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You have just completed 4 gruelling days of our TOGAF® 9.1 Workshop Training. While it had all been worth it, you feel there also had been lots and lots of information to digest. Now that you are back to your daily work routine, you are also worried that your daily work routine may distract you from all the newly gained knowledge prior to the certification exam. So, what do you do?...
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Globally, organizations are working on offsetting economic dampening behavior with new products and services in regular interval. CEOs are working hard to retain their market share. Very often, results are not favorable due to inherent business complexity and associated business structure. As a result, even incremental changes are expensive and time-consuming. In Nov 2014, Chief Executive magazine reported that nearly 90% of the CEO's have failed to meet their target. Nearly,...
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We are happy to bring out a new program specially for business executives.The iCMG Enterprise Architecture Leadership Certification (iEALC) Program is aimed at evaluating skills and experiences necessary to practice Enterprise Architecture successfully in your organization by creating, evaluating and executing business strategies that get results. In the last 14 years, iCMG Consultants have instrumental in creating services to support the architecture ecosystem across the globe (42 Plus countries). Every year, our...
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William Branson introduced iCMG's new "Master EA" Program via his featured article entitled "The Biggest Myth About TOGAF Certification"  available on : http://bit.ly/1H5T0WP I think this program is very useful especially as a second step for Certified Enterprise Architects but also for those that attend iCMG's TOGAF training sessions to get certified. This is what I started at least the first steps... during our last "ArchiMate integrated TOGAF in-house workshop" in New York for S&P - ... by...
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In a recent Blog Post The Biggest Myth About TOGAF Certification, my colleague William Branson pointed out ways of becoming more effective and become a Master Enterprise Architect. This is because Enterprise Architecture work is complex and while getting a TOGAF®  Certification is an essential first step, aspiring EA’s need an experienced guiding hand in this journey. So, what are the complexities? These arise in three areas. They are Organisational, Enterprise...
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So you either are getting TOGAF certified, just got TOGAF certified, or are seriously considering it. In any case you should be aware of the biggest myth about TOGAF certification. At iCMG we train and prepare hundreds of people every year to pass their TOGAF certification and there is a common theme we hear over and over again - it's the notion that certification is an "end" not a "mean." In...
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In the last two posts, you heard John discussing and uncovering the myths about his framework. In this part, we will look at adoption of Zachman Framework across various industries or regions. Also, what can a CEO expect from Enterprise Architecture team? Is it possible to deliver solution options in 30-45 days cycle? One of the common problem facing most of the enterprise is related to their IT department. Often code champions...
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Is it possible to tell an interesting story about a subject as dry as Enterprise Architecture? Well, I am going to try. Once upon a time, in the vast Australian continent, there existed a Mining and Resources company called Southern Cross Mining and Resources Company. For those of you unfamiliar with Southern Cross, it is a Constellation which looks like a Cross visible only in the Southern Skies and that too...
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In this part, John will clarify some of the common mistakes done by practitioners. Such as using BPMN Models as an artifact ( deliverable) inside Zachman Framework Column 2, Row 2? Why it's wrong to compare Zachman Framework with other frameworks in the industry which are being used for doing Enterprise Architecture? John also shared his concern about some of the professionals who are qualifying themselves by simply glancing through his...
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A hidden source of expensive waste in most organizations can be found in the process for seeking funding for projects. I’ll bet you are thinking, “Seriously?” to yourself right now. That’s the problem. No one really thinks about this process as a costly waste of scarce resources in an organization. And worse yet, very few organizations see the link between good business architecture and eliminating this wasteful loss. In the next...
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