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Enterprise Architecture Certification



'Enterprise' Architects Certification, Rules & Criteria

The number and variety of certification initiatives and schemes is increasing all the time. This section covers some of the most popular schemes and aims to clarify what the different letters stand for and give a brief description of what knowledge and skills someone with that certification is likely to have. For less common certification schemes, links are provided to the relevant web pages. The software architects & system designers subsection is the result of an effort of the Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments and the Oxford University Computing Services.

This architects certification overview is intended to be a resource both for architects wanting to gain a certification and for potential architects showing their career possibilities.

Architects Terminology & Certification Levels

Role & Profile of the Enterprise Architect

  • First of all . . . It is not a Saint that can solve all your issues.
  • You can’t become an Enterprise Architect after following a course or training.
  • Enterprise Architects have a long experience in business as well as in technology areas.
  • Enterprise Architects must have different capabilities.
  • Enterprise Architects must play different roles.
  • Enterprise Architects are familiar with different methodologies & techniques.
  • Enterprise Architects are Communicators.
Business Responsibilities
Understanding business objectives, drivers & principles
Good sense of business and technical strategy to envision the “right” enterprise architectural approach to the problem set
Creating visualisations & models, supports decision making
Ability to communicate and mentor others
“Selling” and leadership qualities

Technology Responsibility
Articulating the Enterprise Architectural vision
Conceptualising and experimenting with alternative architectural approaches
Creating models and component and interface specification docs
Validating the architecture against requirements and assumptions

Characteristics of an Effective Enterprise Architect
By: Scott Bittler
Meta Group (18 May 2005)

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What personal characteristics, knowledge, and skills are most commonly found in effective enterprise architects? Although not at all intuitive, several traits are even more important than knowledge of enterprise architecture.

To select the right people, hiring managers and EA team leaders must understand the most important competencies to seek in enterprise architect candidates. We have observed that the wrong people attempting to apply the right process will still struggle to make it work. It is critical to spend time engaging the right people for this important function. As the META Trend states, by 2008, 40% of enterprise architects will have primary expertise in business strategy or process engineering and may no longer be found within the IT organization. This reflects the rising importance of the enterprise business architecture and the need for a more balanced skill set (beyond technical architecture).

Key Characteristics of Enterprise Architects
• Enthusiastic: A passion for life, work, and EA goes a long way. Far too many architects are rendered much less effective simply due to a lack of enthusiasm in their communication about EA.
• Technology-agnostic: Unfortunately, many strong technical people are also quite biased in their views toward vendors/products and tend to “go with what they know.” Architects must be vendor/product-neutral and maintain an objective perspective.
• General in technology outlook: It is important to understand enough about the broad range of technologies that an architect can engage in discussion with technical experts and not be swayed by inappropriately biased personal agendas in technical decisions.
• Well-respected and influential: Architects need the support of senior IT and business managers and the ability to influence them as well as the IT organization at large. Those that are already well respected and have influence have an advantage. New hires must establish this credibility early. It should be noted that influential persons are not always in management positions.
• Able to represent a constituency: Members of an EA team have a constituency - part of the organization they represent in the process. Some individuals are too focused on their own agenda to properly represent others. Although it is fine to assertively share an individual opinion, he or she must yield to the position that best represents and serves his or her constituents.
• Articulate and persuasive: Enterprise architects must spend substantial time communicating and educating. Therefore, it is important that they have the skills to clearly communicate ideas in a persuasive, compelling manner.
• Persistent: Enterprise architects are strategically inspired change agents. People tend to resist change (in most areas), and we certainly find this with the behavioral change being introduced by an EA program. Therefore, it is critical to be persistent in pursuit of positive transformation.
• Good at “helicoptering”: Effective enterprise architects have the rare ability to zoom out and be able to conduct a worthwhile discussion about business strategy with the CEO and, a minute later, be in a technical expert’s office with a zoomed-in mindset discussing technical details without getting lost.
• Strategic: Strategic ideas are, by definition, those that contribute to defining or fulfilling the transformations described in the business strategy of the enterprise while tactical issues pertain to executing well with operations. Architects must be strategically driven, while recognizing the need to have balance in the organization with effective, tactical operations.
• Focused on what is truly best for the organization (limited personal agendas): Although it is human nature to have a personal agenda, the best enterprise architects are leading or participating in an EA process designed to yield whatever will best serve the enterprise (even at the discomfort on one or many along the way).
• Knowledgeable of the business: It is important to avoid the trap of technology for the sake of technology. Enterprise architects are leaders and therefore must have a strong interest in and understanding of the business, its strategic direction, dysfunctions, strengths, etc. It is not good enough to be a superior technologist.
• Able to facilitate: Enterprise architects are frequently counted on to facilitate content development meetings or lead subcommittees. In this capacity, effective group facilitation skills are important.
• Able to negotiate: It is important to seek the win-win positions/solutions on issues as architecture content is developed. There are difficult decisions to be made. Emotion can get in the way. Effective negotiation skills are invaluable for peacefully resolving these situations with powerful decisions to benefit the organization.
• Focused on the long term: The idea is to take a series of short-term steps that not only deliver near-term value, but also contribute toward achieving a longer-term vision for the enterprise. This demands focus on identifying and driving toward that longer-term goal.
• Able to effectively use the whiteboard: Architects are visual people and tend to feel compelled to draw diagrams in their communication. Some people even like to use this reality in interview techniques.
• Able to lead: Taking the initiative to persuade, inspire, motivate, and influence others, plus the ability to make quality decisions with a high level of stakeholder buy-in.
• Able to be taught: It should be noted that a strong understanding of EA is not on this list. This is not an oversight. We have learned that if a person possesses all or most of the aforementioned traits, and he or she is “teachable,” then he or she can learn EA best practices quickly and rapidly become effective.

Bottom Line: Managers/executives must focus on seeking the right mix of knowledge/skills in filling enterprise architecture full-time or part-time roles. Most of these key characteristics are non-technical.
Business Impact: When the right people are selected to fill enterprise architecture roles, the time to business value from enterprise architecture is improved and much more likely sustained.

Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA)

An Organization requires every aspect of the organization be considered when creating an integrated Enterprise Architecture, not just IT but mainly the business.

By utilizing FEAC Certified Enterprise Architects (EA's), the organization will be assured that all business drivers, marketing and sometimes congressional requirements are met, especially IT requirements.

A FEAC Certified EA will have the skills to initiate, sell, cost-justify, procure, select and manage the right team and necessary toolset to insure success.

EA is the 21st Century way to manage more intelligently and pragmatically and strategically

The Certified Architect will have what it takes to enable their Agency to manage projected changes, effectuate eGovernment and leverage all other significant investments through every IT project's life cycle from conceptualization, evaluation, implementation, maintenance, steady state through retirement.

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FEAC Program Details

The FEAC Institute provides project based training and education leading to certification in the Federal Enterprise Architecture, the Department of Defense Architecture, and Commercial EA development.

Browse our pages to find out details about our exciting practitioner based offerings:

FEA(F) FEDERAL ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM addresses the FEA Reference Models, how to build business and technology oriented EAs, how to integrate the FEA with the Zachman Framework (FW), describes Clinger-Cohen compliance, CPIC, Exhibit 300 & 53s, governance, performance metrics, and security integration.

DoD ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM offers hands on experience with the products for the integrated architecture views, and provides an overview on the GIG, Network Centric Warfare, LISI, the CADM and many other Service issues.

COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (CEAC) will be taught in the context of the Views and product composites, TOAGF and the Zachman FW, how it maps to an overall EA, the Reference Models, CPIC, Knowledge Management, EA and Business Decision Support made visible, case studies and much more. This program is available for companies wanting to buy a specialized commercial EA certification track. However for individuals starting in the fall 2008 we have incorporated TOGAF certification as part of the overall EA FEA(F) Certification program.

We can answer any questions regarding our project and practitioner intensive 5 Graduate level course program. We have had tremendous success graduating practitioners in EA and bringing a piece of an EA back to their company, yet being only two but separate weeks in class in a time span of 3 months. The rest of the time you are at work maybe working your FEAC EA project as it combines with your work.
You can get 1/3 towards an MS, get 200 PDUs and gain EA EXPERIENCE all at the same time!
We accept partial payment plans, split payments over time.
We have BIG volume discounts for your organization
Check out our EAZone and EAZone Journal, it’s absolutely mindboggling to see what our Cease have accomplished in 3 months time. There are other papers also and all of it is free

FEAC Certified Enterprise Architects are the most respected EA Professionals and EA experts anywhere! ?If our Organization needs to grow EA Leaders to reap the benefits during this downturn of the economy, give us a call!
Its time to start the process to secure the funds and get management approval to become one of the 800 Black Belt type Certified Enterprise Architect (CEAs) Practitioners FEAC graduated World-wide.

The Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence (EACOE) is an independent industry-wide practitioner-based source for the purpose of advancing the implementation and understanding of Enterprise Architecture:
To help business and information technology teams understand Enterprise Architecture;

  • To help teams implement Enterprise Architectures, and
  • To certify Enterprise Architects with consistent measures of success.

To this end, the mission of EACOE is to advance the professionalism, practitioning, and the body of knowledge related to Enterprise Architecture, and to provide its members with a professional exchange forum of knowledge and experience in the use, implementation, and advancement of Enterprise Architecture.

For more info go to:

Master of Enterprise Architecture

RMIT University one of Australia’s leading educational institutions is proud to annouce their Enterprise Architecture Master program.

Following extensive consultation with companies represented on the school’s industry advisory committee and other Australian and international organisations, the school is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for this exciting new program commencing semester 1, 2006.

The Master of Technology (Enterprise Architecture) is a high-level IT postgraduate by coursework program, specifically designed for ICT professionals who wish to advance their career to the role of Enterprise Architect within an organisation.

Download here the RMIT Enterprise Architecture flyer.

The Open Group - IT Architect Certification Program

The Open Group’s IT Architect Certification program is the premier, global certification program for certifying skills and experience in the IT architecture community. Based on the proven best practices in the industry, it sets an independent, industry-wide standard for IT Architects and creates a foundation for trust between suppliers and customers.

The IT Architect Certification program was developed by members of The Open Group, a technology- and vendor-neutral consortium, in response to the growing demand for highly experienced IT architects with proven track record of success.

Under the program, practicing IT Architects can achieve the IT Architect Certification based on demonstrating substantial skills, experience and success in architecting solutions across the whole lifecycle.

The USA Chief Information Officer Certificate Program

The USA CIO Certificate Program, sponsored by the USA DoD CIO, is a rich up-to-date source of graduate education for federal CIOs to tap in developing their agency personnel. The program responds to the requirements set forth in the Clinger-Cohen Act [of 1996], and establishes an official certificate to recognize that an individual has received education in the federal CIO competencies. The DoD CIO and the Director, IRM College, sign the certificate. Additionally, students may apply their certificates, equivalent to fifteen graduate level credit hours, toward selected Master's or Doctoral degree programs at partner institutions.
The CIO Certificate Program is organized around eleven subject areas directly related to CIO competencies identified by the federal CIO Council

Each subject area is articulated as one or more courses in a particular subject or topic. Some courses are designed to be primary offerings, while others are counted as enrichment courses in student programs.

The IRM College was established November 10, 1988 by Joint Memorandum of the USA DoD Comptroller and the USA President of the National Defense University, responding to Congressional direction to establish a graduate-level institution to educate leaders with IRM responsibilities.

Software Architects & System Designers

Vendors Certification Schemes, Rules & Criteria

Several vendors of software development tools and infrastructure solutions have their own certification schemes. The list below delivers an overview of the most common certification schemes in the market. However it is possible that we are missing some certification programs. In that case, please help us to enhance this list and mail your info to:

Details from Vendors Official Page

Cisco Certification CCNA * CCNA WAN Switching * CCDA * CCNP * CCNP WAN Switching * CCDP * CCIP * CCDP Wan Switching * CCIE with various specialisations
CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) Certification Mainly entry level certifications, all vendor neutral. A+ * CDIA * i-NET+ * Network+ * Server+ * Linux+ * ITProject+ * e-Biz+ * CTT+
IBM Certification Huge list of certification available. See
SUN Java Certification Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition * Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition * Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition * Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
Lotus Certification CLS * CLP * CLI * CLEI
Microsoft Certification MCP * MCP+Internet * MCP+Site Builder * MCSD * MCSE * MCSE+Internet * MCDBA * MCT * MOUS * MOUS Master Instructor * Project 2000
Novell Certification CNA * CNE * Master CNE * CDE * CNI
Solaris Certification Sun Certified System Administrator for Solaris * Sun Certified Network Administrator for Solaris
Red Hat Linux Red Hat Certified Engineer
Tivoli Certification Tivoli Certified Consultant * Tivoli Certified Enterprise Consultant * Tivoli Certified Solutions Expert


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