EA Voices

It’s always useful to get a sense of what is going on in the EA community. One way to do this is to follow the leading EA practitioners via their blogs… but a better way is to look at this planet, EA Voices, which aggregates posts from many EA writers into a single site. EA…

A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Enterprise Patterns

Enterprise architecture “should not only provide value on implementation, but at each stage of the strategy-execution lifecycle.” I’ve recently written “A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Enterprise Patterns,” as an Executive Update for Cutter Consortium. My previous Cutter work has discussed enterprise patterns, and has provided a step-by-step guide to create them. In this Executive Update,…

Architecture Segments

There is a discussion on LinkedIn about the role of Segment Architect, and when I coach EA teams on EA, and in particular on the use of TOGAF, I often get asked why TOGAF refers to Segment Architects when this role apparently doesn’t exist in any EA team! To clear up this dilemma I wrote…

SABSA

There are so many reference models and open-source material available for enterprise architects – so it isn’t surprising that some of this material is less well known. One useful specialized resource is free-use the open-source Security Architecture development and management method and framework – SABSA. SABSA stands for ‘Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture’. This summary…

Free TOGAF Resources

I’ve just added a new page to this site with links to a set of free TOGAF videos. Each one is less than two minutes long, and they are all related to the key learning points in the TOGAF certification program.

Thinking Like An Architect

I frequently remind clients and EA practitioners that they need to think as enterprise architects. Which is a shorthand way to say that you link analysis, recommendations, proposals, and visions to the relevant components in the architecture – highlighting the constraints and opportunities that they offer, and explaining how the architecture needs to change. This…