Technology Architect

As the complexity of IT grows, more and more organizations are realizing the need for cross-disciplinary architectural competencies. Gartner identifies the Technology (infrastructure and platform) Architect as the key role to adopt cross-disciplinary competencies to add value. The Technology Architect certification program is the only cross-disciplinary career path providing infrastructure and platform and enterprise architecture modelling competencies. This equips the Technology Architects with frameworks, methods, approaches and supporting maps, matrices and models to develop a common platform and infrastructure which support the different application architecture styles.

The Technology Architect certification program has been 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 in the participant’s own existing information and technology projects.

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

Learning Model

The Technology Architect certification program is based on two intensive classroom training models supported with in-depth Individual performance mentoring on a selected project. The hands-on experience ensures that the platform, infrastructure, enterprise architecture management and 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.

Technology 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 Technology 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 Technology 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

  • Maintain and optimize platform and infrastructure
  • Business and IT (application, data, platform and infrastructure) design
  • Identify business, IT, solution and technology requirements
  • Identify process requirements
  • Focus on pain points, bottlenecks and benchmarking
  • Focus on IT solution development, build, configuration and testing
  • Identify platform and infrastructure requirements
  • Platform design strategy
  • Focus on platform and infrastructure development and configuration (enterprise/solutions/projects)
  • Develop platform and infrastructure standards
  • Ensure platform integration
  • Ensure infrastructure harmonization and consolidation
  • Ensure testing
  • Maintain and optimize platform and infrastructure
  • Develop business and IT standards
  • Develop process standardization
  • Establish IT standards
  • Ensure IT and process integration
  • Operate, maintain and optimize IT solutions
  • Business Transformation & Innovation Enablement (BITE)
  • Continuous process improvement

Relation to Strategy

  • Align architecture goal with requirements
  • Align business processes to operational goals
  • Align value drivers to business strategy
  • Define enterprise architecture objectives
  • Develop EA standards and policies
  • Develop platform and infrastructure solutions based on business/technology requirements
  • Define platform and infrastructure services linked to business services
  • Develop platform and infrastructure solution based on operational objective and goals
  • Develop technology maturity through the enterprise
  • Secure strategic alignment
  • Identify measurements and reporting needs
  • Define transformation needs
  • Process innovation based on operational objectives
  • Links activities to Business Model transformation

Way of Working

Task & Services

  • Work with business owners and executives
  • 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
  • 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
  • Develop enterprise service buss requirements
  • Define platform and infrastructure standardization and integration
  • Develop technology services (platform/infrastructure services)
  • Define technology components (platform/infrastructure)
  • Define platform devices
  • Define platform/infrastructure rules
  • Ensure platform/infrastructure compliance to government, business rules, process and service rules
  • Enable platform/infrastructure channels
  • Build application roles, rules and compliance
  • Deploy platform and infrastructure components and devices
  • Apply application roles, rules and compliance
  • Benchmark business and IT maturity
  • Setup process measures and monitoring
  • Setup platform/infrastructure media
  • Enable devices to work with technology (platform/infrastructure)
  • Benchmark platform/infrastructure maturity

The needed skill for abstraction level for a Technology 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)
  • Execution (completing, performing and realizing)

Way of Modelling

A Technology Architect defines, develops and creates the following maps, matrices and/or models:

  • Forces & Drivers
  • Strategy
  • Business Competency
  • Revenue, Cost, Value & Performance
  • Operating, Service and Information
  • Process, Workflow and Rules
  • Measurements & Reporting
  • Business Requirement
  • Information & Technology Services, Rules, Distribution, Virtualization and High Availability
  • Technology (platform/infrastructure) Requirement, Compliance, Operating, Maturity and Interface
  • Application Roles, Rules, Compliance, Measurement & Reporting, Service, Operating, Maturity, Screen Flow and Interface
  • Data Service, Maturity, Screen Flow, Interface
  • Solution Requirement
  • Business Case

Decisions

  • Requirement decisions; business value drivers and IT value drivers
  • Scenarios decisions; value rules, flow and measurements
  • Technology (platform/infrastructure) options and decisions
  • Technology (platform/infrastructure) setup possibilities and decisions
  • Technology (platform/infrastructure) standardization and integration decisions

Scopes

  • Enterprise-wide
  • Specific business area
  • Solutions
  • Projects
  • Service-oriented
  • 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 Platform, Infrastructure and Enterprise Architecture Governance is therefore an essential part of developing a holistic and integrated approach to verify and ensure value identification and creation.

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

LEADing Practice Governance & Continuous Improvement Approach

LEADing Practice Governance & Continuous Improvement Approach

In the context of technology modelling principles, the course participant will learn to think and split their work into the relevant lifecycles e.g. platform and infrastructure. The lifecycle thinking is vital as it represents the course of developmental changes through which the technology components evolve in terms of innovation and/or transformation as it passes during its lifetime. From technology analysis, technology strategy, technology components, technology tasks and technology service definition (platform/technology), technology operations, improvements and changes.

Thereby the technology 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 Technology Architects. The specific lifecycles relevant for Technology Architects are:

  • Platform Lifecycle
  • Infrastructure Lifecycle

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: Technology Specialist, Platform Specialist, Infrastructure Specialist, System Specialist, IT Infrastructure Engineer, Software Engineer, Method Specialist, Technical Infrastructure Specialist, Platform Analyst, Infrastructure Analyst, Infrastructure Manager and Platform Manager.
  • Consultant: Technology Consultant, Platform Consultant, Infrastructure Consultant and System Consultant.
  • Architect: Technology Architect, Information/Data Architect, Application Architect, Solution Architect, Enterprise Architect and Virtual Infrastructure Architect.
  • Manager: Technology manager, Infrastructure Manager, Platform Manager and Project Manager.
  • Directors: Technology Owner, Platform Owner, Infrastructure 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 technology 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

Technology eXpert certification dates:

16 - 20 May 2016: San Fransisco, USA
15-19  August 2016: Hong Kong

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