We are happy to announce a new training offer for SAP customers and partners in the context of the SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework – the SAP Intelligent Enterprise Architecture Foundation Training (IEA10).
With this intensive 5-days training course, you will gain
Insights on what the SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework is about
how it is applied and
how you can leverage it to accelerate your architecture engagements
The training is structured in 8 units and follows the methodology defined within the SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework.
A theoretical enterprise architecture education session is be combined with hands-on exercises in context of an end-to-end case study.
A complete enterprise architecture engagement from an initial business strategy assessment to the implementation roadmap will be exercised and simulated over the course of the five days.
Offerings will be available in virtual and face-to-face (restrictions may apply) setup starting in Q1 2023.
With the creation and definition of the SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework it was clear that a training offering for customers, partners and SAP employees will be required to enable the adoption and to realize the full value potential of the SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework. A working group of experienced architects across the SAP organization co-created this training offer while keeping a balance between theoretical content and practical exercises inspired by real-world situations and scenarios. With the announcement of the training offer we have reached an important milestone and we are looking forward to further evolve this training offering.
SAP Enterprise Architecture Training - Highlights
The Enterprise Architecture training is centered around the SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework in combination with a tangible case study to gain hands-on experience.
Here are some highlights of the educational class:
Introduction and deep dive into SAP’s Customer Facing Enterprise Architecture Methodology and relevant artifacts as outlined in our Metro Map:
Figure 2 - SAP Enterprise Architecture Methodology – Metro Map
The focus of the training offer is to explain each artifact depicted on the metro map in general terms as well as through a step-by-step approach. You will learn how to create each individual artifact by taking internal and external information into account. Templates and examples help an even better understanding, and where applicable, we will share best practices and lessons learned through experienced SAP Enterprise Architects. This is especially the case when customers and partners turn into a hand-on experience mode while discussing the results of the various exercises.
Figure 3 – Sharing of Enterprise Architecture Best Practices (illustrative)
Reference Architecture Content
One of the key highlights of the training program is the application of the Reference Business Architecture (RBA) and the Reference Solution Architecture (RSA). Beside the general introduction of the core domains and models (as outlined in the following graph), you will learn how to apply the reference architecture in your architecture engagement.
Figure 4 - SAP Enterprise Architecture Methodology - Overview of core domains & models
With the support of the Reference Architecture, you will see and experience that you do not have to start your enterprise architecture engagement on a blank page anymore but leverage business capabilities and process models to jumpstart your work and further detail out the architecture relevant details.
A set of tools will be introduced and demonstrated to derive the best and most up-to-date architecture content throughout the enterprise architecture engagement cycle.
We will explore the Signavio Process Explorer - One Process Acceleration Layer (OPAL) as a primary means to navigate through the SAP Reference Architecture, or the SAP API Business Hub to access integration architecture content. Other tools will be in use to gain insights into e.g., availability of product features or availability of data centers for specific SaaS applications etc.
Figure 5 - SAP Reference Architecture
Enterprise Architecture Service
During the training you will get to know the Enterprise Architecture services offered by SAP, featured by the SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework:
Figure 6 – Modular Enterprise Architecture Service Offering Modules
Enterprise Architecture Case Study
Our case study simulates a real-world customer situation and provides the red thread for the architecture engagement cycle. Starting from the assessment and break down of a company’s business strategy up to the application roadmap, various exercises bring the theoretical content to life and the reference architecture into action. A good mix of theory and hands-on experience session make this training offer a unique experience.
Figure 7 – Case Study introduction
During the various exercises you will work in small groups and in support of state-of-the-art collaboration tools.
With the current training offer we deliver the foundation training in combination with a case study, hands-on exercises and a certification program. Further extensions of the training are planned and will be announced in due course. The following roadmap outlines the evolution of the training offer:
Figure 7 – Enterprise Architecture Training Roadmap
For whom is the training offer?
Target audience of the enterprise architecture training are the following roles:
What are the pre-requisites for the EA class?
It is essential that you have a basic understanding of TOGAF, preferably you are TOGAF certified.
Furthermore, it is recommended to have a
Good understanding of business strategy, organization, functional and process concepts
Good understanding of IT strategy, organization, applications, data and technology concepts.
As we are working in a virtual environment you should be proficient with collaboration tools such as Zoom, Teams and Mural.
Why should I join this Enterprise Architecture training?
Despite other enterprise architecture education offerings, this training is a unique investment in people skills as it combines:
a proven methodology
with a real-world case study
for an end-to-end architecture engagement cycle
in combination with a reference architecture
and the support of tools
leading to an enterprise architecture certification
all provided by SAP
What do other customers say about the training?
We had the chance to conduct a first pilot training with Bayer with the following feedback:
“… thank you very much for the very insightful training on your SAP Enterprise Architecture methodology. Especially valuable for us was the connection between solid architecture methodology and ready-to-use reference architecture artifacts. This fills the gap between theoretical architecture courses and pure tool trainings and really helps us to further mature our Enterprise Architecture practice.”