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Event-Driven Architecture
Date: October 17, 2023

An event-driven architecture (EDA) uses events to communicate and coordinate between decoupled services. Applications built using event-driven principles can be highly scalable, resilient, and extensible – essential qualities for large modern applications. These architectures also align with and take advantage of the capabilities of modern cloud providers.

EDA is an evolution of architecture, from tiered to SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) to microservices and now to event-driven. They all have their place, and EDA offers greater reliability, extensibility, and robustness – at the cost of additional complexity that needs to be understood and managed.

In this 1-hour webinar, Brad Brown discusses the what, why, and how of event-driven architectures.

Attendees learn:

  • What makes an architecture “event-driven”
  • Why event-driven architectures are important and the problems they solve
  • How they work
  • What the complexities and challenges of event-driven architectures are
  • How to make good choices when deciding on your next architecture

Audience: Solution architects, software engineers, designers, and developers would all benefit from this webinar.

Prerequisites: No prior experience is needed.

Duration: 60 minutes

Cost: Free!

About the Presenter: Brad Brown is an independent consultant, focusing on IT strategy, enterprise architecture, and solution architecture. Brad makes technology understandable and actionable to his clients and students, so they can deliver the right solution for the problem at hand.

Brad has a big-picture point of view from over 25 years in the industry in leadership roles from multinationals to start-ups, and in IT areas from software development, large-scale applications design and deployment, data management, architecture, and technical operations. With breadth across all of IT and depth in key areas, he helps clients find, build, and earn value from great solutions.

Leveraging Architecture for more predictable – and more Agile – development
Date: January 21, 2022

Agile and Architecture may be seen as having conflicting objectives – the former is adaptable and open to change, the latter is rigid and constrains solutions. When Architecture and Agile are treated as separate independent phases, it’s often true, but leveraging both together changes the game. At the intersection of the two, having the right practices can drive more predictable and *more* agile development.

This webinar explores that intersection between Architecture and Agile. We identify those key aspects of Architecture and key aspects of Agile that are essential to success, and start to break down some of the myths that can stand between architects and agilists. By the end of the webinar, you’ll have an appreciation for the potential for Agile and Architecture to support and compliment each other rather than being in conflict.

Do stakeholders understand you? Three fatal signs it’s time to add ArchiMate to your toolbox
Date: October 29, 2021

Successful architects communicate well. We help stakeholders with different backgrounds understand what they need to know about complex systems. If we don’t communicate our architectures effectively, critical business and technology decisions may be swayed by misunderstanding.

Many of the notations used for documenting and communicating architectural ideas are highly specialized – very good, and describing a narrow aspect of the overall architecture. This specialization can lead to challenges in communicating and understanding. The ArchiMate notation, an Open Group standard widely used and supported by tools, provides an alternative. ArchiMate is a notation for describing architectural ideas that encompasses multiple concerns, from business to application and technology. It lets us describe architectures without getting trapped in an over-specialized notation. ArchiMate does not replace the notations we’re used to – it adds to them.

In this webinar, we’ll highlight some of the signs that you could benefit from ArchiMate. We’ll show through examples, how ArchiMate can augment the notations you’re already using. By the end of the webinar, you’ll know the basics of ArchiMate, and where it should fit in your toolbox.

Architecture isn’t just for buildings – systems can be beautiful too
Date: June 24, 2020

We don’t construct buildings any way we feel like – architecture guides design, so buildings are functional, long-lasting, and pleasing.

Businesses and the software that supports businesses have architecture too, though you may not see it. Like a building, a well-architected business, and well-architected software, just works. They last. And they are pleasures to work for or use.

This one-hour webinar is about architecture – what’s it about, how it affects us, and how paying attention to architecture makes businesses more competitive, and better able to harness the forces of change.

We’ll talk about enterprise and solution architecture, how they shape companies and systems, and how they complement each other. We’ll also discuss where architecture blends with design, and how they are different. And we’ll show what it means to architect a “good” solution.

What’s New in ITIL® 4?
Date: June 18, 2020

ITIL® (IT Infrastructure Library) is the industry best practice for IT Service Management. It has been in place since the mid-80’s to provide guidance to IT organizations on how to manage IT services throughout their lifecycle to continually deliver value to clients.
With the release of ITIL® 4, the global service management best practice has evolved to incorporate all the best practices from previous versions, and has expanded on this body of knowledge by providing a practical and flexible approach to support organizations on their journey to the new world of digital transformation.
This latest version of ITIL® provides an end-to-end operating model for the delivery and operation of tech-enabled products and services and enables IT teams to continue to play a crucial role in wider business strategy. This revision also integrates concepts from other industry best practices such as Lean, Agile and DevOps.

Audience: Of interest to anyone in IT or Business who wants a high-level introduction to the new ITIL® 4 best practice, as well as people who already have ITIL® knowledge and want to understand what’s changed with this new release.

• The challenges of today’s current IT reality
• What is the ITIL® best practice
• The history of ITIL® and why this best practice needed to change
• How IT Service Management applies in our modern world
• Indicators of mature service organizations, from both IT and business perspectives
• How ITIL® 4 complements other popular IT best practices, such as Lean, DevOps and Agile
• The key elements of ITIL® 4, including:
o The Service Value System
o The Service Value Chain
o The 4 Dimensions of Service Management
o The Guiding Principles
o The Management Practices
• Main differences between ITIL® v3/2011 and ITIL® 4
• The new ITIL® 4 certifications and how best to transition to the new version

RESTful Architecture
Date: March 28, 2019

A look at the architectural underpinnings of RESTful services and how to deploy them in the wild.

Designing and Implementing Microservices
Date: February 14, 2019

In this webinar you will learn about the common design patterns used in Microservices Architecture as well as the pros and cons of using microservices instead of monolithic applications. More specifically, we will discuss these points:
• What is In Scope for a Robust Microservices Design?
• Scoping Your Microservice via the Bounded Context
• Scoping Your Solution’s Microservices Architecture
• Cross Cutting Concerns
• The Facade Pattern
• Naked Objects Pattern
• Dealing with the State
• How Can I Maintain State?
• Micro Front-ends (a.k.a. MicroUI)
• Design for Failure
• Embedding Databases

Challenges facing today’s Modern Architects
Date: December 12, 2018

Today’s architect has to navigate many technologies, this webinar will start the conversation surrounding these new technologies such as Agile, Cloud, Integration Patterns, Microservices, Containers and REST. Join us as we explore these challenges that the Modern Architect has to adapt to and be aware of today.

Introduction to Microservices Architecture
Date: November 1, 2018

In this webinar we will talk about what Microservices can do for your business. You will learn about the common design patterns used in Microservices Architecture as well as the pros and cons of using Microservices instead of monolithic applications.

TOGAF® Version 9.2
Date: July 12, 2018

The latest updated TOGAF® Version 9.2 has been released to market in April 2018. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce audience to the latest changes to the TOGAF® 9 standard.The changes introduced in the TOGAF Standard Ver 9.2, are associated with:
1. The latest updates to some of the concepts of the TOGAF® Standard Ver 9.2
2. The TOGA® Credentials program, and
3. Prepare candidate for the TOGAF® Essentials 2018 assessment.TOGAF® Version 9.2 features changes, and enhancements to key capabilities of the framework. TOGAF® Version 9.2 includes new materials that show in detail the “TOGAF® Ecosystem”.

Individuals attending this session will achieve a high level understanding of changes and enhancements associated with:
1. The Structure of the TOGAF® Standard, Version 9.2
1.1. TOGAF® ecosystem
1.2. TOGAF® library
1.3. TOGAF® guidelines
2. Business Architecture
3. The ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010:2011 standard
4. The TOGAF® Content Framework and Metamodel
5. Security Architecture
6. Other Significant Changes
7. Definitions of Terms
8. The TOGAF® Credentials Program
9. Course Conclusion

The target group for this webinar is:
• Individuals who require a solid understanding of “The Open Group Architecture Framework” (TOGAF), associated phases and processes and how it may be used to enhance the quality of IT service management within an organization.
• Executive and Senior Management
• Enterprise Architecture Program Owner and Managers
• Individuals who require a basic understanding of TOGAF® 9
• Professionals who are working in roles associated with an architecture project such as those responsible for planning, execution, development, delivery, and operation
• Architects who are looking for a first introduction to TOGAF® 9

Behavior Driven Development (BDD) Overview
Date: October 20, 2017

• Background and overview of BDD
• Introduction to common BDD tools: RSpec, Cucumber, Webrat, Selenium
• Understanding the behavior driven development cycle
• Robust testing techniques using Rspec and Cucumber

Blockchain for Leaders
Date: September 20, 2017

In this 60 minute live session Web Age will explore the best way to examine Blockchain including its value, risks and future to service the enterprise and create new opportunities for top line growth. Everything you wanted to ask or know is on the table don’t miss it.

Architecture Anti-Patterns
Date: March 17, 2016

As architects, we are familiar with patterns, “proven was to succeed”. We use these when laying out our components as a means to ensure the success of our structures. We are also familiar with anti-patterns, “proven ways to fail”. The question is, are we taking advantage of anti-patterns? Anti-patterns are very important to the architecture governance process to mitigate risks and provide robustness. In this webinar, we take a look at anti-patterns and discuss how architects can use them to manage the implementation and use of their solutions.

TOGAF® Level 2 Exam Questions – Tackling Those Effectively! 2015
Date: October 29, 2015

In this webinar we will discuss the strategies to tackle TOGAF® 9 LEVEL 2 EXAM Questions effectively.

Enterprise Integration Patterns and Solutions for Architects
Date: September 25, 2015

Application Integration plays a crucial role in the Enterprise and a great deal of integration problems enterprise architects and designers are faced with are surprisingly similar. Those recurring problems can be solved by using integration patterns and solutions that encapsulate design expertise accumulated in the IT industry over years. In this webinar, we will review some of the popular enterprise integration patterns and solutions as well as some of the more recent solutions that are gaining popularity in the IT community.

Reference Architecture
Date: May 14, 2015

An Overview
– What is a Reference Architecture
– Definition and purpose
– Examples
A Closer Look
– Core elements of a reference architecture
– Benefits
– Uses

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