Enterprise Architecture Firm of the Year 2019

We are delighted to announce that, for the third year running, EAS has won top place in Corporate Live Wires’ Innovation & Excellence Awards.  For the second year running we have been named as Enterprise Architecture Firm of the Year based on Essential and our consulting expertise.  These follow on from receiving the award for Innovation in Enterprise Architecture in 2017.

The Innovation & Excellence Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts following nominations from the wider community.  The Essential Project is available as Essential Cloud, Essential Cloud for Docker and Essential Open Source, providing options for organisations of all shapes and sizes from Global Corporates through NGOs, Governments and Universities.  Essential is a sophisticated Enterprise Architecture Management tool, a leader in its class at a sensible price!  The tool enables IT to be a real business partner by giving EAs and CxOs the information they need to Reduce Cost, Increase Efficiency, Reduce Risk and Deliver Strategy through beautiful, interactive visualisations covering road mapping, what-if analysis and decision support.

We continue to develop Essential to support our customers and our community, who are very happy with Essential:

“Essential is a great tool to model enterprise architecture. It offers flexibility and amazing visualisation of EA.”

“We can see our suggestions influencing the product roadmap”

“Overall, we have been very happy with the solution and would recommended it”

“Vendor has been a pleasure to work with, very engaged with our objectives and how to exploit the product to achieve them”

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Enterprise Architecture Firm of the Year 2018

We are delighted to announce that, for the second year running, EAS has won top place in Corporate Live Wires’ Innovation & Excellence Awards.  Following on from receiving the award for Innovation in Enterprise Architecture 2017, this year we have been named as Enterprise Architecture Firm of the Year 2018 based on Essential and our consulting work around it.

The Innovation & Excellence Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts following nominations from the wider community.  The Essential Project, the world’s most popular open-source EA Tool, is now available as SaaS through Essential Cloud.  EAS, Essential’s founders, are all practising architects and we continue to extend and improve Essential by listening to our clients and our community and reacting to their needs.  We were first to exploit the connection between the information required for EA and GDPR and launch a GDPR support pack, bringing massive benefits to both the Compliance and EA Teams within an organisation.

We are continuing to develop Essential to support our customers and our community; look out for our innovative data capture and maintenance solution which will ease the burden of data management and revolutionise EA!

Essential Affiliate Training Course

EAS, sponsors of the Essential project, recently held its first Essential training course for people looking to become affiliates of EAS, specialising in Essential. The delegates were from a wide range of geographical locations and so web based training seemed like the obvious format, to allow everyone to attend without incurring prohibitive travel and accommodation fees. There was some concern over the format as, although we’ve completed many different class room based courses and webinars over the years, we have not been involved in a full five day web based training course, either as presenters or delegates. We decided to split the five day course over a three week period as we had a gut feeling that five days of online training on the trot could prove difficult in terms of concentration and focus. I’m pleased to say that this format worked well and that the course was a resounding success!

Delegates commented that the web based format did not actually seem very different to being in a classroom. The sound was clear and the screen sharing not only allowed delegates to see the presenters screen for slides and demo’s, but also allowed them to share their own screen when completing exercises, if there were things they wanted to discuss or point out. They also found that it was just as easy to ask questions or have a discussion during the web training as it is in a classroom. As a trainer it did at times feel a bit odd – rather like you are talking to yourself! However, the course is designed to be interactive, with discussion points and exercises, so there wasn’t much time of just trainer talk, which is crucial in any training environment, but especially over the web!

The course covered all layers of the architecture and meta model, with the focus being on understanding the details of the meta model, our interpretation of EA and how we use Essential to support that. There is a lot of material and concepts to cover in a relatively short time, and so the delegates were pushed quite hard. They found that the split of the course over three weeks not only helped with their geographic location and availability, but it also proved extremely useful as it gave the time to fully digest the materials and contextualise the content to their own individual situations before moving on.

The feedback was very positive, both in terms of the quality of the training and also relating to the attendees views of Essential. The affiliates (as they are now) found that the course brought Essential to life and they were very impressed with its capabilities, particularly in the new information layer – which will be released shortly.

We are now advertising for our next Affiliate training course, which should take place in June/July and will again be web based. If you are interested we’d love to hear from you.

Of course training is not just for affiliates. If you are an organisation that has been using Essential, or if you’re new to it, you might find that a little training goes a long way in helping you and your team get up to speed with Essential and push your architecture efforts forward at a faster pace. If you are interested in receiving information on Essential training, please complete the Training Enquiry form.

Essential Trade Mark Applications Successful

Some time ago we applied to Trade Mark the Essential name and logo in both the UK and the EU.  It is a fairly long, but not very torturous, road and we are now delighted to announce that both applications were successful and Essential is now registered under a UK and a European Community Trade Mark.

This simply protects us from anyone else using the Essential name and logo to promote their own services. For example, a company could not offer training or consultancy in Essential Architecture Manager, using the Essential name and logo, without our agreement and permission.

We felt that, although we are naturally proud of our open source credentials and actively want to encourage people to download, use and customise Essential, we also want to be able to protect our brand and ensure that quality of any training or consulting services from 3rd parties is kept at a high standard.

To this end, we will shortly be introducing our accreditation process. Having demonstrated that they have the ability to ensure the required quality when delivering services such as consulting and training, accredited individuals or organisations will be able to quote the Essential name and brand. We will be publishing a list of accredited organisations on our website very soon.