(d-6355) Cisco Certified Architect Exam Topics

    Cisco Certified Architect Exam Topics (blueprint)


    The following topics will be assessed during the exam process.

     

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    Exam Sections and Sub-task Objectives
    1.Gather, clarify, and analyze requirements
    a. Gather, clarify, and analyze business requirements
    i.Recognize critical requirements (stated and implied)
    ii.Recognize noncritical requirements (stated and implied)
    iii.Identify and gather missing information
    iv.Identify and clarify ambiguous information
    v.Identify and resolve conflicting information and requirements
    vi.Demonstrate knowledge of the business
    vii.Decompose requirements and problems into component parts
    viii.Recognize and/or clarify CAPEX parameters (e.g., equipment costs, capital software costs, capital facility expenditures)
    ix.Recognize and/or clarify OPEX parameters (e.g., software tooling changes, leases, retraining, staffing, support contracts, utilities, licensing and hosting)
    x.Recognize, challenge, and resolve unrealistic requirements (e.g., common-case vs. worst-case scenario)
    b. Gather, clarify, and analyze technical requirements
    i.Recognize critical requirements (stated and implied)
    ii.Recognize noncritical requirements (stated and implied)
    iii.Identify and gather missing information
    iv.Identify and clarify ambiguous information
    v.Identify and resolve conflicting information and requirements
    vi.Leverage existing network documentation to gain understanding of the current network and how it supports the business
    vii.Decompose requirements and problems into component parts
    viii.Recognize, challenge, and resolve unrealistic requirements (e.g., common-case vs. worst-case scenario)
    c. Align business and technical goals and direction
    i.Map technical solution to business impact
    ii.Map business needs and requirements to technology
    iii.Recognize the relationship between technical and business requirements
    iv.Map business continuity requirements to the network architecture
    v.Establish a vision and strategy for the network with clarity and completeness
    vi.Analyze and estimate various impacts on the network from a change in business structure or process
    vii.Analyze and estimate the SLAs required by the business and evaluate the impact of outages
    viii.Recognize, challenge, and resolve unrealistic requirements (e.g., common-case vs. worst-case scenario)
    d. Perform cursory rough estimations for new or changing requirements and/or informal what-ifs and requests
    i.Recognize the impact on the existing network and how it currently supports the business
    ii.Estimate the general implementation cost and time frame
    iii.Estimate project feasibility and practicality (including assumptions of parameters and constraints that impact the two)
    iv.Provide an opinion of how the request does or does not align with network and business goals (both current and future)
    v.Recognize and/or clarify CAPEX parameters (e.g., equipment costs, capital software costs, capital facility expenditures)
    vi.Recognize and/or clarify OPEX parameters (e.g., software tooling changes, leases, retraining, staffing, support contracts, utilities, licensing and hosting)
    2.Develop a functional specification for the network
    a. Devise a solution
    i.The complexity of the network is appropriate for the business requirements
    ii.The survivability of the network is appropriate for the business requirements
    iii.The scalability of the network is appropriate for the business requirements
    iv.The manageability of the network is appropriate for the business requirements
    v.The security of the network is appropriate for the business requirements
    vi.The performance of the network is appropriate for the business requirements
    vii.The cost of the network is appropriate for the business requirements
    b. Perform risk analysis
    i.Technologies
    ii.Security
    iii.Legal
    iv.Dependencies (e.g., outsourcing to third parties, training, tools, provisioning)
    3.Create a road map
    a.Create a migration and transition strategy
    i.Account for long-term requirements
    ii.Perform and account for risk analysis
    iii.Minimize the negative impact on existing services
    iv.Identify parties responsible for design, implementation, and operation tasks
    v.Strive for ease of implementation
    4.Convey decisions and rationale (written and verbal)
    a. Communicate to a business audience
    i.Articulate business problems, requirements, and constraints
    ii.Articulate technical problems, requirements, interdependencies, and constraints
    iii.Communicate the business strategy and direction
    iv.Communicate the risks and benefits
    v.Communicate with specificity rather than generality (e.g., “does not scale because…” rather than simply “does not scale”)
    vi.Communicate the rationale for decisions clearly and confidently
    vii.Accept, think about, and respond to changing requirements, criticisms, questions, and challenges in a timely and positive (not arrogant or defensive) manner
    viii.Influence others
    b. Communicate to a technical audience
    i.Articulate business problems, requirements, and constraints
    ii.Articulate technical problems, requirements, interdependencies, and constraints
    iii.Communicate business strategy and direction
    iv.Communicate risks and benefits
    v.Communicate with specificity rather than generality (e.g., “does not scale because…” rather than simply “does not scale”)
    vi.Communicate the rationale for decisions clearly and confidently
    vii.Accept,think about,and respond to changing requirements, criticisms, questions, and challenges in a timely and positive (not defensive) manner
    viii.Influence others
    5.Demonstrate technical expertise
    a. Technical expertise
    i.Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of a wide array of network technologies (e.g., Layer 3 routing, tunneling, security, network management)
    ii.Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of places in the network (e.g., data center, WAN, campus)
    iii.Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of a wide array of applications on the network (e.g., voice, video)
    iv.Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of interactions between components and technologies
    v.Demonstrate knowledge of current and future directions of technologies, places in the network, and applications
    vi.Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a range of network technologies applicable toinfrastructure design (e.g., Layer 3 routing, tunneling, security, network management)