Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Applied Enterprise Architecture (EA)
Optimizing EA Practices as Part of a Comprehensive Utility Strategy
June 18, 2020 | Online :: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central Time

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Enterprise Architecture (EA) is increasingly being used in businesses across a variety of industry sectors as a key tool to proactively understand, and respond to, emerging trends and disruption impacting all levels of business.  By understanding the social, financial, and technical elements of an organization – and how they relate to each other in their environment – EA provides a holistic tool for businesses to identify and analyze optimal strategies, with a goal of leading to the desired results and a unified business vision. 

This course will deliver an introduction and training on applying Enterprise Architecture (EA), focusing on its relevance and applications within the energy industry and utility business model.  It will provide:

  • An introduction to EA and the business justification for pursuing it
  • Exploration of EA reference models, frameworks and tools
  • An understanding of how to comprehensively design and implement organizational strategies by valuing its people, technologies, and financial activities within a business environment
  • Technical training, analytical tools, and specific strategies for solution architects to define, design, and integrate complex utility systems
  • Tips for developing, utilizing, and maintaining EA as a continuous business practice

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To participate in this E-Learning course, a computer with internet connection and audio capability is required. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss EA definitions, key concepts, and its growing role as an essential business tool
  • Assess how the energy industry can capitalize on EA to proactively respond to business disruption, enhance business performance, optimize processes, and successfully execute strategies with repeatable results
  • Realize the value of EA across all levels of the utility, from executive leadership, to management, to subject matter experts and staff generalist.
  • Review EA analytical tools to identify, analyze, and respond to the dynamics of the existing relationships between business, information, technology, people & processes
  • Evaluate the entire TOGAF process and how to apply it to a utility practice
  • Investigate EA case studies and other applicable utility frameworks to evaluate various EA deployment scenarios
  • Summarize the key points, tips, and resources for successful EA implementation



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEUs for this event.


Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in each day via the course link and be in attendance for the entirety of this one-day course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.


Thursday, June 18, 2020 – Central Time

9:40 – 10:00 a.m. :: Log In & Sign-On to E-Learning

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Enterprise Architecture (EA) Overview

    1. EA definitions, history & key concepts
    2. Overview of EA frameworks, tools & processes
    3. Value, benefits & challenges of implementing EA
    4. Examples of EA utilization in the energy industry

The Growing Role of EA as a Comprehensive Business Tool

    1. Current business landscape & future projections
    2. Understanding the connection between people, technology & business
    3. The EA maturity cycle
    4. Appreciating the value of local context & tailoring

Applied EA using The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF)

    1. Architectural Development Method (ADM) overview
    2. Architecture Context – Preliminary & architecture vision
    3. Architecture Definition – Business, data, application, and technology architecture
    4. Transition Planning – Opportunities/solutions & migration planning
    5. Architecture Governance – Implementation governance & change management

Enterprise Architecture (EA) Case Studies in the Energy & Utility Industry

    1. Aligning TOGAF with other common utility frameworks
    2. Case Study # 1 – Understanding & valuing local context
    3. Case Study # 2 – Incorporating incremental architectural components
    4. Case Study # 3 – Executing within an established EA practice
    5. Case Study # 4 – Initiating an EA practice

Putting It All Together: Tips for EA Success in Your Business

    1. Summarizing key points & concepts
    2. Tips for developing, utilizing, and optimizing EA as a continuous business practice
    3. Relevant EA & utility resources


Neil Placer, Director of Utility Services Consulting, EnerNex

Placer is a TOGAF® certified enterprise architect and has over 20 years of business experience, with the last 15 exclusively focused within the energy sector. Placer brings a cross-cutting industry perspective, having worked for a major electric utility, a leading solar energy technology firm, and the intelligence community. Placer has a comprehensive understanding of the energy sector, from regulatory policy, to enterprise architecture, to deployment of specific grid modernization technology solutions. His overarching focus is to combine his strategic, technical, and communications capabilities to simplify complex challenges into holistic, “no regrets” solutions. Placer has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Kay Stefferud, Director of Implementation Services, EnerNex

Stefferud is a TOGAF® certified enterprise architect with over 35 years of experience in systems engineering, architecture development, and program management. Stefferud has expertise in product development, renewable energy, commercial network devices, software applications, real-time sensors, situational awareness, and energy resilience. She has developed enterprise architectures encompassing the full spectrum of electric utility activities, from systems operations to back office implementation (e.g., ADMS, DERMS, OMS, DMS, CIS/Billing, CIS, EAM). Stefferud has a B.S. in Statistics from the University of California, Riverside and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Online Delivery

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

    • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
    • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
      • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time. 
    • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
    • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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