This course provides insights into the concepts and methods of Enterprise Architecture Management. The need for architectures in complex organizations as an instrument for transformation is motivated by the challenges enterprises face in today’s business. Architectures support the effective planning and governance of enterprises as a whole consisting of business and IT. Consistently implemented, they facilitate the understanding of business entities’ interrelationships, set them in relation to strategic goals and help define the desired to-be state and the roadmap for its realization. For this purpose, concepts, methods, models and tools are discussed and enriched with insights from practice. The introduction of a specialized modeling language introduces the students to the creation of architectural artifacts. The concrete architecture realization process is underlined by the study of architecture frameworks currently discussed in research and practice.
Academic: The students’ ability to develop and manage Enterprise Architectures is the course’s major goal. An understanding of current developments and frameworks in the domain of architecture implementation should be obtained. Students are equipped with methods for planning, creating and governing such architectures. Furthermore, practical skills in architecture development will be conveyed with work on case studies and presentation of the results. Students are encouraged to prepare the contents of the lecture and exercises and to perform follow-up work in teams. This is supported by a Learnweb discussion forum that is guided by the chair. The case study is organized as group work and thus promotes the students’ ability to cooperate in teams and to manage their time efficiently. The intermediary results are presented regularly by the groups in front of the complete audience. This enhances the students’ presentation and discussion skills. The creation of architectural models by using a syntactically and semantically defined modeling language sharpens analytical and logic skills.