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Designing Strategically Aligned Solutions

Through lecture and case study-driven workshops, you will learn how to bridge the gap between planning and implementation. You will relate the impact of different solution strategies on the Enterprise Business Architecture (EBA) and be able to use EBA designs in Requests for Proposals (RFPs). You will learn the relationship between EBA and functional, information, business rules, and security requirements. You will learn to map the relationship between business processes and software services in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). You will also learn the nature and use of EA repositories to support architectural reuse.

Students pursuing a university-recognized and/or accredited certificate in Canada or continuing education units in the US must attend at least 90% of class time, participate in class exercises and section-knowledge checks, and score at least 70% on an end-of-class, multiple-choice assessment.

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Who Should Attend?

Policy and planning analysts, program review analysts, business architects, business analysts, business designers, business solution consultants, business transformation analysts and designers

What You'll Learn

  • Distinguish between strategically aligned solutions and traditional stovepipe solutions
  • Use the target business and system models to ensure alignment of solution design
  • Use enterprise integration strategies to align solutions with the target systems model
  • Determine impact of the as-built/implemented solution on the target business and system model
  • Validate business alignment through solution benefits realization and tracking

Course Outline

1. Planning Vs. Implementation

  • Strategically Aligned Solutions vs. Traditional Stovepipe Solutions
  • Planning a Transformation Initiative vs. Planning a Solution
  • Project Portfolio Management vs. Project Management
  • Role of the Enterprise Business Architect in Transitioning the Organization from Portfolio Planning to Solution Implementation
  • Role of Architectural Governance in Project Portfolio Management and Solution Implementation Lifecycles

2. How Enterprise Models Support Solutions Strategies

  • How Target Business and System Models Support the Selection and Implementation of a Solution Strategy
  • Re-Use As Is
  • Custom Building
    • Extending Existing
    • Building New
  • Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Software
    • Acquire New
    • Extend Existing (Additional Off-the-Shelf Functions)
  • Using EBA Models to Support Solutions Acquisition
  • Elaborating EBA Models in Project Repositories: Check Out/Check In

3. EBA and Functional Requirement Analysis

  • Using the Function Model to Set the Scope of the Solution
  • Using Business and System Use Cases to Align Solution with Business Requirements
    • Specification Level
    • Acceptance Testing Level
  • Using the Logical Integration Model to Specify Integration with Legacy Systems

4. EBA and Information Requirements

  • Using the Information Model to Define Solution Requirements for Managing Information
  • Using Data Mastering to Define the Requirements for Data Integration

5. EBA and Business Rules

  • Using the Policy Model to Define Solution Requirements for Managing Business Rules
  • Strategies for Making Business Rules Available to Future Solutions
  • Strategies for Making Legacy Systems' Business Rules Available for Re-Use by other Systems

6. EBA and Security and Privacy Requirements

  • Using the Trust Model to Define Security and Privacy Requirements for Solutions (Authentication, Authorization, Administration)
  • Using EBA Models to Support the Development of Privacy Impact Assessments and Threat Risk Assessments (TRAs)
  • Using Role-Responsibility Models to Define User Privileges for Solutions

7. Aligning Application Services with Business Processes

  • Using the Business Models to Ensure that Solution Designs Meet Cross-Functional Business Process Requirements
  • Applying Use Case and Swim Lane Models to Align Application Services with Business Process Requirements

8. Solution Benefits Tracking - Closing the Loop on Alignment

  • Role of Solution Benefits Tracking in Achieving Alignment and Completing Solution Architecture Validation
  • What Is Needed to Meet Business Expectations and Project Commitments
  • Defining Strategies for Tracking Benefits of the Solution