Enterprise Architect

The role of the Enterprise Architect

More and more organizations offer a job with the title of Enterprise Architect. The level of these Enterprise Architects acts upon, vary though. The job can be anything from Enterprise Information Analyst, to System Designer, to Strategic Management Consultant. If you are the head of some Enterprise Architects, often this title is Chief Architect or Lead Architect.

From the perspective of Dragon1 an Enterprise Architect at best works at strategic level, designing total concepts for enterprise-wide solutions and fundamental strategic business / IT changes.

You can download the enterprise architect profile pdf and use it for your internal job profile description. If you want to use this commercially, you need to contact first via the Dragon1 Foundation info@dragon1.org.

Enterprise Architect Definition

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The Dragon1 Open EA Method defines an Enterprise Architect as: The designer of total concepts for Enterprise Structures and the supervisor of the realization of these Enterprise Structures implementing the total concept.

So the focus of an Enterprise Architect in Dragon1 is to design architecture, where architecture equals a specific total concept, namely a concept consisting of constructive, operative and decorative concepts.

Enterprise Architect and Professional Products

Some important professional products and deliverables that are, compliant to the Dragon1 Open EA Method, created by the Enterprise Architect are:

  1. Enterprise Architecture Repository (the storage for the dossiers)
  2. Enterprise Architecture Dossier (containing products, documents, models and visualizations)
  3. Architecture Documents / Products like
    1. Architecture notes and – memos,
    2. Architecture annual plan
    3. Total Concepts / architectures descriptions
    4. Architecture Designs
    5. Reference Architectures
    6. Functional Specifications
    7. Cost Estimates
    8. Stakeholder Analysis
    9. Master Plan
    10. User Requirements
    11. Program of Requirements
    12. Scenario Analysis
    13. Impact Aanalysis
    14. Risk Assessments
    15. Glossary of Terms
    16. Architecture Principles
  4. Architecture Models like
    1. Enterprise Meta Model
    2. Distribution-Chain models
    3. Enterprise Architecture Domains Model
    4. Enterprise Architecture Functions Model
    5. Enterprise Architecture Technical model
  5. Architecture Visualizations like:
    1. Enterprise Architecture Framework
    2. Enterprise Architecture Landscapes
    3. Enterprise Architecture Situation sketches
    4. Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps
    5. Enterprise Architecture Blueprints
    6. Enterprise Architecture Structure visions
    7. Enterprise Architecture Visions
    8. Sketch Total Concept Design
    9. Stakeholder Onion Diagram
  6. Different Viewpoints from the same Architecture Models

This list is not limited but gives a good impression of what Enterprise Architects with Dragon1 Open EA Method normally create for their Owner/Clients.

Dragon1 as Enterprise Architecture Tool

Enterprise Architects make use of tools to create architecture products or deliverables. The most used tools are still: Pen, Paper, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio and MS Excel.

With tools an architect can create their own building blocks, fragments and make more reuse of parts of their architecture.

Dragon1 is an Innovation Platform and can be perfectly used by Enterprise Architects as an Enterprise Architecture Tool.

Enterprise Architect Training

Dragon1 Academy offers training and certification in the Enterprise Architecture Tool (Tool Foundation and Tool Certified) and also in the Dragon1 Open EA Method (Dragon1 Foundation and Dragon1 Bridge) for anyone ho want to become an Enterprise Architect.

Dragon1 Academy believes that certification after training works both ways. As a professional, you need to take that extra step during training to pass the exam. This will make you master the training theory much better. And also with a certification, you can communicate much easier your competencies and capabilities to others. Therefore you cannot only certify yourself as an architect in the Dragon1 Open EA Method but also as a user of Dragon1 as Enterprise Architecture Tool.