FEA(F) Black Belt Certification Program Syllabus

01. CONCEPTS

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8660/ENGR 7800

Laws, Regulations, Concepts, Theories, Principles, Methodology — Creating Enterprise Architecture Understanding & Awareness (4 CEUs)

  • Definition of the “Enterprise” in Enterprise Architecture terms: Strategic, Business, Information, Data, Systems and IT architectures
  • Legislative Mandates and other Guidance and their relationships
  • The process and approach, the intended use, the lifecycle and the scope of the EA
  • EA Framework Views — Ballpark, Owners, Designers, Builders, Vendors to Functional Systems — Examples of Enterprise Architecture frameworks
  • Historical perspective of Enterprise Architecture — From Business through IT, Applications to Data
  • Best Practices, case studies and success stories
  • Techniques for “EA Thinking” and the Enterprise Architecture process according to CIO Council’s “A Practical Guide to Federal Enterprise Architecture”
  • Federal Enterprise Architecture Vision and Principles as per CIO Council’s “FEAF” V 1.1
  • GAO’s view of EA, OMB’s view of EA
  • Explore the Synergism of Enterprise Architecture and Program Management
  • EA — Bridging the Gap between Business and IT
  • Strategic visioning using Strategic Planning Models
  • Discuss how the “Target” Architecture can be started during “As-Is” Enterprise Architecture Planning
  • Chief Architects Forum updates

 

02. PLANNING

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8661/ENGR 7801

Preparation, Planning, Requirements For Business — Develop a SOW (Statement of Work), How to Institutionalize Governance & Management Foundations (4 CEUs)

  • Strategic Planning as the corner stone of EA
  • The Importance of Culture and how to change Culture in an Enterprise
  • First Examination the FEA-PMO Business Reference Models
  • Drivers: Reorganization, Modernization, Integration, eCommerce positioning, Business Cases
  • Defining the Business Architecture — taking into account businesses strategy, long term goals and objectives, the technological environment, and the external environment, location, politics, and strategic business planning
  • Determining Enterprise Architecture principles
  • Relating Information, Activities and Process to Organizational Units
  • Zachman about the evolution of requirements (top two rows of his Framework)
  • Zachman Framework as the universe for building a complex environment
  • TOGAF 8 Certification for a fee
  • Business case and benefits for developing an EA
  • How do Business Rules relate to an EA
  • Developing a Business Model
  • Managing the creation of an Enterprise Architecture in a Government business environment
  • Developing “As Is” Architecture Concepts
  • How to develop a Concept of Operations (CONOPS)
  • First Identification of Viable Enterprise Architecture projects for the practicum (Course 5)

 

03. IMPLEMENTATION

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8662/ENGR 7802

Using Internal Implementation, Marketing, Selling, & Sustainment To Manage Change (4 CEUs)

  • IT Architecture Methodologies (Zachman, IT Asset Framework, Boar, Student’s Own Framework) — review of basic concepts in light of an integrated repository
  • Activity based costing and cost/benefits analysis
  • Always the latest and best Case Studies of EA efforts
  • Developing performance measures: Performance Measures and Balanced Scorecards (BSC and GPRA)
  • Visually Modeling Transition to Implementation
  • EA methods, products, and tools and the relevance of visual models in Enterprise Architecture
  • Continuously refining the different EA’s relationships
  • Managing and incorporation of legacy systems as the basis for managing change and selling the EA
  • Project Management for large scale Enterprise Architecture systems
  • How to plan for Information Assurance with and within an EA
  • Planning Migration, Translation and Implementation strategies
  • Stakeholder communication strategies — internal and external marketing
  • How to create an Enterprise Architecture deliverable that is “actionable”
  • Maintaining/sustaining the architecture as an asset of the organization

 

04. INTEGRATION

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8663/ENGR 7803

Data, Application, Technology & How to Bridge Business to IT (4 CEUs)

  • Business views of an Information/Data architecture
  • Information Architecture as the common denominator for Interoperability
  • Detailed Examination of each of the FEA-PMO Business Reference Models
  • EA methods, products, and tools and the relevance of visual models in Enterprise Architecture
  • The Capital Planning and Investment Control process (CPIC) links to budget formulation and specific program outcomes
  • Information Standards, Information Exchange, Information Brokers, EAI
  • Relationships vs. Entities
  • Roles and State Transitions
  • Modeling data components, Object Oriented Concepts for the business views
  • Information as an asset
  • Linking applications to objects, activities and processes
  • Linking applications and systems
  • Modeling IT operational characteristics and behavior
  • How do Business Rules, Rules Engines and Application Development relate
  • Developing an integrated Infrastructure Architecture and relating it to the FEA PMO
  • Modeling data/system/platform distribution
  • Incorporating infrastructure data and its relationships in one repository framework

 

05. PRACTICUM

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8664

Practicum Project Development, Write-up and Presentation, Program Certification Exam (4 CEUs)

  • Sit for the Certification exam for professional Enterprise Architecture Certification (about 2 hours)
  • Formal presentations, critique and grading of individual and teamwork projects developed during the program’s practicum period based on the SOW developed in the beginning of the program (part of the learning experience)
  • A thesis like write up of the project to be published in the EA Zone of this website (of course depending on the level of sensitivity of the project)

Zachman Reviews

An excellent seminar. John shares his keen intuition for and understanding of the nature of enterprise architecture.

Chris Partridge
29 March 2018

Excellent first hand explanation. Very powerful.

Marco van Leeuwen
29 March 2018

The Zachman framework made me understand the value of problem solving.

Akin Ayeni
29 March 2018

Finally, it all comes together’. Great examples and stories. Continue with passion – it’s really good.

Willem Van der Brink
29 March 2018

Fun, informative and eye-opening. Very educational, friendly and helpful lecturers.

Shiraz Adam
29 March 2018

It was the honor to have met and learned from the legendary John A. Zachman himself, the Father of Enterprise Architecture. True Enterprise Architecture starts with Zachman Framework; otherwise, you are just wasting time.

Amar Masoud
26 April 2017

I have been doing Enterprise architecture since 2003, mostly DoDAF and TOGAF. Until I took the Zachman EA 4 day class, I didn't realize that all I had been doing was drawing incomplete views, since I didn't truly understand the relationships and the real impact to an organization of making a change to an architecture element. This class has shown me the importance of getting down to the "brass tacks" of an EA, namely the Zachman primitives and their relationships. I now realize that I have not been truly been doing EA up to this point, since I have not been identifying the organization's primitives!

Mike Robison
26 April 2017

The Zachman Framework training enabled me to fully understand the power of this framework (the ontology). The fundamentals of this framework will help me to (re)engineer Enterprises and solve business problems in the shortest possible time. As a free-lance Enterprise Architect my customers will benefit the knowledge and Case studies John and Sunil shared with us.

Jef Bergsma
24 March 2011

If you want to synthesize your professional experiences...
If you want to expand your understanding of Enterprise Architecture...
If you want to interact with others who think and talk like you do, and learn from the very best, then the Zachman International courses are for you!

Michelle Poolet
20 October 2008

Enterprise architecture, as a formal discipline, has arguably reached its ‘tipping point.’ Organizations are howling for change. Even in the current economic down-turn, savvy companies are turning to EA and The Zachman Framework for help. Getting Zachman Certified is dollar-for-dollar the smartest investment an architect, any architect, can make. Don’t think about it too long... get certified and join the growing community of Zachman Certified professionals.

Damon Farnham
3 April 2009

An excellent and inspiring seminar - we will return to work and start immediately. I can recommend this seminar with enthusiasm.

David Harrison
2 September 2014

He designed the Framework. Nobody can deliver the same quality of lecture as John.

Kitty Hung
17 October 2013

Engaging and charismatic.

Mark Luxton
6 October 2015

Lots of energy and enthusiasm. Passionate.

Simon Bathie
25 May 2015

Once more I was able to pick-up new ideas and a couple of valuable best practices. Also the EA energy injection by John Zachman was once more a highlight for me.

Henrik Jacobsson
23 April 2016

I was anxious about my decision to take the virtual class but felt like I was in the classroom with you all. Great job!

Burak Modali
23 May 2016

Mr. Zachman is the thought leader in enterprise architecture! I am so honored to have met him at training in Colorado and then again last October at a conference in Washington D.C. Through his publications and training - his efforts to raise the bar for enterprise architecture make him the world renown professional he is today. He IS the father of enterprise architecture. His work has helped to drive strategy execution and subsequent business outcomes through his ontology, strategy mapping, matrixes and models.

Tresa Chastain
8 March 2016

An excellent course. All CEOs and CIOs should attend.

Morag Clark
13 July 2015

An excellent and inspiring seminar - we will return to work and start immediately. I can recommend this seminar with enthusiasm.

David Harrison
18 November 2015

John Zachman presents a very compelling argument, that is, every organization needs an Enterprise Architecture to survive.

Jane Stewart
18 May 2014

Many wide ranging examples to demonstrate why. Engaging and entertaining.

Andre Gauthier
18 August 2016

The explanation of the framework itself and the meaning of the components were most helpful.

Andreja Korosec Rebula
18 June 2014

An excellent seminar. John shares his keen intuition for and understanding of the nature of enterprise architecture.

Chris Partridge
10 August 2015

The enthusiasm, energy and breadth of experience remain, as ever, infectious and mesmerising. Your continued support for John over the last few years is clearly appreciated and probably instrumental in his continuing to return to the UK. Further workshop and/or seminar opportunities are eagerly anticipated. This week has been money very well spent.

Rob Austen
20 June 2016

John Zachman gave me an excellent insight into the way EA practitioners think and operate, enabling me to express an organisation (as business architecture models) in their language.

Matthew Brown
14 June 2016