Avolution ABACUS Training

Practical Enterprise Architect Training

We have developed our consulting practice using a standard EA analytic tool and EA Repository. Avolution’s’ ABACUS is designed with rapid information capture and analytic support from the ground-up.

We use Avolution’s ABACUS because it is the most effective EA analytic tool and EA Repository we can find.

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EA with TOGAf & Navigate using ABACUS

EA with TOGAF and Navigate using ABACUS

By exploring a case study, the course helps students develop a solid target architecture and roadmap that address strategic and tactical requirements of a set of stakeholders. Conexiam’s Navigate is energized by Avolution’s ABACUS. Conexiam’s Navigate is used to provide a consistent, comprehensive toolkit; all relevant elements are included within a pre-populated ABACUS model. In this course, we energize our enterprise architecture activity by using formal models and analytics to deeply understand the interactions between the components of the enterprise.
Our case study is provided in a populated set of formal models. The student will use the formal models to analyze the case; we will not be creating formal models.
TOGAF 9.1 is used to serve and support our activity. When it comes to producing detailed work products, we use Conexiam’s Navigate toolkit. The Navigate toolkit is a straightforward customization of TOGAF. It provides a complete set of tools that fleshes out the generic elements of TOGAF 9.1. With Navigate, EA practitioners can perform three key functions:

  1. Describe a target architecture that fulfills a strategy, and identify capability gaps.
  2. Build a roadmap that delivers the changes necessary to achieve the strategy.
  3. Establish the guidelines that will ensure projects realize the strategy.

In order to maximize the capability of an enterprise architecture team, formal modeling and analysis of facts is required. Conexiam’s enterprise architecture team uses Avolution’s ABACUS as a standard enterprise architecture modeling and analysis tool.

Key Learning Objectives

In this 3-day course, you will learn practical techniques and tools in Navigate. ABACUS is used to highlight the power of analytics in understanding the interactions between the components of the enterprise.
This course makes extensive use of case study to create actual enterprise architecture deliverables, culminating in a target architecture and architecture roadmap. You will learn how these deliverables are consumed as case progresses, and how to use Navigate to build key capabilities and trace architecture decisions.
Conexiam will license the Navigate tools used in the course to those who take the EA with TOGAF & Navigate using ABACUS course. During the course, each student will have access to a copy of Avolution’s ABACUS.

EA with TOGAF® & Navigate using ABACUS Training Course

Included in the delivery:

  • 3-days instruction
    – Lectures covering course content
    – Case Study
    – 9-11 exercises focused on a priority purpose for the EA TeamΦ
  • Electronic copy of all Conexiam EA with TOGAF & Navigate courseware and exercise materials
  • Electronic copy of course ABACUS project file including Navigate meta-model & a course set of Navigate Atlases
    • Electronic ABACUS project file includes populated study
  • Electronic copy of all Navigate templates and public architecture tools used in the course
    • Students have access to up-dated EA with TOGAF & Navigate courseware, exercise materials, Navigate templates and public architecture contents for over one year
  • References to relevant literature ΦΦ
  • ABACUS Architect Cloud trial licenseΦΦΦ
  • Account on Conexiam’s ABACUS Enterprise server

All course material is provided electronically with course slides & exercise materials provided in ABACUS and a binder.

ΦAn architected team can typically enable four broad purpose. The course will be focused on one purpose. Most training focuses on EA to support Portfolio:

  • EA to support Strategy: provide an end-to-end target architecture, and develop roadmaps of change over longer time periods. In this context, architecture is used to identify change initiatives and supporting portfolio and programs.
  • EA to support Portfolio: Deliver EA to support cross-functional, multi-phase, and multi-project change initiatives. In this context, architecture is used to identify projects, set their terms of reference, align their approaches, identify synergies, and govern their execution.
  • EA to support Project: Deliver EA to support the Enterprise’s project delivery method to assure compliance with architectural governance, and to support the integration and alignment between projects.
  • EA to support Solution Deployment: Deliver EA that is used to support solution deployment by defining how the change will be designed and delivered, and finally, act as a governance framework for change

ΦΦConexiam maintains a library of relevant literature used in internal development of our staff and consulting practice. The bulk of this library is from the Centre for Information Systems Research, MIT Sloane and the Harvard Business Review. Before this class the assigned instructor will review our library and select an appropriate literature. Where the literature is not publicly available Conexiam will acquire a licensed electronic copy for each student.
ΦΦΦABACUS Architect Cloud trial license available for 30-days. Students must provide a computer for the course. Most laptops can use ABACUS cloud. Conexiam’s Victoria Analytic team typically use multiple 30″ monitors.  Most of our onsite consultants have 13″ Macbook Air with Parallels when using ABACUS.

Course Variants

Variants cover the essential purposes of Enterprise Architecture. We align the course to one of the four broad purposes for delivering EA work:

  • EA to support Strategy: provide an end-to-end target architecture, and develop roadmaps of change over a three to ten-year period. In this context, architecture is used to identify change initiatives and supporting portfolio and programs. Set their terms of reference, identify synergies, and govern their execution.
  • EA to support Portfolio: Deliver EA to support cross-functional, multi-phase, and multi-project change initiatives. In this context, architecture is used to identify projects, set their terms of reference, align their approaches, identify synergies, and govern their execution.
  • EA to support Project: Deliver EA to support the Enterprise’s project delivery method in order to assure compliance with architectural governance, and to support the integration and alignment between projects.
  • EA to support Solution Deployment: Deliver EA that is used to support the solution deployment, establish the basis of how change will be designed and delivered, and finally act as a governance framework for change.

We will align the case study exercises to one purpose. By default we focus the course on EA to support Portfolio.

Avolution ABACUS Designer Training

When linking to agile software development, the same question is asked, what they should the team assist in answering. Some of the alignment is driven by what the enterprise architecture team is designed to support.

  1. defining the agile approach
  2. guiding the backlog in sprint
  3. constraining the sprints
  4. solving for cross product dependency

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