01. An international Insurance company has grown with little consideration for rationalization and consolidation. There is no coordination between business unit and every one have managed its own applications. The CIO decided to establish an Enterprise Architecture program within the enterprise to enable the company to expand to other markets in the next two years.
The company has not any Enterprise Architecture Capability in place and the he CIO has set up an Architecture Board and called its first meeting. Refer to the scenario above
As Lead Architect you will establish a TOGAF 9 Enterprise Architecture program. Identify the best way to do this among the answers below.
a) You tailor TOGAF 9 with the help of the Architecture Board to integrate it with the legacy procedures established by the PMO. You also examine the relationship of TOGAF with other processes and frameworks for governance, systems development and operations management. You then define the footprint of the enterprise architecture.
b) As Lead Architect you create a Request for Architecture Work to allocate resources to work on the Architecture Vision. Based on the outcome of the Business Scenario technique you apply, you create the Common Systems Architecture to guide the choice of Solutions Building Blocks. These will be then used for integrating the systems across business units.
c) You clarify the agreement on key business drivers and the scope of the enterprise architecture. You then clarify the requirements for architecture work. You define the architecture principles together with the help of the Architecture Board in order to lead the architecture work. You consider how to tailor TOGAF 9 for this enterprise.
d) You conduct an Architecture Maturity Assessment. You then use the TOGAF ADM to state the requirements for the integration of a new company information management system into the organization. You then list a set of business goals together with the Architecture Board that will be a reference to the enterprise architecture program.
02. Magic Wand Corporation manufactures a range of equipment used by magician worldwide. The global popularity of a series of children’s books describing the formative years of a budding wizard and his various escapades at wizard school has driven unprecedented sales growth in the magical equipment market. The current IT systems at Magic Wand are struggling to cope with the high volumes in this growth market.
The CIO wants to persuade the board of Magic Wand Corporation to make a greater investment in the IT systems to cope with the new higher transaction volumes. On of the key components the CIOs wants to include when he approaches the board is a description of the current problems and how they may be addressed from an architectural point of view. As the High Architect of Magic Wand Corporation, the CIO has delegated the task of creating a vision for the future Architecture to you.
Which of the following answers best describes how TOGAF recommends delivering an Architecture Vision for the CIO?
a) Firstly, I ensure there is a Request for Architecture Work from the CIO. Then I ensure that there is recognition for the architecture vision project by following any project management and programmed management frameworks used within the organization. I would identify the key stakeholders and engage with them to understand and document their concerns and high-level requirements. This would result in a stakeholder map used to support other deliverables such as the Architecture Vision, a Communications plan and a Statement of Architecture Work. I would then identify the business goals and strategic drivers of the organization and define any enterprise or project specific constraints such as time and resources. I would then define the business capabilities of the organization needed to fulfill those business goals and drivers and their readiness for change. Once complete, I would define the scope, confirm the architecture and business principles and develop the Architecture Vision. Following this, I would define the business case for the architecture project, assess the business risks and produce a risk mitigation plan. I would then define a plan of enterprise architecture work to meet the scope in the desired time line and the resources required and secure the support of stakeholders.
b) I would start by ensuring there is a Request for Architecture Work from the sponsor (the CIO). I would then create a project to define and deliver the architecture vision and the necessary outputs. The outputs include an approved Statement of Architecture Work, refined statements of Businesses Principles, Business Goals and Business Drivers, Architecture Principles, a Capability Assessment, a Tailored Architecture Framework, an Architecture vision, a Communications plan. The Statement of Architecture Work needs to be clear on the scope of architectural work, the resources needed to complete the work and amount of time it would take to complete the work assuming the scope of architectural work is agreed and that all the resources required are available. The final step would be to agree the Statement of Architectural Work with stakeholders confirming the scope, schedule and confirming the availability of the necessary resources.
c) I would start by establishing the architecture project and follow the appropriate project management method. I would identify stakeholders their concerns and business requirements then confirm and elaborate the business goals, business drivers and constraints. I would then evaluate the business capabilities and readiness for business transformation and define the scope. I would then develop the architecture vision, define the target architecture value proposition, KPIs and identify and mitigate all risks associated with the transformation effort. Finally, I would develop an Enterprise Architecture Plan and Statement of Work and secure approval from the relevant stakeholders.
d) I would approach this by defining and establishing the architecture team and governance. This would be followed by agreeing and establishing the architecture principles. I would select and customize an architecture framework changing any terminology and selecting the right phases and customizing the structure of content and outputs from the chosen method. Finally I would select and implement and architecture tools. The outputs from this work would include an Organization Model for Enterprise Architecture, a Tailored Architecture Framework including method and content, the Architecture Principles, an initial architecture repository, restatement or references to business principles, business goals and business driver, a request for architecture work and the governance framework.
03. SureFlight Air Carrier has received approval for the acquisition of a regional carrier. To integrate the new acquisition, a TOGAF based enterprise architecture program has been initiated.
The CIO sponsors the activity supported by the Chief Architect. In Phase A within the initial iteration the CIO wants to ensure that the architecture activities are recognized among the various stakeholders of the enterprise. Refer to the scenario above
You are a consultant supporting the Chief Architect that should explain how to identify and engage the stakeholders at this stage of the program. Identify the best answer accordingly to the TOGAF 9 guidelines.
a) Using the business scenarios technique you would identify supporting and not supporting stakeholders. Then you would list the set of viewpoints that are addressing the stakeholder concerns and share these with them.
b) You first priority is to communicate with the regional carrier stakeholders developing a Communications Plan to share main features and discuss opportunities with them.
c) You conduct a pilot proof of concept during Phase A to demonstrate the technical feasibility to the stakeholders explaining the approach available from your preferred suppliers.
d) You identify all the main stakeholders on both the acquired carrier and the rest of the enterprise. Using a stakeholder map, you classify and record their power in relation to this activity. You then focus on implementing the relevant viewpoints that can address the concerns of every main stakeholder identified in the stakeholders map.
04. RIG Networks, a global network supplier is implementing a massive replacement of its supply chain to reduce production cost of their new LTE (Long Term Evolution) gateways. As part of this renovation process the CIO decided to replace their ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system using a green field approach (where the legacy ERP system will be decommissioned).
The CIO engaged a team of TOGAF 9 certified consultants to design the solution, he then identified the suppliers and asked you as Chief Architect to supervise the definition of the Architecture Design and Development Contract. Refer to the scenario above
You now need to write the Architecture Design and Development Contract, identify how you would o this following TOGAF 9.
a) You would define the Architecture Design and Development Contract with: introduction and background, the nature of the agreement, scope of the architecture, architecture and strategic principles and requirements, conformance requirements, Target Architecture Measures, Define phases of deliverables, Prioritized joint workplan, Time window, Architecture delivery and business metrics.
b) You would define the Architecture Design and Development Contract with: introduction and background, the nature of the agreement, scope of the architecture, architecture and strategic principles and requirements, conformance requirements, Baseline Architecture definition, Target Architecture Measures, Define phases of deliverables, Prioritized joint workplan, Time window, Architecture delivery and business metrics.
c) You would define the Architecture Design and Development Contract with: Target Architecture Measures, Define phases of deliverables, Prioritized joint workplan, Time window, Architecture delivery and business metrics.
d) You would define the Architecture Design and Development Contract with: scope, goals, objectives and constraints, Architecture Principles, Baseline Architecture, Architecture Models, Gap Analysis, Impact Assessment.
05. AutoComp Corporation produces components for the Car industry. Driven by the global financial downturn they are looking to reduce IT costs. They believe there is a cost saving opportunity within IT but this is not quantified in terms of potential savings nor is there agreed target architecture.
Final decisions on the solutions are not yet fully agreed. They have completed their Vision Phase and first pass of the three architecture definition phases and now they want to finalize and plan their solutions. You are the Chief Architect from a consulting organization brought into review the work to date by AutoComp Corporation and to make recommendations to the CIO and the board on this.
Which of the following answers best describes how TOGAF recommends in this context?
a) I would determine the business value of each solution, prioritize accordingly each set of solutions, conduct detailed Risk Assessment and Mitigation, do Compliance reviews and then implement the solutions. I would present my recommendations to the board for agreement. Once this is done, I would update the architectures reflecting any changes resulting from the board discussion.
b) I would after confirming Enterprise Change Attributes and constraints, do a Consolidated Gap Analysis then dependencies, then group and allocate the transitions. I would also assess Enterprise readiness and risks. Then I would also assess the business value of the solutions, do risk analysis with mitigation and then schedule the work products.
c) I would do a Consolidated Gap Analysis by considering then dependencies, then group and allocate the transitions. I would then look to produce artifacts that describe the recommended projects, the risk, issues and dependencies. This would also include transition architects to move us from current architecture to the recommended target architectures. I would present my recommendations to the board for agreement. Once this is done, I would update the architectures reflecting any changes resulting from the board discussion.
d) I would look at the corporate culture and attitude to change, understand the constraints such as cost and the required time horizons. I would then look at the architecture work to ensure it is complete and seek to address any gaps. I would review the functional requirements and ensure there are complete interoperability requirements. I would then validate any dependencies and risks. Then formulate an implementation and migration strategy identifies major work packages and the transition architecture required. Finally, once agreement is reached with the board I will create project charters and re-factor any changes needed from the board discussion into the architecture.
06. MegaMart is a Retail Chain which has expanded throughout India and the Far East. The CEO and CIO decide that there is a crying need to put an Enterprise Architecture in place to realize MegaMart’s strategy to expand its revenue and diversify.
The CIO has evaluated and decided to go in for TOGAF9 and adapt it to his enterprise requirements. The Preliminary and Vision Phase have been completed. As such very few architectural artifacts exist and the target architecture as of now is not very clear.
As the Lead Architect how would you guide your team of architects for the Business Architecture definition?
a) In the first iteration start with the definition of the Target Business Architecture using a Top down Approach. Then keep on iterating in Phase B till the Target Business Architecture is refined before going to Phase C and Phase D. After Phase C and Phase D are over, iterate again to Phase B and define the baseline Business Architecture, analyze the gaps finalize the Architecture Definitions documents and proceed to Phase C and Phase D.
b) In the first iteration start with the definition of the Baseline Business Architecture using a Top Down approach. Define the Architecture Definition document after analyzing the impacts and reviewing with the stakeholders. Then proceed to Phase C and Phase D. In the next iteration finalize the Target Business Architecture and proceed to Phase C and Phase D.
c) In the first iteration start with the definition of the Baseline Business Architecture using a Bottom Up approach. Define the Architecture Definition document after analyzing the impacts and reviewing with the stakeholders’. Proceed to Phase C and Phase D. In the next iteration finalize the Target Business Architecture, determine the gaps and the roadmap, and the impact and update the Architecture Definition document. after analyzing the impacts and reviewing with the stakeholders. Then proceed with the iteration.
d) In the first iteration start with the definition of the Target Business Architecture using a Top Down approach. Define the Architecture Definition document after analyzing the impacts and reviewing with the stakeholders proceed to Phase C and Phase D. In the next iteration finalize the Baseline Business Architecture, determine the gaps and the roadmap, and the impact and update the Architecture Definition document. After analyzing the impacts and reviewing with the stakeholders. Then proceed with the iteration.
07. TP Banking is a strong financial institute with a well-known acquisition history with an internal IT department managing over 100 projects related to infrastructure and services. The CIO has decided to create an Enterprise Architecture based on TOGAF 9 as reaction to the difficult market conditions. An Architecture Vision and a set of domain architectures were approved.
The CIO is asking you (the Lead Architect) to define an Implementation and Migration Plan that realizes the vision already agreed with the stakeholders involved. Refer to the scenario above
You are leading a group of domain architects and you are working with the corporate PMO, the business strategy team and service operations. You are meeting the stakeholders to clarify how you want to proceed with the Implementation and Migration Plan.
a) You propose to start collecting the existing deliverables describing the different domains in order to enable the Enterprise Architecture tram to integrate them with the support of the operation management. Every domain architect will then evaluate the impact on the projects already planned for the domain. The single revised plans will be integrated together and consolidated into a strategic implementation and migration strategy defining an IT roadmap.
b) You communicate the need for urgency. The projects already planned will be cancelled and the implementation of the new architecture vision will be set as first priority. A set of new projects will be defined to implement the new strategy. You will use the requirements from Phases B through D and define new projects for each one of the requirements. The use of defined interoperability architecture guidelines will then enable the project teams to work together and define a set of new point-to-point interfaces.
c) You describe the concept of Transition Architectures and clarify that the business value can be achieved by all the projects delivering their increments in a coordinated approach. Capability gaps and project dependencies are analyzed for each domain this will then enable the projects to be organized in work packages. You will then agree on the roadmap for the implementation and migration strategy meeting with all the key stakeholders.
d) You communicate the CIO's will to transform the corporation and then that he's seeking help from the domain architects to do that. The requirements are managed in order to enable every Architect to participate to the planning that will result in a detailed list of work activities with impact on the IT portfolio of projects. A five year Target Architecture will then be defined and a report will keep track of dependencies and factors assessment.
08. You are serving as the Lead Architect for a European Insurance company. The company has grown substantially over the last 15 years. Due to the many mergers and acquisitions, the application portfolio of the enterprise has grown with little consideration for consolidation or rationalization.
Each business unit has managed its own applications, with no coordination between them. In the last two years the competition in the insurance industry has increased with the advent of many Internet-based comparison sites leading to increased pressure to reduce the operational expenses including IT.
An Enterprise Architecture program has been underway within the company to integrate and rationalize the application portfolio and introduce a company-wide customer information management system. A recent review has identified shortcomings within the Enterprise Architecture Practice at the company. This has highlighted concerns about the lack of buy-in to the architecture processes and the EA program. Concerns have also been raised about lack of appropriate staff skills and experience in key roles.
The CIO is the sponsor of the EA program and TOGAF 9 has been adopted for the architecture method and deliverables. It has been tailored by the EA team.
The CIO has asked you to recommend an approach to improve the performance of the EA Practice within the company.
Based on TOGAF 9, which of the following is the best answer?
a) You would ensure that the IT vision, principles, business linkages, Baseline and Target Architectures are identified and that a set of Architecture Standards are being followed. You would recommend that the senior management team are briefed regularly and support the enterprise architecture processes. You would ensure that performance metrics associated with the EA practice are captured and analysed regularly.
b) You recommend conducting an Architecture Maturity Assessment as this will identify the practices on which the company should focus to see the greatest improvement. You also recommend that a skills framework be introduced, based on that of the TOGAF Architecture Skills Framework. This will provide a clear definition of skills and proficiency levels for roles within the team.
c) You recommend developing an automated Skills Assessment tool based on the TOGAF Skills Framework. The tool will provide a rapid means of identifying skills and gaps. The results from running the tool can then be used to determine the training and development needs of the EA team members and also used when recruiting new team members.
d) You recommend engaging the services of an external consultant to evaluate the tailored Architecture Development Method to ensure that it is fit for purpose. A set of interviews should then be held with the Lead Enterprise Architect and other architects. A report should then be prepared and presented to the Architecture Board detailing the actions necessary to improve the performance of the EA Practice.
09. Chiamin Metals is a leading world-wide manufacturer for continuous casting and bottom pouring powders. In addition to mould powders, the company also produces cored wire for secondary metallurgy. Chiamin Metals offers a variety of products and uses a paper-based catalog to sponsor them. A new CIO has joint the enterprise and has set up a team of Enterprise Architects following the TOGAF 9 practice.
The main challenge is now to offer to Chiamin Metals customers a centralized and reliable entry point for their request via the implementation of a global online portal. This will allow the management of new marketing activities and will enable the new Chiamin Metals' ecommerce service. Refer to the scenario above
You are the Chief Architect and the CIO asked you to present an Architecture Vision to address the above business problem. Identify the best answer accordingly to the TOGAF 9.
a) You identify key stakeholders, their concerns, and define the key business requirements to be addressed in the architecture engagement and generate a Stakeholder Map. You Evaluate business capabilities and execute a Business Transformation Readiness Assessment. You apply the Business Scenarios technique to create a high-level view of the Baseline and Target Architectures also based on the stakeholder concerns, business capability requirements, scope, constraints, and principles.
b) As requested by the CIO you focus on the Architecture Vision documentation and apply the Business Scenarios technique to create a high-level view of the Baseline and Target Architectures also based on the stakeholder concerns, business capability requirements, scope, constraints, and principles.
c) You create a high-level view of the Target Architectures and then present them to the CIO.
d) As requested by the CIO you focus on the Architecture Vision and create a detailed view of the Baseline Architectures. This is done for Business, Data, Application and Technology domains and then presented to the CIO using the Architecture Definition Document.
10. UTrack Transports is a strong UK logistics company. The head of the strategic marketing division engaged the Principal Architect issuing a Request for architectural work to design an enhancement of the current Enterprise Data Warehouse system.
An enhancement is needed to support the change in the business model; UTrack wants to leverage on customer data collected during business as usual activities and anonymize them to offer marketing agencies a fresh and accessible source of analytics data, this will increase the company revenues. TOGAF 9 is the architectural framework in use.
Refer to the scenario above The Principal Architect has decided to ask you as Business Intelligence Subject Matter Expert to design the Data Architecture. The Chief Architect shared with you the Architecture Definition Document including the Business Architecture design.
You now need to choose the artifacts you want to produce as part of the Data Architecture design. Identify the best answer accordingly to the TOGAF 9.
Choose one of the following answers
a) You first list the data used across the enterprise using a Data Entity/Data Component Catalog, including data entities and also the data components where data entities are stored. You then classify what the data source are and the relationship with the data entities via a System/Data Matrix. You finally identify common data requirements using a Data Lifecycle Diagram.
b) You first list the data used across the enterprise using a Data Entity/Data Component Matrix, including data entities and also the data components where data entities are stored. You then classify what the data source are and the relationship with the data entities via a Role/System Catalog. You finally identify common data requirements using a Data Use Case Diagram.
c) You first list the data used across the enterprise using a Data Entity/Data Component Catalog, including data entities and also the data components where data entities are stored. You then classify what the data source are and the relationship with the data entities via a System/Data Matrix.
d) You first list the data used across the enterprise using a Data Entity/Data Component Catalog, including data entities and also the data components where data entities are stored. You then assign ownership of data entities to the organization via a System/Data Matrix.