Steve Else, Ph.D.

As one of the world’s foremost innovators, practitioners/consultants, lecturers, educators and trainers serving the Enterprise Architecture (EA) community, Dr. Steve Else has been a sought-after authority within the global business transformation community for nearly two decades.

Dr. Else began his professional career with a career in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot, attaché, faculty member in four departments at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Pentagon staff officer working for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in its initial effort to pursue its Outsourcing, Privatization, and Public-Private Partnership program in the mid 1990s, which was a great lead-in to his next career as an Enterprise Architect. During his career, he attained professional fluency in both French and German, languages in which he still maintains excellent proficiency. He also has his Airline Transport Rating in the Lear Jet and Boeing 717.

As Founder, CEO, and Chief Architect of EA Principals, Inc. (EAP), Dr. Else is among the world’s top overall EA, TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework), and ArchiMate trainers, having worked with approximately 10,000 professionals directly to help them learn and practice EA, including how to customize their programs leveraging a blend of frameworks, methods, and standards.

The EA instructor for the Federal Aviation Administration’s EA program (Department of Transportation), he has also served as the Chief, Principal, and/or Lead Enterprise Architect in numerous U.S. Federal Government departments (e.g., Departments of Defense, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services), as well as for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – FDIC. His EA-related consulting includes work for the United Nations (Application Architecture), Fannie Mae, Blue Health Intelligence (Data Architecture), BAE (IoT modeling), CSC, and a large holding company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Else is the author of several books, including Organization Theory and Transformation of Large, Complex Organizations and, more recently, The Customer-Centric Architecture Method: Path to High Value Enterprise Architecture.

Besides his wide-ranging certifications and particularly deep expertise in TOGAF and ArchiMate, Dr. Else is also a Certified Enterprise and Solutions Architect (BCS Professional Certifications), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and an FEAC Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA). He also holds two SAFe certifications, which further enriches his blending of EA with Agile philosophy and practices, something in high demand in all enterprises.