Enterprise Architecture: A plain and simple guide

Learn how enterprise architecture can help organisations better manage increasing IT complexity
3.2 (14 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
• 234 students enrolled
Instructed by CIO Institute IT & Software / Other
Take This Course
  • Lectures 11
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Are you preparing for an IT leadership position, either in a consulting firm or large organisation? If so, you need to know about Enterprise Architecture (EA), an important and emerging practice within the IT discipline.

  • Frustrated by the complexity your organisation's IT architecture and how it increasingly drains precious organisational resources and budget?
  • Worried that individual IT projects are making decisions in isolation without considering the 'bigger picture' of the organisation's IT strategy?
  • Concerned that IT decision-making is not aligned with the current and future business needs of the organisation?

These are not uncommon challenges as organisations become increasingly dependent on IT yet seek better returns from IT spending. Enterprise architecture, can help organisations address these challenges by:

  • Forming a bridge between business needs and strategic IT decision-making
  • Formulating a 'big picture' view of IT architecture, namely the enterprise architecture
  • Establishing architectural standards and principles, followed by all individual IT projects, that help reduce architectural complexity

By mastering enterprise architecture, you will develop an architectural rather than implementation mindset that will guide your IT decision-making and help you communicate and engage more effectively with both business and technology stakeholders.

Note that enterprise architecture is essentially a management rather than technical subject, so experience of specific technology architectures or modelling methods (such as UML) is not required.

Warning - this is not your typical certification course that pushes a particular method, recipe or approach for the sake of passing an exam. This course is designed to build deeper critical thinking skills about enterprise architecture - not 'how, but the 'what' and 'why' that is essential to strategic IT decision-making.

Having said that, this course is an ideal primer that provides a solid foundation prior to undertaking a programme of certification such as TOGAF, FEA or Zachman.

What are the requirements?

  • at least 5 years of professional IT experience

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Manage IT architecture complexity, cost and efficiency by making sensible and rational decisions about an organisation’s overall IT architecture
  • Ensure strategic IT architecture choices are consistent with the current and future needs and priorities of the organisation as a whole
  • Provide leadership in developing and communicating a compelling architectural vision for an organisation
  • Establish a systematic process for documenting, managing and maintaining enterprise architecture working with business owners, technical teams and other stakeholders

Who is the target audience?

  • IT professionals and students looking for a easy-to-understand introduction to enterprise architecture
  • Anyone involve in designing, developing or managing IT architecture within an organisation

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Importance of Architecture
IT Architecture and Challenges
Section 2: Enterprise Architecture
What Is Enterprise Architecture?
Levels of Architecture
Enterprise Architecture and IT Value
Section 3: Describing Enterprise Architecture
The Zachman Framework
Architectural Domains and Principles
Section 4: Governing Architecture
Architecture Governance and TOGAF ADM
Architecture Trade-offs
Section 5: Organisational Planning
Role and Skills of the Enterprise Architect

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

CIO Institute, Enabling IT leaders

The CIO Institute was established to support the learning and development needs of Chief Information Officers (CIO) and other IT professionals at the management level. Through its portfolio of degree programmes, short courses and customised corporate programmes, the Institute has helped over 1500 senior IT leaders develop their IT leadership capability.

The development of courses at the institute is underpinned by academic research, industry practice studies and expert dialogue.

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course