Techniques and Deliverables of Application and Solution Architecture

Online Delivery
Daily live sessions with lecturer from 9:00am - 5:30pm SAST / 7:00am - 3:30pm UTC via Zoom.
Access to course content and session recordings via Ruzuku learning management platform.
Next Course: 2024 (Dates TBC)

Audience and Benefits

The course is designed for application architects, solution architects, application portfolio managers, senior systems analysts, enterprise architects and integration architects who are, or who will become, actively involved in specifying, modeling, analysing and integrating application systems used in businesses. Typical candidates also include senior business analysts and security and privacy specialists responsible for application related aspects. Those concerned with public applications (e.g. the websites, portals, web services, mobile apps and applications) exposed outside your traditional user base will also benefit.

It is a skills course rather than a methodology course, designed to expose participants to leading techniques and ways of presenting models and results of analyses. It draws on our 25+ years experience in business and academia as well as industry best practice to deliver a valuable set of tools to equip application architects.

Understand the key aspects of creating well structured and maintainable applications which will have a long and productive life

Get to grips with many new options in application design including web, mobile, cloud, APIs, containers, serverless, open source and more

Understand the data storage options available beyond relational database, including document, NOSQL and semantic stores

Understand the context, challenges, opportunities, risks and strategic options of an enterprise’s use of technology and applications

Choose between integration strategies at the individual application, enterprise landscape and ecosystem level

Understand how to use powerful techniques to analyse and optimise your application portfolio, eliminate redundancy and fill gaps in capabilities

Learn how to fashion a coherent architecture and plan to realise your organisation’s vision with respect to application support for business and processes

Moving from the conceptual level, through logical applications and down to physical applications and components, the course covers the levels of application modeling and management required to fully understand applications at an enterprise level. It also discusses existing and emerging technologies to help the organization leverage application investment to strategic advantage, from high volume transaction processing, to decision support, from secure private data to distributed mobile applications. It further provides an introduction to the emerging fields of SaaS and cloud based applications. 

There are now quite a few courses addressing Enterprise Architecture from a methodology point of view (e.g. Open Group TOGAF or Zachman). There are also courses that address specific vendor applications such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, etc. The former lack detail on how to model applications architectures, how to analyse the resulting models and strategies to achieve better solutions, integration and quality. The latter are too specific and do not address the broader issues of interfaces, interoperation and integration. 

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Why Inspired?

Delegates will benefit from the expertise of the course leader and his team at Inspired. The course will be led by Graham McLeod, Owner and Chief Architect of Inspired.org. Graham has worked in industry for 40 years and academia for 12 (in parallel). He has experienced first hand the difficulties of really doing thorough analysis under pressure in many industries globally, including banking, assurance, healthcare, telecoms, education, administration, retail, services and others. He has taught strategy, business and enterprise architecture and other techniques at leading universities and international conferences. He has led the development of unique techniques, models and tools at Inspired for over two decades. He is uniquely qualified to share experience and techniques that you can rapidly apply. He is passionate about his subject and a great teacher. We may also have expert guest lecturers on selected topics. These are carefully chosen to ensure high levels of expertise and stimulating delivery.

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Unique content shared will include:

  • Application Architecture and Portfolio Management meta model

  • Composite applications using components, APIs, services and multiple technologies

  • New technology impact: Internet of Things (IOT), Mobile and Wearables, Cloud and Virtual, Big Data, Semantic Technologies

  • Digital Disruption and the role of applications

  • Maturity and Industry Reference Models

  • Requirements definition

  • Use of patterns

  • Interface and integration options

  • Technology choice criteria




Marc Cordiglia

Solution Architect

The Techniques and Deliverables of Application and Solution Architecture course offered by Inspired is well put together.

Graham covers a broad range of concepts that one needs to consider when designing a solution.  He covers the topics with ease drawing from his wealth of experience.   

It is a very practical course in terms of having to work in a team working on a case study to generate different artefacts that helps solidify the knowledge gained.

I found the course good value for money and recommend it to those aspiring to become an application or solution architect.

“Thank you for a great week— feel like I extended my brain and excited to implement it in our organisation.” - NA
“Great. Graham’s knowledge is extensive. Examples and explanations were so good.” - JC
“Lots of great content! Lots of great examples.” - FM
“Great insight into the overall solution architecture, how all technologies fit.” - MM
“Lecturer is knowledgeable about IT and has vast experience.” - TN

Typical Coverage

Examples and selected short videos stimulate delegates to think beyond the norm and out of the box. We will tap delegates into sources of information for ongoing enrichment as well. Case study work in small teams allows delegates to perform analysis and devise architectures and strategies. Teams compete and learn from each other before experiencing another facet of the challenge. The course stresses holistic consideration and the interplay of many facets that affect the outcome of architecture decisions.

Course content includes (subject to change) detailed coverage of application architecture, including:

  • Logical Applications

  • Interfaces and Services

  • Logical and Physical Components

  • Archimate™ depiction of applications and related concepts

  • Reference Frameworks

  • Portfolio management

  • Linking applications to business processes, information and technology architectures

  • Application Security and Privacy

  • Usability Considerations

  • Application Integration Technologies and Strategies

  • Important Solution Architecture Patterns

  • Web applications and web services

  • Mobile and Cloud Applications

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Provided Materials

Delegates will be provided with high quality notes and links to media and references to pursue further investigation.


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To support learning, we use the Ruzuku course delivery platform. This allows us to provide course overviews, online enrolment and payment, online course structure and progress tracking, forums for student collaboration, recorded session videos and support materials such as white papers, readings, example models and video clips. 


We make use of Zoom for live lectures with rich student interaction via video, audio, screen sharing, break-away rooms and chat facilities. Students will need a PC / Mac / high end tablet and a reliable Internet connection to participate. 

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We will share examples in our enterprise level enterprise modelling and knowledge management platform: Enterprise Value Architect (EVA) to demonstrate what an integrated tooling environment can achieve. Of course, techniques can also be supported by other competent toolsets. 



Being based in a developing economy region (South Africa) we are acutely aware of the difficulty of paying for world class tuition in devalued currency. Accordingly we have two tier pricing for the course:

Location Cost (before taxes)
Developing Markets ZAR 21 000 / USD 1 430
Developed Markets USD 2 150

If you are unsure of your current economy’s status, please refer to the full country lists.

Both of these provide exceptional value when you consider the career development and improved strategic decisions that result.

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