service, data service, platform service and infrastructure service.

The mentioned information modelling principles and rules are a part of the curriculum and participants will be able to model the information throughout the entire information lifecycle.

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.

LEADing Practice Governance & Continuous Improvement Approach

LEADing Practice Governance & Continuous Improvement Approach

Enterprise Architecture & Process Lifecycle

In the context of enterprise architecture and process modelling principles, the course participant will learn to think and split their work into the relevant lifecycle phases. The lifecycle thinking is vital as it represents the course of developmental changes through which the enterprise architecture and process objects and artifacts change in terms of innovation and/or transformation as it passes during its lifetime. From analysis, design, solution/project implementation and continuous improvements.

Thereby the enterprise architecture and process lifecycle consists of a set of steps/phases in which each phase uses the results of the previous one. It provides a sequence of phases and activities for the Information Architect.

Information Lifecycle

In the context of information modelling principles, the course participant will learn to think and split their work into the relevant lifecycle's e.g. information, application and data. 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 steps/phases 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.

The ILC adheres to important phases that are essential for the mentioned roles developers, such as information analysis, information strategy/planning, information design, and information implementation as well as continuous information improvements e.g. application optimization data harmonization etc. Today some Information life cycle models have been created, such as ITIL v2 and v3, which is the Application and Service Lifecycle Concept that concentrate only very little on the maturity and architectural aspects of information. The LEADing Practice Information Lifecycle concept interlinks and can be integrated with other lifecycles; it does however focus on all information aspects from requirements, maturity, modelling to architecture:

  1. 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 and/or Deployment: The phase where one launches, implements, executes, deploys, activates, completes, concludes and transitions the information to execution (go live).
  5. Information Operation: The phase where the information 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.

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.

Target Audience

Designed for professionals with 3-10 years of experience:

  • Specialist: 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.
  • Consultant: Data Consultant, Information Consultant, IT Consultant, Application Consultant and System Consultant.
  • Architect: 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
  • Manager: Data Manager, Information System Manager, Application Manager, Network Manager, Application Support Manager and Application Administrator.
  • Director: Data Owner, Information Owner, Application Owner, LoB Director and LoB Owner.

Price €9,800 Euro (Excl. VAT)

This certification program includes:

  • 6 x 1.5 hours of digital pre-recorded sessions
  • 5 days of classroom training
  • Individual Performance Mentoring 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.

Location & Dates

Enterprise Architecture eXpert certification dates:

04-08 June 2016: Ottawa, Canada
12-16 September 2016: Washingston DC, USA
17 - 21 October 2016: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Information eXpert certification dates:

11-15 January 2016: San Francisco, USA
10-14 October 2016: Berlin, Germany

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