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Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Our certification programs are for anyone who is serving as or wants to be qualified as an Enterprise Architect or do Enterprise Analysis. This would include roles such as: 

  • Chief Enterprise Architect
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Enterprise Architecture Project or Program Manager
  • Enterprise Architecture Team Leader
  • Business Analyst
  • Busines Architect
  • Data Architect
  • Solution Architect

Commercial and Government Sector Employees, Contractors, and Integrators who want to understand:

  • How to develop an Enterprise Architecture from planning through implementation.
  • How to develop a set of core and supporting EA products.
  • EA project or program management and integration.
  • Interpret Business Needs.
  • How to develop or leverage federated architectures within and across enterprises.
  • Linking EA to Budget, Capital Planning and Systems Development/Engineering Lifecycles.
  • Incorporation of security, privacy and information assurance into EA, at all levels.
  • Translate Technical Complexities.
  • OMB FEA Reference Models and their use in agencies and other organizations.
  • The value added attribution of Enterprise Architecture throughout organizations.
  • Relationships of data and model driven architectures and how to select supporting EA tools.
  • Enterprise initiatives including SOA, ERP and BPR and their EA relationships.
  • The difference, in the federal government, between compliance and mission driven Architectures
  • Skills required in their existing planning and architecture positions
  • How to pursue a new and different career path in business, mission or IT organizations
  • EA in the context of existing expertise in a specialized area of knowledge or professional practice
  • Scope High-level Vision
  • Be a Political Guide
  • Identify, Model and Document Project Details and Requirements
  • Test and Validate Requirements and Analysis Models
  • Develop Teams
  • Represent Project Stakeholders
  • Identify and Model Process Requirements
  • Identify and Model Data Requirements
  • Identify Business Rules Requirements
  • Identify Test Requirements and understand Analysis for Decision Making
  • Learn to Manage Requirements and Joint Application Development
  • Scope Projects
  • Understand and write Use Cases
  • Improve Business Processes
  • Understand Technical Specifications
  • Analyze Cost to Benefit
  • Lead and Manage Projects

Executives and Managers who must gain appreciation for or understand:

  • The value of an Enterprise Architecture for their company, agency or organization.
  • The rationale for legislation (Clinger-Cohen or Sarbanes-Oxley) requiring or impacting an organizations need to use EA.
  • How to articulate what EA contributes to meeting organizational goals.
  • How to take ownership of and provide leadership for their company/agency EA
  • EA ROI and how to measure it.
  • How to align the Enterprise Architecture with Strategic Plans and use it to drive the Acquisition and Management of IT resources.

Organizations that want to:

  • Kick-start Enterprise Architecture teams and gets new employees, working on EA, up to speed fast.
  • Become more agile in ability to support mission program needs
  • Reduce stovepipes and stovepipe thinking (everyone has to have their own support)
  • Improve the bottom line (consolidate costs and service centers)
  • Respond to Government EA driven contracts and RFPs better
  • Work smarter than your competition
  • Use EA to reduce risks through all IT and mission support services
  • Bid smarter (by understanding EA, as requirements)
  • Become organizationally more self aware by understanding and documenting core mission processes and capabilities
  • Better manage customer and stakeholder expectations

CIOs, CTOs, CFOs, and yes, even COOs (all CXOs) are reminded that you are routinely expected to control, or asked to cut costs, table projects and curtail spending–actions that could either hurt or help your organization. While cost-control isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can, at the wrong time cause a missed opportunity or a loss of competitive advantage. In government it could mean news making mistake or a program budget disaster. CXOs can view “lean times” not as calamities but as opportunities for gaining control of chaotic IT investments and aligning them more with your core business or mission. The FEAC™ Institute programs showcase industry and government sector proven techniques and strategies, applying Enterprise Architecture for cutting costs without sacrificing innovation or transition to more agile organizations. Those who need to justify and underscore decisions, by spending wisely, saving scarce resources, and learning how to keep customers satisfied despite more targeted spending, should be in this program. An investment in Enterprise Architecture enables you to develop a holistic picture and comprehensive systems view of your organization, which will aid greatly in planning, visioning and decision-making.

Words to Justify Attendance

The following are some justifications of time and cost to pursue an Enterprise Architecture training program or Enterprise Architecture Certification for your Organization, Agency, or Contract.

Our experience suggests that it may be best to convince your management to take the funds from the major program having the greatest current visibility because Enterprise Architecture will allow for a better planning framework and tool to do things for the important project right the first time. Using regular program funds can help you develop a viable low risk and cost effective project plan using Enterprise Architecture.

Some organizations still use training funds in order to attend the FEAC™ program, but more and more students are allowed to leverage real project work by becoming certified. Contractors can also sign up as part of a contract (approved by the Government) to do Enterprise Architecture because, and as participants in the program, they actually perform all of the major phases of Enterprise Architecture work, chosen by them for a particular client. A team of Agency staffers or a team of contractors can accomplish work assigned as part of the FEAC™ Institute certification program and gain the training, expertise and Certification for Enterprise Architecture all at the same time. 

The following are some sample justifications:

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"The ROI from this program is a multiple of the funds invested because you will actually be constructing/performing a piece of an architecture with core products required, receiving value far beyond what you would get working blindly on a team, without the experience and guidance of the FEAC™ Institute practitioner faculty.”

 
  “Learn how to successfully implement and manage an Enterprise Architecture program as required by OMB and Congress, get to green, and master a body of knowledge through guidance with mostly practical application and material.” quote right
quote left “Be able to obtain industry practitioner expertise to get a critical subset of Enterprise Architecture foundation in place and manage the project efficiently and with less risk.”  
  “Define requirements for managing expectations on both the Government and the Contractor side for large Government projects.” quote right
quote left “Reduce the risk and cost to the Agency in accomplishing modernization and Business changes as required by law.”  
  “Produce a viable Agency architecture program and in the process develop an Agency Enterprise Architecture knowledgebase which will assist in capturing knowledge from employees before they retire, retaining critical knowledge for the effective operation of the business and mission of the organization. “ quote right
quote left “Know how to establish and institutionalize the governance necessary to make the Agency’s Enterprise Architecture a success and a platform for managing change.”  
  “Find your own way out of the current general market confusion about Enterprise Architecture. Set your own direction for your projects and not be confused by FEA(F), DODAF, UAF, PMO, SOA, Ontology, Reference Models, Enterprise Architecture tools, EA Methods and especially Enterprise Architecture frameworks.” quote right

Philosophy & Ethics

Philosophy & Ethics

At the FEAC™ Institute, we take a pragmatic competency-based approach to Enterprise Architecture (EA) learning, based on expertly qualified, experienced staff, teaching the latest practices and methods being used in the EA discipline today, relevant in both the public and private sectors. Our proven programs cover the EA policy areas, the most up-to-date releases on various frameworks, features of EA modeling, and, most importantly, current, relevant and practical, Enterprise Architecture case studies, from real-world environments, where EA is being applied to achieve business and mission results. We teach you the best practices and you learn the “do’s” and how to avoid the “don’ts” of architecting; what works and what doesn’t. We head you in the right direction equipped with the knowledge, needed to scope and start the EA process while interpreting and analyzing the organization’s culture to avoid false starts and to assure success. We help you define what constitutes success, and finally, how to measure the institutionalization of EA and its impact on transitioning the organization to where ever its management and executive leadership deem it to go. In short, we teach Enterprise Architecture as a Means and not an End, unto itself.

Instructional Philosophies

  • A Project-based Approach – We train you to be professional practitioners through actually doing Enterprise Architecture projects under our faculty experts’ guidance.
  • Definitive Knowledge Base – We ensure you learn the knowledge of what’s needed to plan, sell, develop, deliver, and sustain an Enterprise Architecture program for business – mission results.
  • Top Quality – We ensure you master the discipline, not just passing minimal standards while boosting know-how and gaining usable, best-practice tips.
  • Up-To-The-Minute – You delve into emerging concepts, latest policies, hottest issues and EA insights from our thought-leading instructors, many of whom are published, experts.
  • World-Class Faculty – You learn from senior and chief architect practitioners, EA experts from government, industry, and academia.
  • Relevant – You gain practical EA expertise while getting answers to difficult and perplexing questions, that often, are immediately applicable to your work back on the job.
  • Hands-On – You can craft actual project-based Enterprise Architecture solutions for real problems, with the safety net of the Institute’s interactive and mentored learning environment providing useful takeaway products.
  • Versatile – Reap benefits, whether you are from the information technology or program management staffs or whether you are from the private or public (defense or civilian) sectors.
  • Career Utility – Earn coveted and highly sought after credentials, while networking with fellow professionals and obtaining Project Development Units and Continuing Education Units or graduate degree credits (at additional cost).

 

Ethics Regarding:

Enterprise Architecture Tools – The FEAC™ Institute is a tool and framework neutral organization. We advocate EA tool use and offer criteria for evaluating EA tools and their relevance to different architectural projects and analysis needs. We learn from the tool vendors and seek to use that knowledge to enhance our advocacy for tools, without preference for or prejudice towards any particular tool or tool vendor. Because EA tools are increasingly important, it is critical that FEAC™ students understand where tools are today and what they can and should do to support Enterprise Architecture.

Frameworks, Methods, and Models - We present an impartial view and advocacy position on the various architectural frameworks, used in government and the private sector. We emphasize the value of various frameworks, methods, and models depending on different Enterprise Architecture program purposes and approach contexts.

Donations – The Institute does not accept donations, grants and other gratuities from the private sector, so as not to be biased in the impartial presentation of Enterprise Architecture concepts and practical knowledge. Alternatively, FEAC™ does make donations to, support, or participate as a member in various EA Conferences and Awards Programs and EA professional organizations like the EA Interest Group, the IAC-EA-Shared interest Group, and the Associated EA Organizations.

Faculty – Our faculty and instructors are drawn from the private and government sectors. The Institute endeavors not to have more than two individual instructors or faculty, from the same organization, actively teaching in the program at any given time. We also strive to bring the experts in the discipline, the current and past thought leaders and authors, into our programs.

Students/Practitioners – FEAC™ strives for supporting our students’ learning experience to the fullest extent. Our faculty and instructors maintain the highest degree of professional ethics in their dealings with and treatment of students. FEAC™ maintains rigor in its standards for certification but will give students every opportunity to succeed. Students must achieve the standards set by the Institute, in conjunction with and as approved by its academic partnering organizations in order to pass and be certified. FEAC™ will work with students to ensure a fair opportunity to succeed in our programs.

The currency of Programs – We provide current case studies critical to impart the latest and most exciting, comprehensive and progressive projects available for presentation. This gives you the most up-to-date and knowledgeable information about what is being achieved, using Enterprise Architecture, in the market place and the Government sectors.

Program Value and Retention-In order to ensure the quality, and ultimately, the value of our programs, we partner with accredited universities and other institutions to provide rigorous oversight of and credits for our educational programs. California State University, East Bay (www.ce.csueastbay.edu) part of the largest university system in the world, places its University Seal on our Blackbelt Certification Certificates, attesting to and standing behind the academic quality of our programs. The University also provides, at our graduates’ requests, either continuing education credits or graduate engineering academic units, the latter of which, within the confines of university policy, are transferable to any accredited university in the country. 

Partners & Affiliates

FEAC® is owned by Zachman International®. A company owned by the father of Enterprise Architecture, John A. Zachman. Zachman International, most noted for it's original EA Ontological Framework, The Zachman Framework™ also offers it's own consulting services and certification in the Zachman Framework from a scientific, ontological perspective. ZI Logo Long
FEAC® has partnered with California State University-East Bay to provide formal higher education accredited certification for the BlackBelt program. CSU-East Bay is an accredited state university and the black belts certifications contain the signature of an Academic Official and the University Seal. CSU-East Bay provides 16 CEU (Continuing Education Units) or  12 graduate-level engineering semester hours from the Department of Engineering and the Division of Extended and International Education for eligible students.  csu eastbay
   

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