Enterprise, Solution and Software Architecture

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Our courses help you pass examinations for these professional architect certificates

·        BCS Foundation Certificate in Architecture Concepts and Domains (“open in new window”)

·        BCS Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture (“open in new window”)

·        iSAQB Certified Professional Software Architect – Foundation

·        The Open Group Architecture Framework

 

From these industry bodies.

·          British Computer Society (BCS)

·          International Software Architecture Qualification Board (iSAQB)

·          The Open Group.

 

How to study for the BCS Foundation Certificate in Architecture Concepts and Design (FCACD)?

You can prepare for examination to this certificate in two ways.

Attend the first three days of the SSA course, or the first four days of the ESA course.

Notice that by adding one or two days you can study for a second certificate.

 

“A good ESA course really goes a long way to become an excellent architect.”

“I attended one of Graham's courses and it made me a much better architect.”

Calendar 2024

Public course dates are shown on the calendar below.

Book a course place    Ask a question    Ask for a private on-site or Zoom course

Call 07711 884412 for information you cannot find on this web site.

 

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CPSA-F

 

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All prices exclude VAT.

ESA: Enterprise & Solution Architect

Classroom (usually Epsom, SW of London). Large case study.

 

ESA 4 day variant, £1,490, including the FCACD exam fee

Concludes with in-class examination to

the BCS Foundation Certificate in Architecture Concepts and Domains, and

the case-study-based Avancier Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture.

 

ESA 5 day, £2,390, including FCACD and PCESA exam fees

Following the course above, one more day prepares you for examination to

the interview-based BCS Practitioner Certificate in Enterprise and Solution Architecture.

You take the on-line exam after the course, when you choose.

 

Q) When will I sit the in-class Avancier PCESA examination?

If attending the 4 day version, then 4pm on Thursday, after the on-line FCACD examination.

If attending the 5 day version, you will use that hour for revision, and sit it at the end of Friday.

The BCS PCESA interview can only be arranged later; there can be a considerable lead time.

 

Q) Do I need to buy Mark Lovatt’s “SA Foundations” book?

You don’t need it to pass exams for the FCACD or Avancier PCESA certificate.

However, it will help you revise some syllabus items for the BCS PCESA exam.

 

Q) How come we get only one more day’s training for PCESA?

Much of the PCESA content is interleaved with FCACD content in the first 4 days.

 

“I highly recommend Avancier Limited if you actually want to learn, not just pass the exam… a really enjoyable and informative course.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed your teaching, the work and the time to think about what I am and am not doing properly at the moment.”

“Excellent course. I enjoyed every minute. Almost everything relevant to what I do. Great to meet you and thanks for an excellent week!”

 

SSA: Solution & Software Architect

Zoom. Small case study.

 

SSA 3 day £1,290, including the FCACD exam fee

Prepares you for the BCS Foundation Certificate in Architecture Concepts and Domains.

You take the on-line exam after the course, when you choose.

 

SSA 5 day £1,790, including the FCACD exam fee

Following the course above, two more days prepare you for examination to

the iSAQB Certified Professional Software Architect – Foundation.

You sit the on-line exam after the course, when you choose.

You can ask us to buy a voucher for you (250 euros + VAT), or choose to pay after the course.

 

“Thanks again for passing on your knowledge and wisdom and not just reading out the syllabus.

I appreciated your real-life examples and going the extra mile to explain in more depth. Defo a worthwhile course!”

 

CPSA-F: Software Architect

Zoom. Small case study.

 

CPSA-F, 3 day, £990, excluding the exam fee.

Leads to the Certified Professional Software Architect – Foundation exam.

You sit the on-line exam after the course, whenever you choose.

You can ask us to buy a voucher for you (250 euros + VAT), or choose to pay after the course.

 

Read this feedback from the first running of the course.

 

TOGAF: The Open Group Architecture Framework

On-site: private courses only.

TOGAF® and ArchiMate® are registered trademarks of The Open Group.

 

“Thank so much for the wisdom you imparted”.

 

No risk (your money is safe) booking

We never cancel a course place and date you have paid for – unless you ask us to.

We refund money in full if you cancel more than five days before a course.

We offer free retraining to anybody who fails an exam.

Payment is due a week before the course, or on booking within ten days of the course start date.

After you have paid, our policies protect you from the dodgy practices of some other training providers.

If others drop out and the class size reduces to one, then we offer you three options:

a) go ahead with a 1-to-1 course, b) join a future course c) full money back immediately.      

 

On-site courses

Course delivery £1,200 per tutor day for up to 4 delegates,

+ an amount to be determined for each delegate over 4.

+ relevant exam fees for each delegate

+ tutor expenses

 

Expenses: typically an amount in the range £700 to £1,000

If the customer pays for transport costs, and nights in a hotel with dinners, then Avancier will charge no expenses.

 

The tutor expects to arrive late evening before the course (c22.00) and leave early evening (c15.00) on the last day of the course.

Other prices that are usually not applicable:

+ £500 for leaving home before midday on the day before the course.

+ £500 for returning home the day after the course.

+ any taxes that apply.

 

Course structures

ESA: Enterprise and Solution Architecture

Mon

FUNDAMENTALS

Levels and domains

Standards and frameworks

Governance, risk and compliance

Business case

Gap analysis

Drivers

Architecture description

PRACTITIONER

1.1 architecture in an organization

1.2 architecture relationships

1.3 architecture frameworks

1.4 industry standards

2.1 the role of architecture

2.2 business change cycle

2.3 business needs

PRACTITIONER

3.1 compliance

3.2 stakeholder types

3.3 stakeholder needs

3.4 influencing others

3.5 customer focus

3.6 team roles and dynamics

Tues

BUSINESS ARCH.

Meaning & objectives,

Artifacts & activities

Business system structure

Business system behavior

5.4 common architecture models

 

EXTRA

Solution business architecture

 

DATA ARCH.

Meaning & objectives,

Artifacts & activities

Data v information

Data structures

 

 

EXTRA

Enterprise data architecture

Data stores and flows

APPLICATIONS ARCH.

Meaning & objectives,

Artifacts & activities

Application behaviour

Cross-reference grids

Kinds of application.

5.5 common modelling techniques.

EXTRA

App portfolio rationalization

App services

Integration tools & patterns

Wed

SOFTWARE ARCH.

Meaning & objectives,

Artifacts & activities

System modelling techniques.

The role of APIs

Design principles

Distributed systems      

Microservices

SECURITY ARCH.

Meaning & objectives,

Artifacts & activities

Legislation and standards

Data, apps, infrastructure security

EXTRA

Performance, availability,

 recoverability, integrity, etc. 

PRACTITIONER

6.2 Separation of Concerns

5.3 target solution architecture

5.6 business requirement types

5.7 preparing a gap analysis

Thurs

INFRASTRUCTURE ARCH.

Meaning & objectives,

Artifacts & activities

Technology portfolio rationalization

SA PROCESS

Meaning & objectives,

Artifacts & activities

Requirement types

The SA lifecycle

PRACTITIONER

5.1 solution architecture framework.

FCACD exam preparation

FCACD exam sat in class

Avancier PCESA exam in class

 

Fri

PRACTITIONER

6.1 Delivery road map

5.8 Business case

5.2 SDLC varieties

PRACTITIONER

4.1 Corporate governance

4.2 Key governance concepts

4.3 Risk management

6.1 quality assurance

6.3 change management

6.4 continuous improvement.

BCS PCESA interview

after the class.

 

SSA: Solution and Software Architecture

In the first three days, some content appears in the syllabus of both certificates

 

Mon

FUNDAMENTALS

levels and domains

standards and frameworks

governace, risk management

and compliance.

business case.

gap analysis.

drivers

architecture description

BUSINESS ARCH.

meaning & objectives,

artifacts & activities

business system structure

business system behaviour

CASE STUDY

Tues

DATA ARCH.

meaning & objectives,

artifacts & activities

data v information

data structures

APPLICATIONS ARCH.

meaning & objectives,

artifacts & activities

application behaviour

cross-reference grids.

kinds of application.

SOFTWARE ARCH.

meaning & objectives,

artifacts & activities

system modelling techniques.

the role of APIs

4. Design principles

Distributed systems      

Data transformation

Wed

INFRASTRUCTURE ARCH.

meaning & objectives,

artifacts & activities

technology rationalization

solution technology definition

SECURITY ARCH.

meaning & objectives,

artifacts & activities

legislation and professional standard

data, apps, infrastructure security

SA PROCESS

meaning & objectives,

artifacts & activities

different types of solution requirements

the SA lifecycle

FCACD exam preparation

Sit the exam in or after the class

Thurs

1. Basic concepts

2. Roles, responsibilities

3. Context and requirements

5. Design patterns

7-8 iSAQB 4 view approach

CASE STUDY

Fri

8. Documentation & communication

 9. Evaluate & ATAM

CPSA-F exam preparation

Later

Private study

Private study

Private study

CPSA-F  exam

CPSA-F: Certified Practitioner in Software Architecture

Mon

4. Design principles

From mainframes to distributed systems

5. Design patterns   

Microservices

3. Context and requirements

CASE STUDY part 1

Tues

6. Additional considerations

7. Approaches & methods 

Wed

7-8 iSAQB 4 view approach

CASE STUDY part  2

8. Documentation & communication

9. Architecture Evaluate & ATAM

Exam preparation

Later

Private study

Private study

CPSA-F exam on-line

More feedback

“For me, spot on” Architect”.

“I can highly recommend Avancier Limited if you actually want to learn about Enterprise and Solution Architecture and not just pass the exam. Graham Berrisford delivered a really enjoyable and informative course.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed your teaching, the work itself and the time those two things gave me to think about what I am and am not doing properly at the moment.” Enterprise Architect

“Excellent course. I enjoyed every minute of it. Almost everything relevant to what I do every day. I'll make a post... that highlights the value it delivers. Great to meet you and thanks for an excellent week!”

“Whereas TOGAF training is abstract, your ESA training fleshes it out with concrete guidance on techniques and artifacts. Much was new to me, well beyond what I learned when studying for TOGAF. The training is more intense – it teaches very useful stuff, as well as covering the reference model for the exams. Internal training tends to focus on our core domain and job role (e.g. I never see Business Architecture). This training is much broader and develops knowledge and skills across all the domains of Solution & Enterprise Architecture. It will be a huge benefit to me when working on future projects.” IBM Infrastructure architect

A great course with the content brought alive by the depth of knowledge and understanding of the tutor which made it far more meaningful and easier to learn - and I certainly achieved my objective of bringing together my understanding into a coherent picture of the work and role. Do quote me!”

“Your course is brilliant I would recommend it to anyone.” Solution Architect

“The course was very interesting and it is what I needed. I found it very professional and it will help in my future career.”

“Thank you. It was amazing how [the training] helped me understand architecture terms and concepts. I have started to put into practice some lessons learned and look forward to the practitioner course soon.”

I really enjoyed your course and [have since] found the material you presented very useful.” Solutions Architect

"explains what others (TOGAF, CMU…) leave obscure."

“Really good and provided me with new views on EA and SA – one of the best trainings I attended.” Enterprise Architect

“Your exam preparation really useful (a key objective for me).” Consultant

One of the few people I know who can articulate this area and subject in an understandable format.” Consultant

“It is amazing how my conversations have changed! On Monday I had three conversations that [made me] realise the positive effect the course has had… many things I now understand that I had only the smallest glimmer of before.” Infrastructure architect.

“An intensive course, covering the end-to-end of enterprise and solution architecture, from a tutor with a clear in depth knowledge and experience of his subject matter. A ‘must’ for all technologists, not just architects, it provides the structure of what all of us do on a day to day basis, business, data, systems and technology.” Solution architect

thank you for an interesting and stimulating course. It covered a lot of what I was expecting and more, and opened my eyes to architecture questions and concerns I need to be more familiar with.... Your anecdotes and examples helped make what is often a dry subject more interesting... [it] really helped me to grab the fundamentals of what it takes to be an Enterprise Architect.” Business intelligence architect.”

 

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