Architecture Governance Pt1
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Course Description 

This module looks at the supporting guidelines and techniques of the Architecture Development Method, as well as governing the architecting process. This module is supported by videos and a PDF, and is followed by a quiz to help support your understanding. 

Learning Objectives

This module will cover:  

  • Architecture Governance  
  • Architecture Principles
  • Business Scenarios  
  • Gap Analysis  
  • Interoperability  
  • Business Transformation Readiness 
  • Risk Management  

 Intended Audience  

This course is intended for anyone looking to understand Enterprise Architecture.  It is helpful however to have several years' experience in IT in a variety of roles, or to have an understanding of Enterprise or IT Architecture. 

Prerequisites of the Certifications 

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.  


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- Architecture governance is the practice and orientation by which enterprise architectures and other architectures are managed and controlled at an enterprise-wide level. Architecture governance typically does not operate in isolation, but within a hierarchy of governance structures, which particularly in the larger enterprise, act as distinct domains with their own disciplines and processes. This includes areas like corporate governance, technology governance, IT governance, and architecture governance. Architecture governance is a kind of framework within a framework. It has four key elements. Governance processes, the information content associated with governance, the detailed flow of information that occurs when these processes are in action, and a repository in which all governance information can be stored. The key process is policy management and take on. This governs all changes to architecture. The compliance process checks to ensure service levels, standards and regulations are being observed. Dispensation allows for alternative approaches to the original contract, although this should be on a time-limited basis. Monitoring and reporting are standard features of governance. Business control ensures business policies are adhered to, and environment management, governs the architecture repository and all its content. So, what does successful governance look like? Well, success factors for governance include, best practices for the submission, adoption, reuse, reporting, and retirement of architecture policies, procedures, roles, skills, organizational structures and support services. Organizational responsibilities and structures to support the architecture governance processes and reporting requirements. The integration of tools and processes to facilitate the take up of the processes, both procedurally and culturally. Criteria for the control of the architecture governance processes, dispensations, compliance assessments, SLAs and overlays and that there are internal and external requirements for the effectiveness, efficiency, confidentiality, integrity, availability, compliance, and the reliability of all architecture governance related information, services and processes. All of this falls within the context of business, technology and regulatory drivers as well as the organizational structure. The organizational structure determines the governance environment. At the top of the environment, you can see that the organization is stewarded by the Chief Information Officer, CIO, and Chief Technology Officer, CTO. The development area outlines the main roles in architecture development, implementation and deployment. The development area contains the architecture board. We've referenced the architecture board throughout this course, so let's look at what they do. First, why are they needed? Well, specifically, the architecture board should, provide the basis for all decision making with regard to the architectures, provide consistency between sub architectures, establish targets for reusable building blocks or components, ensure flexibility of the enterprise architecture, to make sure it meets the changing business needs and makes use of new technologies, enforce compliance of the architecture across the organization, improve the maturity level of the architecture discipline in the organization and ensure discipline of architecture development is adopted and support the visible escalation capability for out of balance decisions. The architecture board oversee the implementation of enterprise architecture governance strategy, as well as represent all key stakeholders in the architecture. The board should be cross-organizational, to make sure that all areas of the enterprise are represented. They can comprise the global boards with broad organizational responsibility, and local boards containing domain experts and line responsibility. Each board will have its own responsibilities, decision making capabilities, remit and authority limits. Another key area that architecture governance covers is the establishment of architecture contracts. As with any contract, it's a formal agreement between two or more partners. In the case of the TOGAF framework, though, architecture contracts are used to ensure that, there is a system of continuous monitoring to check integrity, changes, decision making, and the audit of all architecture-related activities within the organization. Principles, standards and requirements of the existing or developing architectures are adhered to, identification of risks in all aspects of the development and implementation of the architecture, covering the internal development against accepted standards, policies, technologies and products, as well as the operational aspects of the architectures such that the organization can continue its business within a resilient environment, and a set of processes and practices exist that ensure accountability, responsibility, and discipline with regard to the development and usage of all architectural artifacts. There is a formal understanding of the governance organization responsible for the contract, their level of authority and scope of the architecture under the governance of this body. Architecture governance is a huge topic. So we're going to pick up the rest of architecture governance in the next video, where we'll cover compliance in more detail.

About the Author

In a varied career that began in 1974, John Coleshaw has trodden a relatively unusual path whereby his roles have split evenly between Business and IT. In the early 80s he was the Credit Manager for a multi-national electronics company, and at the same time built a computerised financial and credit analysis tool using the original version of the IBM PC. In the mid-80s, whilst performing the role of senior underwriter in the Credit Insurance industry, he managed the IT system, as well as developed an innovative risk analysis tool. At the start of the 90s, as a manager in a financial information company, he developed an early form of expert system whose purpose was to predict corporate failure.

His current career as an IT trainer began in 1998, specialising at the time in Object Oriented programming languages. In 2002 he started developing and delivering IT Architecture training and has now had the opportunity to meet and discuss architecture matters with over a thousand architects. The courses he trains now span both The Open Group (TOGAF and ArchiMate), and BCS.

He has a book to his name, one written in the late 80s on Credit Risk Analysis.