Ryan D Schmierer

Ryan D Schmierer

Are you new to modeling or just new to using Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect? This one day course is designed for new EA users to teach them the fundamentals on how Sparx Enterprise Architect works and what you can do with it. You will learn how to how to navigate through the user interface, create basic models and customize your workspace based on the type of modeling that you need to perform. This is an introductory course so no previous modeling experience is required!
  • If you’ve done some modeling in Visio in the past and this is your first exposure to a repository based architecture modeling tool, this course is for you.
    This course will move you from drawing diagrams to modeling!  
  • If you’ve used a different architecture modeling tool in the past but now you are moving over to Sparx, this course is what you need! 
  • If you  have ambitions of becoming a better architect, this course is for you!

Introduction to Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

A 6 hour hands-on overview of the most popular modeling tool in the world from the experts at:

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Cost: $500 / person

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Upcoming Public Course Dates

March 27, 2020
April 24, 2020
May 22, 2020
June 26, 2020
July 24, 2020

Topics covered:

Introduction to the Sparx Architecture Platform – an overview of the products that make up the Sparx Architecture Platform including basic setups for individuals, small-groups and enterprise deployments.

Configuring the EA workspace – learn how to arrange your Sparx workspace, customize the application look, set preferences and install MDG technologies (add-ins)

Modeling Basics – understand how models and projects are organized, basic navigation, how to open an existing model, creating new models, and importing existing models.

Elements and Relationships – learn how to create new model elements, re-use existing elements, create relationships and perform traceability analysis.

Diagrams – an overview of how to create some of the most common architecture diagrams, including: Swim lanes, Kanban diagrams, heat-maps, graphs and matrices.

Search and Analyze – learn about the various capabilities Sparx EA provides to search and analyze architecture content both locally and in a shared repository

Publish and Share – learn the basic features of creating Word documents, HTML reports and exported images that can be use to share your architecture content with stakeholders

Register today:


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Up-level your Business Architecture skills and knowledge with this 3-day BIZBOK Foundations course

August 21-23,2018

Delivered virtually during North America business hours
Cost: $1350 USD


BIZBOK Foundation course offered by Sparx Services North America is a virtual public course designed to provide students with an overview of “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge ® (BIZBOK Guide)” as a foundation for becoming a capable business architect and establishing an effective business architecture practice.


  • Business architect
  • Business relationship manager
  • Business analyst
  • Business process designer
  • Enterprise architect
  • Data architect
  • Application architect
  • Technology architect
  • IT manager

The course begins with an overview of what business architecture is and its value proposition. Students will then be provided with an overview of key business architecture blueprints. The course continues with describing common business architecture scenarios. Understanding business architect skills and how that relates to organizational maturity will be discussed. Students will be provided with an in-depth discussion of how business architecture relates to other business management frameworks and how business architecture can guide business transformation via IT delivery. Understanding different types of business architecture content and how it should be governed will also be discussed. The course concludes with in-depth discussion of the key business architecture blueprints, their purpose and benefits and guidance on how to effectively build them.


Understand key concepts of business architecture

  • Understand role of the business architect
  • Discuss approaches to implementing a business architecture capability
  • Understand different scenarios for applying business architecture

Discuss alignment of business architecture

  • Business management frameworks
  • IT architecture

Discuss different kinds of business architecture content

  • How to provide effective governance

Understand key types of business architecture blueprints

  • Purpose and benefits
  • How to build them

Sparx Services North America is an Accredited Training Partner of the Business Architecture Guild.

Register for the course via Eventbrite today at

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Sparx Services North America Named Top 20 Most Promising EA Technology Providers by CIO Review Magazine
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2018 Enterprise Architecture Edition Cover Story

The 2018 Enterprise Architecture Special Edition of CIO Review Magazine hit newsstands this week and we are proud to announce that Sparx Services North America is featured in this year's cover story "Managing the Connective Tissue of Business".

At Sparx Services North America, the thing that gets us excited to come to work every day is the chance to work with talented and passionate professionals in architecture organizations just like yours to give you the skills, tools and experience needed to help you achieve your company's goals.
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Sparx Services North America Named to EA Top 20 Ranking

In addition to the cover story, we are pleased to announce that Sparx Services North America was also named one of the "Top 20 Most Promising Enterprise Architecture Technology Providers - 2018" by CIO Review. 

We are the only provider in the ranking to provide a complete suite of EA Training, Consulting and Tooling based on industry standards and best practices.

Find Out What the Excitement is All About!

Sparx Services North America is your go-to source for:
  • The Tools architects and business analysts need to be effective
    • Sparx Enterprise Architect Platform
    • MDG configurations and add-ins to support industry standards
    • Sparx ModelFlow for importing data from legacy systems and integrating with Operations Platforms
    • Pro Cloud Server and Web EA to share architecture models with the whole company
  • Configuration Assistance to setup the tools to work in your unique environment
  • Skills and Knowledge Training based on industry standards (some include certification)
  • Applied Tools Training on Sparx EA to tech your people how to use the tools in their toolbox
  • Consulting and Mentoring from Experienced Architecture Practitioners to share best practices
  • A Global Community of Sparx EA Users with special User Group events in North America
  • A Local Partner for ongoing support 
There has never been a better time to up-level your architecture capabilities.  Contact one of the experts at Sparx Services North America today to get started by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or giving us a call: +1 (651) 204-9282 


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Monday, 11 December 2017 20:09

NATO Announces New Architecture Standards

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In the past couple of weeks the announcement  went out that the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Board (NATO C3B) recently adopted both the OMG Unified Architecture Framework™ (OMG UAF®) and The Open Group Archimate (TOG Archimate) as approved metamodels for the NATO Architecture Framework, Version 4. The UAF standard is aimed at improving strategic gaps in communications and interoperability of complex systems of systems among coalition partners.

As long-time contributors to both OMG and The Open Group, the folks at Sparx Services North America are excited to see the recent development in the NATO standard and look forward to the role we can play in helping advance the vision of international collaboration to fruition – driven by architecture.

Sparx Services North America is pleased to offer a comprehensive set of architecture tools, training and consulting offerings in support of the OMG and Open Group standards, including:

-        Sparx Enterprise Architect – New and renewal licensing for the industry leading architecture modeling tool used by enterprises and government organizations around the world

-        Skills training on UAF and Archimate (as well as DoDAF and UPDM) along with applied lessons on how to implement these standards using Sparx EA.

-        Migration assistance (tools and consulting) if this is the right time to upgrade your models from legacy architecture tools (like Troux or System Architect) and leverage the latest capabilities from Sparx.

As practicing architects with decades of experience, we understand that in order for an EA practice to be successful, your tools, processes, and people all need to work together harmoniously.  Standards can play a valuable role, but success is all about how you implement them.

To learn more about how Sparx Services North America can help your company leverage the new NATO Architecture Framework version 4.0, visit www.sparxsystems.us or contact one of our architecture experts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Come join the team from Sparx Services North America at the 2nd Annual Twin Cities Business Architecture Summit event next Thursday, December 7th, 2017.  This year's event "Architecting the Future of Business" will include an information packed day of keynote speakers and training seminars providing skills and resources to help you better leverage your architecture capabilites to prepare your business for the future.  

Chris Armstrong from Sparx Services North America will be at the event teaching 2 seminar sessions as part of the summit:

  • Value Stram Mapping Fundamentals
  • Information Mapping Fundamentals

Chris will also be available to answer any questions you may have about how to leverage Sparx EA to support your architecture activities and discuss some of the new training and consulting offerings from Sparx Services North America.

We look forward to seeing you in the Twin Cities next week or at a future event!

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 21:13

Sparx Services North America at BBC 2017

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Come Visit Sparx Services North America at BBC2017 in Orlando, FL November 6-10

For those of you attending the 2017 Building Business Capability Conference in Orlando this week, stop by the boot and learn about the exciting new training, consulting and technology offerings from Sparx Systems North America - specifically targeted at the Business Analyst community. 

Request a demo of the Sparx Business Architecture Toolkit aligned to the BABOK v3 and while you are there, learn about how you can use the industry leading architecture modeling tools in Sparx Enterprise Architect to support your BA processes and practices.

If you are CBAP certified and in need of some additional CDU's, Sparx Services North America can help!  As an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider, we hacan offer a wide variety of courses to help you continue your professional development as a Business Analyst that can be conducted either on-site at your company or virtually.  Talk to one of our staff at BBC to learn more or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!


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Sparx Services North America launches new offerings to support the BIZBOK® Guide for Business Architecture

Sparx Services North America is pleased to announce a new set of training, consulting and technology offerings aligned to the BIZBOK Guide to support the Business Architecture discipline.  Business Architecture is an essential part of companies’ digital transformation and operational excellence strategies - weaving together people, processes, information and technology in support of strategic vision and operational objectives. A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge® (BIZBOK Guide) from the Business Architecture Guild® represents the generally accepted standards of practice for the Business Architecture discipline.

BIZBOK Training Offerings

Whether you are a new or aspiring Business Architect seeking to learn the fundamentals of the role; a seasoned Enterprise, Business, Information or Systems Architect looking to add the BIZBOK methodology to your toolbox; or a company that uses Sparx Enterprise Architect today and are looking to bring best-practices into your architecture function – the BIZBOK training offerings from Sparx Services North America, a Guild Accredited Training Provider®, can help provide the skills you need to succeed.

BIZBOK Foundation: A 3-day course covering the core framework content of the BIZBOK to help students prepare for the Certified Business Architect® exam from the Business Architecture Guild.

Sparx Enterprise Architect BIZBOK: A 2-day course to help students understand how to use Sparx Enterprise Architect (the industry leading EA tool) to support Business Architecture activities as outlined in the BIZBOK.

BIZBOK Essentials: A 5-day course that combines the framework and essential concepts from the BIZBOK Foundation course with the practical application and tooling guidance from the implementation course into an intensive overview to give students the knowledge and skills to apply the BIZBOK in their daily work. 

Business Architecture Alignment and Integration: A 2-day course focused on leveraging the BIZBOK concepts to integrate Business Architecture with existing EA, Business Analysis and Solution Delivery functions.

BIZBOK Consulting Offerings

As active contributors to the Business Architecture Guild, the architects from Sparx Services North America understand how to apply the BIZBOK framework and methods within the context of a company’s EA/BA practice along with best-practices for configuring and using Sparx Enterprise Architect to support the BIZBOK methods.

Coming Soon! BIZBOK Extension for Sparx Enterprise Architect

Sparx Services North America will soon be releasing a new BIZBOK Extension (MDG Technology) for the Sparx Enterprise Architect platform - providing pre-configured objects, data models and templates to enable Business Architects to quickly perform techniques direct from the BIZBOK using the industry leading EA tool, Sparx Enterprise Architect.

To learn more about the BIZBOK offerings from Sparx Services North America, visit www.sparxsystems.us/bizbok or contact one of our BIZBOK experts at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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