Week 1: Architecture in the Enterprise
Foundation for Execution of an Organization
Ross’ “foundation for execution” refers to the set of business and
IT capabilities that an enterprise chooses in order to enable its business and
IT strategies. These capabilities, also known as architectural building blocks,
include both business capabilities and IT capabilities, including the ability
to provide portal and mobility experiences. These capability choices must
evolve to ensure ongoing alignment between the business and IT strategies.
Enterprise Systems Architecture typically leverages the IT architectural
building blocks that have been identified as part of the foundation for
Enterprise Architecture Frameworks (EAFs) provide blueprints, or
models, for use in evaluating different types of organizations. Each EAF is
defined with a particular organization type and objective in mind. This week,
you need to select an EAF that is appropriate for Adopt-a-Farm (AaF) and
justify why it is appropriate. You will use the selected framework to define
the current and future state of AaF this week and it will also form the basis
of evaluation in future week assignments. Be sure to choose an EAF that is
appropriate for AaF and that you will be able to use effectively to define
views for each of the aspects defined by the EAF.
Looking ahead: In Week 8, you will be presenting your proposal to AaF
leaders. The proposal must include a complete evaluation of AaF using the
selected framework, your proposed changes to AaF business, and your proposed
changes to AaF IT in order to achieve desired business objectives.
In this Assignment, write a 3- to 5-page paper that addresses the
Document the current state of business for Adopt-A-Farm (AAF)
using a standard Enterprise Architecture Framework (EAF; e.g., Zachman, POLDAT,
or TOGAF). Define each of the views associated with the chosen framework as it
relates to AAF. Be sure to focus on IT alignment with business.
Explain why this framework meets the needs of AAF business
architecture. The selected EAF will form the basis of evaluation in future
assignments in this course.
Document the future business state of AAF assuming a cloud
Outline a high-level transition plan for the AAF website to move
from the current state to the cloud-based future state.
By Day 7
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Week in Review
In this first Week, you selected an enterprise-level
architecture framework and analyzed the effects of migration to the cloud. In
addition, you created a high-level plan for transformation, migration or
transition. Next Week, you will contrast two important
concepts: architectural approaches and computing paradigms and create a pattern
hierarchy for a pattern catalog.
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