AMSIS – Architecture modelling



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:

  • How do we implement a given standard (say PRINCE2) in our organization?
  • If we need to implement several standards, how do we make sure that the implementation of one of them will not contradict with the others?
  • How do we balance between the concerns of different stakeholders, especially conflicting ones?
  • How do we fit everything inside the budget?
  • How do we introduce new systems to our existing IT, infrastructure without breaking it?
  • How do we reorganize our infrastructure, in order to make it more effective?
  • And others…

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:

  • Architecture Frameworks (AF), which support and/or guide the creation, interpretation and analyses of architecture descriptions.
  • Architecture Description Languages (ADL), which can be used to organize, represent and communicate information pertaining to a specific system.
  • Architecture Processes, for example ones concerned with the developing and management of an architecture description.
  • Measuring and Evaluation of architectures.
  • The main standards in the area, for example ISO/IEC 42010, TOGAF, DoDAF, IDEF, ArchiMate, UML, etc.


Benefits of AMSIS

Our courses are intended for professionals, who work in the following areas:

  • Management
  • Business analysis
  • Systems development
  • Support
  • Sales


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:

  • Design and development of organizations.
  • Understanding and mapping organizations
  • Decision-making.
  • Project management
  • Change management
  • Design and development of solutions
  • Implementation of procedures, instruments and methods
  • Systems integration
  • Design, development and maintenance of technical infrastructure


Benefits of participating in this course

  • Training is run by experienced practitioners, who have already proven their ability to help others gain knowledge and skills in the areas covered by AMSIS.
  • Training is focused on both the theoretical and practical aspects.
  • Training includes a lot of examples, which help for better understanding of the theory and its application.
  • Training includes a lot of exercises, which help you learn and develop your skills


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