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Homework answers / question archive / IFSM 311 Enterprise Architecture Enables Processes Paper – Individual Assignment Purpose of this Assignment This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply your critical thinking skills and understanding of the course concepts to explain how the enterprise architecture (EA) and/or the EA program supports the other IT management processes of an organization

IFSM 311 Enterprise Architecture Enables Processes Paper – Individual Assignment Purpose of this Assignment This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply your critical thinking skills and understanding of the course concepts to explain how the enterprise architecture (EA) and/or the EA program supports the other IT management processes of an organization

Computer Science

IFSM 311

Enterprise Architecture Enables Processes Paper – Individual Assignment

Purpose of this Assignment

This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply your critical thinking skills and understanding of the course concepts to explain how the enterprise architecture (EA) and/or the EA program supports the other IT management processes of an organization. This assignment specifically addresses the following course outcomes:

  • describe enterprise architecture (EA), the appropriate application of EA frameworks, and an overall ongoing EA program
  • analyze and examine how enterprise architecture and enterprise systems influence, support, and enable an organization's ability to contribute to strategic decision making and to respond and adapt to the business environment
  • apply EA concepts to support business requirements and identify opportunities for enterprise solutions

Assignment

As you have learned throughout the course, EAs can be used to support a wide variety of information technology management processes, and an EA program strengthens IT management activities. While there are many different flavors of development approaches such as Waterfall, Agile (to name a few), and this assignment will focus on the System Development Life Cycle that is largely associated with a more traditional development approach. Even with an Agile or Agile-like approach, there is still considerable thought and attention paid to the foundational system and software engineering processes that take place during the development life cycle. For purposes of this assignment, let’s focus on the different phases listed below to provide insight into how EA can influence each of these activities.

A well-defined and implemented EA contributes significantly to each of the phases of the SDLC.  For this assignment you will write a 3-5 page paper (not counting any cover sheet or reference pages) that explains briefly what enterprise architecture (EA) is and then how it supplements and enables each of the phases of the SDLC:

  • Initiation/planning/concept phase
  • Systems Analysis and Requirements phase   - for this phase, please consider quality or non-functional requirements or the “ilities” (security, maintainability, etc.)
  • System Design phase
  • Development phase
  • Integration and Test phase
  • Implementation phase
  • Operations and Maintenance phase 

Please refer to the Basic IT SDLC link provided in your content area for Week 8 for useful information on each phase.

You should explain how EA enables each phase, how it fits into each phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities a well-defined EA contributes that might not otherwise be available to the organization.  Very important!

Please do not just cite the various stages without ensuring that you emphasize how EA helps to enable each phase.

The use of at least two external scholarly resources (other than class materials) is required. (NOTE:  More than two external resources are required to receive all possible points; see Grading Rubric below.) You should use scholarly journals (rather than Wikipedia and author-less website postings). If you need assistance with determining what a scholarly journal is, the UMUC library is a very good source of information, accessed via the following link: http://www.umuc.edu/library/libhow/articles.cfm. Remember to correctly cite and reference all sources using APA format.

Submit your paper in Word format via your Assignments Folder as an attached document with your last name included in the filename.

Grading Rubric

Use the rubric below to be sure you have covered all aspects of the assignment.

 

 

Criteria

 

90-100%

Far Above Standards

 

80-89%

Above Standards

 

70-79%

Meets Standards

 

60-69%

Below Standards

 

< 60%

Well Below Standards

 

Possible Points

Intro-duction

5 Points

 

A sophisticated introduction sets the stage for the paper.

4 Points

 

A well-written introduction sets the stage for the paper.

3.5 Points

 

The introduction adequately sets the stage for the paper.

3 Points

 

The introduction does not adequately set the stage for the paper.

0-2 Points

 

No introduction included.

5

Explana-tion of Enterprise Architec-ture

13-15 Points

 

Explanation is brief but clear; is complete enough to set the stage for the paper; and demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of course concepts.

12 Points

 

Explanation is brief but clear; is complete enough to set the stage for the paper; and demonstrates a good understanding of course concepts.

10-11 Points

 

Explanation is adequately clear and sufficiently complete to set the stage for the paper, and demonstrates an adequate understanding of course concepts.

9 Points

 

Explanation may be only somewhat clear or complete; may or may not demonstrate an adequate understanding of course concepts.

0-8 Points

 

Explanation is not included or little effort is demonstrated.

15

EA Support to SDLC Phases:

The explanation of how EA enables each of the SDLC phases below, how it fits into the phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities EA contributes to each is thorough, clearly explained, uses sophisticated writing, and correctly relates EA to the phases; demonstrates a sophisticated level of understanding of course concepts, analysis, critical thinking, and synthesis.

The explanation of how EA enables each of the SDLC phases below, how it fits into the phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities EA contributes to each is complete, clearly explained, and correctly relates EA to the phases; demonstrates a high level of understanding of course concepts, analysis, critical thinking, and synthesis.

The explanation of how EA enables each of the SDLC phases below, and how it fits into the phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities EA contributes to each is presented, and correctly relates EA to the phases; demonstrates an adequate understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.

The explanation of how EA enables each of the SDLC phases below, and how it fits into the phase, and what unique qualities or capabilities EA contributes to each may be partially complete, may be only somewhat clearly explained and/or may only somewhat correctly relate EA to the phases; and/or may not demonstrate an adequate understanding of course concepts, analysis, and critical thinking.

Explanation of how EA enables the SDLC phases is missing or shows little effort.

(see below)

Initiation/ Planning/

Concept phase

9-10 Points

8 Points

7 Points

6 Points

0-5 Points

10

Require-ments analysis phase

9-10 Points

8 Points

7 Points

6 Points

0-5 Points

10

Design phase

9-10 Points

8 Points

7 Points

6 Points

0-5 Points

10

Develop-ment phase

9-10 Points

8 Points

7 Points

6 Points

0-5 Points

10

Integration and testing phase

9-10 Points

8 Points

7 Points

6 Points

0-5 Points

10

Implemen-tation/ Deployment/ Support/ Mainten-ance phase

9-10 Points

8 Points

7 Points

6 Points

0-5 Points

10

External Research

9-10 Points

 

More than two scholarly sources other than the class resources are incorporated and used effectively, contextualized, appropriately researched and supported, and synthesized with original arguments. Sources used are credible, relevant, and timely.  Proper APA style is used for citations and references.

8 Points

 

More than two scholarly sources other than the class resources are incorporated and used effectively, appropriately researched and supported, and support original arguments. Sources used are credible, relevant, and timely.  Proper APA style is used for citations and references.

7 Points

 

Two scholarly sources other than the class resources are properly incorporated and used.  Uses APA format for references and citations.

6 Points

 

Two or fewer sources other than the class resources may be used; may not be scholarly sources; may not be properly incorporated or used to support arguments; may rely too heavily on the reporting of external sources, and/or are not effective or appropriate; and/or are not credible, relevant, or timely. May not use APA format.

0-5 Points

 

No external research is incorporated or reference listed is not cited within text.

10

Format

9-10 Points

Paper reflects effective organization and sophisticated writing; follows instructions provided; is written in third person; uses correct structure, grammar, and spelling; double- spaced and presented in a professional format using Word.

8 Points

Paper reflects effective organization; follows instructions provided; is written in third person; has few errors in sentence structure, grammar, and spelling; double-spaced, and presented in a professional format.

7 Points

Paper has some organization; may have some errors in sentence structure, grammar and spelling. Is double spaced and written in third person.

6 Points

Paper is not well organized, and/or contains several grammar and/or spelling errors; and/or is not double-spaced and written in third person.

0-5 Points

 

Paper is extremely poorly written, has many grammar and/or spelling errors, or does not convey the information.

10

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL Points Possible

100

 

 

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