Enterprise Architecture & IT Management

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Maximise business performance by aligning IT with business processes, strategies and missions.

In today’s digital economy, Information Technology (IT) is a vital part of any successful business strategy. Businesses are continuously looking for ways to effectively implement and innovate IT systems in order to achieve business objectives, especially since business processes are becoming increasingly complex. So, what does it take to perfectly align IT systems with these processes? And how can you design such innovative IT architectures, while taking into account requirements regarding performance, system integration and security? The specialisation in Enterprise Architecture & IT Management focuses on the overall management and design of business and IT solutions within organisations.

What to expect?

In this specialisation, you will get familiar with business processes, strategies and missions and explore how they can be effectively supported by IT. Whether you are dealing with the implementation of new IT systems within a company, the integration of multiple IT architectures after a merger or the alignment of IT across supply chains, you will analyse and solve complex problems using business information systems. With your understanding of state-of-the-art theories and modelling languages, you will learn to design enterprise architectures and steer change processes.

Examples of courses you can follow during this specialisation:
  • In the course Architecture of Information Systems, you will learn all about advanced modelling languages and architectural patterns needed to design enterprise information systems.
  • How do you make sure there’s a good fit between a new IT system and the business, including the people that need to interact with it? The course Implementation of IT in organisations will teach you all about the adoption of new IT systems within organisations.
  • What business models and technologies lie behind successful business such as Amazon, E-bay or Bol.com? The course Electronic Commerce will familiarise you with the world of e-business.

Moreover, you will learn how to build business strategies using IT and develop management and decision-making skills. You can pinpoint exactly when to switch to a new IT system, the requirements that such a system must meet, which server(s) to use, the number of software engineers that are needed or the training that employees need to be able to adequately use a system. Additionally, you will gain expertise in how IT enables businesses to serve customers online and get insights into the governance of enterprise security. Throughout the programme, you will combine in-depth scientific insights with a hands-on approach to business cases presented by interesting companies.

What will you learn?

As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge and skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have insights in business innovation, including the interaction between IT innovations and innovations in business processes and organisations;
    • understand the impact of the business strategies on both the effectiveness and the efficiency of IT;
    • understand the fundamentals of digitally securing an organisation, and know how to apply the standards, frameworks and risk assessment techniques for managing and developing enterprise information security strategies and concerns.
  • Skills

    After successfully finishing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • can apply the conceptual framework of Enterprise Architecture to improve business-IT alignment and use IT in projects in organisations to improve business performance;
    • are able to design IT systems to effectively support business processes, strategy and mission;
    • can apply the design cycle to complex IT and business problems.
  • Values

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have an investigative and reflective attitude and are capable of discussing and analysing ethical, social, cultural and societal aspects of problems, solutions and developments and their consequences in your field and for society;
    • know the value of different disciplines and multi-disciplinary collaboration;
    • know the importance of learning and are equipped to identify challenges, to acquire knowledge and insights and to take initiative and responsibility in your learning process as a professional.

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