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  • 1. IT Architect Certification James de Raeve VP, Certification GSM +44 780 890 4745 Tel +44 118 902 3014 [email_address] Thames Tower Station Rd Reading RG1 1LX UK www.opengroup.org
  • 2. The Open Group
    • IT industry consortium
      • 250+ members
      • 30% buy-side
        • Requirements & standards
    • Operating since 1985
    • Platinum Sponsors
      • Capgemini, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, Sun,
    • 45 staff, with offices in Reading UK, San Francisco CA, Burlington MA, and Tokyo, Japan
    • Operate as not-for-profit
  • 3.
    • To drive the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow ™ by:
    Mission
    • Working with customers to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices;
    • Working with suppliers , consortia and standards bodies to develop consensus and facilitate interoperability, to evolve and integrate open specifications and open source technologies;
    • Offering a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and
    • Developing and operating the industry's premier certification service and encouraging procurement of certified products.
  • 4. History
    • Members of The Open Group Architecture Forum considered the problem of IT Architect Certification several years ago:
      • Several organizations operated similar IT Architect certification programs
      • Similar objectives from one organization to the next
      • Different criteria, processes and certification titles
      • Recognized value of standardizing certification criteria as a basis for promoting architecture profession
      • Recognition that IT Architect credentialing did not lend itself well to traditional professional certification methods
        • Examinations, Practical Exams
      • Tied to corporate consulting strategies – ‘the secret sauce’
  • 5. History (2)
    • Submission of a detailed joint proposal by IBM and HP in Oct 04
    • Development of core documents by ITAC working group
    • Review and approval by Open Group members
    • Program Launch in July
    • Applications now in process for
      • Direct certification
      • Accreditation
  • 6. ITAC Program Value Proposition Reduce Project Risk Promote Academic Support Individual’s Credential Greater Client Value Certification Increases Credibility Grow IT Architect Community Foundation for the Profession Promotes Giveback
  • 7. Attributes of an Effective IT Architect Produced Valuable Architectures Technical Breadth Development Experience Uses Formal Methods Full Life-Cycle Experience Technical Leadership Communicator
  • 8. The Program
  • 9. Core Certification Documents
    • Define the process and conformance requirements that must be met by the candidate to be certified
    • Certification Policy
      • Rules, process, what-ifs
    • Conformance requirements
      • Defines the skills and experience required to qualify for certification
      • Skills - and the level required
      • Experience: three years successful experience as lead architect
      • Give-Back to the community
  • 10. Core Skills Requirements - Examples
    • Broken into categories necessary to be an effective IT Architect
      • People Skills
      • Project Management Skills
      • Architecture Skills
    Examples People Perform Conflict Resolution Mediate opposing viewpoints and negotiate equitable solutions to ensure successful and stable outcomes. Applied Project Management Manage Architectural Elements of Project Plan Given a project plan, identify those elements of the plan that put the architectural integrity of the plan at risk and manage those elements through to the agreement by the client/project manager that the project has been successfully completed. Deep Architecture Develop Solutions Architecture Given one or more business requirements, create the structures of a solution which can be validated to meet those requirements. Deep Architecture Use Modeling Techniques Given a proposed solution, use modeling techniques, such as prototyping, benchmarking, and performance modeling, to size and validate that the proposed solution meets business requirements. Deep Category Skill Description Required Skill Level
  • 11. Skills Evaluation
    • Self evaluation of skill level, proficiency and demonstrated experience
      • Course and training history documented in package
      • Sign-off by ACP Management and/or Referees
      • Validation of skills assessment part of the board review
    Skill Level Proficiency Experience Limited Limited or no knowledge None General General conceptual knowledge only Limited – Read about it, some education Applied Applied knowledge Performs with assistance Deep In depth knowledge Mastered the current state of the art. Able to perform without assistance Expert Expert knowledge Advances the state of the art.
  • 12. Experience Requirements
    • At least three years of experience producing architectures.
    • Experience with multiple types of systems, application architectures, multiple hardware and software platforms
    • Participated as an architect across the full lifecycle of at least one project or work effort within which they performed architectural work
    • Three architectural project experiences within which
      • Candidate was involved in the production of an architecture … “of significance, challenge, and complexity”.
      • Candidate was the lead IT Architect on the project …. and was accountable for the design of the solution
      • Work was performed using a recognised method
      • Solution successfully deployed/adopted.
  • 13. Experience Profiles
    • Experience documented through Experience Profiles
      • Establish a history of successful architectural performance
    • Experience Profile includes
      • A description of the business purpose of the project
      • A concise description of the project
      • The Candidate’s role
      • The Candidate’s period of involvement
    • Documented according to guidelines provided in the certification package template
  • 14. Experience Profile Criteria (1)
    • Demonstrates full life-cycle experience
    • Key Decisions Made
      • What were the architectural decisions and why made…
    • Demonstrated Architectural Capability
      • Designed sufficiently complex, challenging and relevant architectures
    • Broad Technical Experience
      • Broad set of technical and architectural experiences obtained during the design, development and deployment of applications
  • 15. Experience Profile Criteria (2)
    • Application of Tools and Methods
      • Demonstrated use of design methodologies and tools
    • Demonstrated Success
      • The work was “yours” …,
      • And accepted by the client
    • Perform as a Lead Architect
      • Acted in the role of the lead architect of a major component or subsystem. Led the design…
  • 16. ITAC Program – Certification Process Direct Indirect Initial Review Program Certification Package Board Interview Board Assessment Re-Certification Abbrev. Board Review Re-Certified! Re-Apply Extended ACP Requirements Base OGITAC Requirements Submitted to ACP/OG Package Accepted by ACP/OG Approval Reject Assessment Feedback 3 Years Incomplete Package Certified! Board Feedback
  • 17. Practical Stuff
    • Read the docs!!!
      • Guide to Certification
      • Conformance Requirements
      • Certification Policy
    • They are on the CD
      • and at www.opengroup.org/itac/cert
    • Check for interpretations
      • www.opengroup.org/itac/cert/PR
  • 18. Applying - Direct
    • Fetch the Certification Package template
      • http://www.opengroup.org/itac/cert/docs/ITAC_Cert_Template.doc
      • And the sample package
    • Complete your Certification Package
      • 55 page max
      • Including experience profiles and references
    • Register at https://www.opengroup.org/itac/cert/
      • Contact Details
      • Choose Visibility:
        • Visible
        • Contact details not visible
        • Invisible
    • Pay the certification fee
  • 19. Applying - Direct
    • Submit Certification Package
    • The Open Group then schedules a Certification Board
    • Candidates attend the board for interview
    • Open Group notifies candidates of result
      • Enter name in the register
      • Or inform candidate what needs to be done to succeed
  • 20. Accreditation
  • 21. Accreditation
    • We will accredit organisations to enable them to certify their own employees within the Open Group program
      • Same Conformance Requirements
      • Equivalent processes
      • One register of Certified IT Architects
    • Benefits
      • Scale
      • Convenience
        • Time and place
        • Control
    • Use of Open Group materials
  • 22. Extended Requirements
    • Accredited Certification Programs may add extended requirements
      • additional certification criteria
    • Must not modify or conflict with base certification Conformance Requirements
      • Examples:
        • Industry Extensions
        • Cultural Extensions
        • Corporate/Organizational Extensions ‘The secret sauce’
  • 23. Future Directions
    • Additional “levels” of skill and experience
      • Current program is level 2 - “Master level”
      • Definition of level 1 almost complete
        • Member review starts by end of October
        • Operational early Q1
    • Definition of Disciplines – just starting
      • Starting by defining terms
        • EA
        • EIA
        • EITA….
  • 24. Local access
    • Will be working with partners to provide access to certification locally
      • Meeting with ICS tomorrow
  • 25. Questions or Comments…..
    • Further information can be found at:
    • http://www.opengroup.org/certification/itac/