Alchemy - Building Enterprise Architecture Community of Practice in the Organization Context

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Vijaya Kumar Khaderbad, Head – Professional Services Group, Components Engineering Group, Tata Consultancy Services

Alchemy - Building Enterprise Architecture Community of Practice in the Organization Context

Vijaya Kumar Khaderbad, Head – Professional Services Group, Components Engineering Group, Tata Consultancy Services

There is an increasing demand to deliver the business vision and goals by companies amidst increased market competition. The technological advancements are making companies to reinvent their business strategies. This has made the companies to adopt the Enterprise Architecture (EA), forcing a demand for IT service providers to develop the EA community and capabilities. Vijaya Kumar, along with Bala Peddigari (both are TOGAF certified and The Open Group Master Certified IT Architects) have been championing the creation of EA Community of Practice in TCS Hyderabad for the last 9 months. By creating the EA community of practice, IT service providers can deliver the high quality products leveraging the enterprise architecture. The customers can deliver better services to their customers and achieve their goals and vision as the systems will be developed using the EA. With the help of the community, the Architects will get a short term and long term career progression, for example, a junior architect to solution architect to chief architect. This helps the individuals to stay on the architecture path throughout their career.

This case study talks about the strategy and approach designed and implemented for developing the EA community and building capabilities development, focussing on TOGAF and Open CA L2 certifications. The approach includes emphasising the need of EA skills to the management, obtaining the commitment from the branch as well as unit level management by explaining the benefits to the customers and also to the organization. The case study provides the implementation approach, which includes steps as identification of suitable candidates, formation of TOGAF study circles, identification of owners for each study circle, working with the Learning & Development unit for the course structure and plan, conducting the study circle sessions, conducting the formal 5 days TOGAF faculty led training, organizing mock tests, mentoring and motivating the participants for the certification program. The approach also includes a career progression discussions for the certified candidates. This resulted in 29 participants completing the TOGAF 9 certification as on 31 Dec 2014. For the Open CA L2 drive, the approach includes careful selection of candidates, providing orientation sessions, coaching the candidates on package preparation, reviewing the package, conducting mock interviews. In the first batch, three out of the four candidates received the Master Certified IT Architect title from the Open Group and fourth candidate is waiting for the board interview. The second batch coaching has also began. The presentation includes the challenges faced and how we have come across the same. The case study also provides examples of Alchemy Sessions conducted by the EA Community of Practice.


Vijaya Kumar Khaderbad brings 24 years of experiences in the IT industry in software development, architecture, account management, sales & business development and bid management. At present, Vijaya heads the Professional Services Group and is responsible for product implementations. Vijaya has been practicing the architecture profession in projects as well as during the proposal development stage for the last 8 years. Vijaya holds TOGAF 8 certification, Master Certified IT Architect (Open CA Level 2) and  architecture practitioner. He holds the Master of Management Studies degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India.

 

 

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