Enterprise Architecture

Go beyond basic data modeling concepts to explore the more complex situations faced with data modelers today.



Enterprise Architecture




Organisation

  • Length of course: 10 weeks
  • Credit points: 5
  • Estimated workload: 150h
  • Type of course: self-paced, on demand

Topic

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is a systematic and holistic approach to master the complexity of the IT landscape and to develop it strategically and business-oriented. EA helps to understand, communicate and design the IT structures of a company via documentation, analysis and planning of the business architecture, information architecture, application architecture and technology architecture of the company.

Contents

  1. Introduction to Enterprise Architecture
  2. Business architecture (re-organisation of enterprises, strategic role of information security, ethical and social aspects of IT)
  3. Information and data architecture (decision support, data analytics, knowledge management)
  4. Application architecture (internal and external integration of business processes, mobile and digital processes)
  5. Technology architecture (innovation management, technology management)

Learning outcome

  • ensure that corporate IT is aligned to meet the business objectives, and thus
    • reduce the costs occurring with mergers, acquisitions and re-organisation of a company, and thus
    • increase the value created through enterprise architecture,
  • plan the strategic application of IT applications, and thus
    • make complex IT manageable, and
    • ensure the flexibility of corporate IT, and
    • avoid unnecessary investments and improve the assessment of IT investments.

Teaching method

  • Online lecture with self-test
  • Project (with 2 milestones and 2 walk-throughs)

Assessment

  • Case study
  • Project report (per milestone)

Recommended reading

  • Bernard (2012): Enterprise Architecture 3rd Ed. Author House.
  • The Open Group: TOGAF Version 9.1. http://pubs.opengroup.org/architecture/togaf9-doc/arch/

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt

is professor at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences for business computing, focusing on management information systems, business analytics, enterprise architecture and information logistics. He has 30 years of experience in IT and logistics and advised a large number of companies on strategy and implementation projects. He is an ACM member, member of the “Bundesvereinigung Logistik” and of the German-African Business Association.

Prior to his appointment as a professor, he started his career as a research associate at Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, and later as Senior Management Consultant at CSC Ploenzke, responsible for the area of logistics. During this time, he did his PhD at the University of Bamberg.

Thomas Schmidt has 15 years of experience in Africa with projects in university partnerships with technology transfer in logistics and information technology. As Director of the Centre for Business and Technology in Africa, he founded the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics and operates partnerships in Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia and Ghana with successful cooperative Bachelor and Master programs. In addition to his African expertise, he taught and researched as a guest professor in the USA, Sweden, Finland, France and China.