Architecture Modeling and Simulation of Information Systems
In our daily lives we are surrounded by different systems. For example your organization’s network can be thought of as a system, which is made up of different elements (servers, workstations, network equipment, etc.), which are interconnected and managed in such a way, as to support the daily activities of your organization and its long term strategy. The organization itself can also be viewed as a system – one comprised of different departments, teams, individuals, etc. They too need organization in the form of establishing policies, defining and carrying out specific business processes, nourishing a specific organizational culture, etc.
We can think of architecture as the state of a system in a specific moment of time (past, present or future). For example, imagine that you can stop time and examine the organization of a department in your company. Think of what people work there, what is their hierarchy, what are their business processes, how IT systems support their daily activities, etc. This would be the architecture of your department in that moment.
Every system has an architecture – whether we explicitly manage it or not. However, when it comes to our company and its assets, we don’t want just any architecture. We want to organize things in such a way, as to be sure that specific results will be obtained, that we will reach optimum efficiency, that we provide just enough security and so on. Typically this requires a significant effort on our side.
Sometimes the architecture can be managed intuitively, following prior experience, rules of thumb or plain „good feeling”. However, the more complicated an enterprise becomes, the less effective these approaches tend to be. At this point, the architect needs reliable instruments to support and guide him in his work.
At this point standards such as PRINCE2, ITIL, RUP, ISO/IEC 27000 can be indispensable and will help you transform the architecture of your organization. However, the standards do not give easy answers, and they still leave a lot of work to be done and difficult decisions to be made. The person responsible for organizing the enterprise will almost always be facing challenges such as:
In order to overcome those challenges, the architect needs to collect and process a lot of information, perform different analyzes, understand the situation on different levels (from high-level business perspective, down to low-level technical details), organize the enterprise in the right way and then communicate this information to others and participate in and oversee certain aspects of the implementation of the system and its utilization.
The AMSIS program covers the standards, methodologies, instruments and best-practices, which help in the design and management of architectures. The program is not domain-specific and can be applied in a wide area of enterprises. It covers the topics, such as:
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Our courses are intended for professionals, who work in the following areas:
The knowledge and skills delivered by the AMSIS program can improve your expertise and help you develop new abilities, if you are involved in areas, such as:
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