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Enterprise Architecture

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
3 year, 1 module


Course Syllabus


Enterprise architecture can be understood as a set of specialized documents and associated techniques for planning information systems and improving business and IT alignment in organizations. Enterprise architecture is necessary for managing the evolution of extensive IT landscapes of large organizations in a way aligned with their business goals and strategies. This course provides an overall introduction to enterprise architecture, discusses core concepts relevant to the subject and covers in detail several popular types of enterprise architecture artifacts.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The acquisition of the broad theoretical knowledge of enterprise architecture as well as the practical skills for developing specific types of enterprise architecture artifacts
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Understands the role of IT in modern organizations, the problem of achieving business and IT alignment and the concept of enterprise architecture as a solution to the alignment problem
  • Knows the meaning of enterprise architecture, enterprise architecture artifacts, their purposes, lifecycles and other properties
  • Understands the conceptual analogy between enterprise architecture and city planning practices and the six types of relevant documents
  • Knows the three key processes constituting enterprise architecture practices in organizations and their relationship
  • Knows the popular types of enterprise architecture artifacts, their typical informational contents and usage scenarios
  • Able to develop architecture principles for the organization based on its business strategy and goals
  • Able to develop and heatmap a business capability model for the organization based on its business goals and organizational structure
  • Able to develop a landscape diagram for the organization based on its organizational structure
  • Able to develop an enterprise system portfolio for the organization based on its business goals and organizational structure
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to Enterprise Architecture
    The critical importance of IT for modern business. Modern organizations as complex socio-technical systems of business and IT. The problem of achieving business and IT alignment. The concept of enterprise architecture as a potential solution to the problem of business and IT alignment.
  • The Concept of Enterprise Architecture
    The concept of enterprise architecture. The practice of using enterprise architecture for improving business and IT alignment. EA artifacts as fundamental components of enterprise architecture and their essential properties. The role of architects in EA practices. The place of architecture functions in organizations.
  • Enterprise Architecture and City Planning
    The similarity between organizations and cities from the perspective of their planning. Six general types of EA artifacts and city planning documents as well as their type-specific roles in the context of EA and city planning practices. The relationship and complementarity between different types of EA artifacts and city planning documents.
  • Processes of Enterprise Architecture Practice
    Three core processes constituting an EA practice and their meaning in the organizational context. The relationship and information exchange between these processes enabling their coordination and synergy. A comprehensive high-level process view of an EA practice.
  • Popular Enterprise Architecture Artifacts
    Sixteen popular EA artifacts: Principles, Policies, Technology Reference Models, Guidelines, Patterns, IT Principles, Business Capability Models, Roadmaps, Target States, Landscape Diagrams, Inventories, Enterprise System Portfolios, IT Roadmaps, Solution Overviews, Options Assessments and Solution Designs.
  • Architecture Principles
    The general meaning of architecture principles. The structure of architecture principles: title, statement, rationale and implications. Alignment of architecture principles to the business strategy. Development of architecture principles.
  • Business Capability Models
    The general meaning of business capability models. The hierarchical structure of business capability models. Color-coding and heatmapping of business capability models. Alignment of business capability models to business goals. Development of business capability models.
  • Landscape Diagrams
    The general meaning of landscape diagrams. The graphical notation for creating landscape diagrams. Alignment of landscape diagrams to the organizational structure. Development of landscape diagrams.
  • Enterprise System Portfolios
    The general meaning of enterprise system portfolios. The mapping of information systems to business capability models. Color-coding of enterprise system portfolios. Alignment of enterprise system portfolios to business capability models. Development of enterprise system portfolios.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Exam (Quiz)
  • non-blocking Task 1 (Architecture Principles)
  • non-blocking Task 2 (Business Capability Models)
  • non-blocking Task 3 (Landscape Diagrams)
  • non-blocking Task 4 (Enterprise System Portfolios)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.2 * Exam (Quiz) + 0.2 * Task 1 (Architecture Principles) + 0.2 * Task 2 (Business Capability Models) + 0.2 * Task 3 (Landscape Diagrams) + 0.2 * Task 4 (Enterprise System Portfolios)


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Enterprise architecture as strategy : creating a foundation for business execution, Ross, J. W., Weill, P., 2006
  • Strategic enterprise architecture management : challenges, best practices, and future developments, Ahlemann, F., 2012

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Land, M. O. ’t. (2009). Enterprise Architecture : Creating Value by Informed Governance. Berlin: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=276370
  • McDowall, J. D. (2019). Complex Enterprise Architecture : A New Adaptive Systems Approach. [Berkeley, California]: Apress. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2024284
  • Strategic IT management : a toolkit for enterprise architecture management, Hanschke, I., 2010