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Emergent or Directed

Do we need to consider different forms of EA practice to handle architectures that emerge, rather than ones that we directly control? Find out more in my latest post on the Cutter Blog: Emergent or Directed – do we need to manage Architectural Evolution? You might also find some of my other Cutter posts interesting: Perceptions of…

Instead of creating yet more architecture frameworks, EA practitioners need to collaborate more to describe the EA meta-framework – the underlying foundation that is common to every EA framework and approach.

Roger Evernden

Levels of Understanding

I’ve been meaning to write a summary of the Levels of Architectural Understanding for some time. Finally I got around to it. You can read the post on LinkedIn Pulse: Levels of Architectural Understanding. Understanding is one of the eight fundamental factors in EA.

Systems and EA

One of the things I like most about the festive season is the chance to reset – there’s space and time to think about what happened in the previous year, what the future might bring, and most of all – time to spend with the special people in your life. This year it was also a good…

Architecting change is a holistic, systemic, big picture approach!


It is holistic in the sense that it covers information about everything, including infrastructure, information, process, knowledge, organization design, skills, and resources. This is an ambitious claim, but it is the information that is united through EA, which then makes it easier to manage the actual architecture components and buildings blocks. Later we will describe the idea of an information map to chart a complete picture of the organizational landscape.


The approach is systemic because it describes the links, dependencies, trade-offs and synergies between each component or part, which is made possible through the rigor imposed through EA. Much manager, employee and customer frustration occurs because it is difficult to think about an enterprise “as a whole”.  While EA does not guarantee to remove this frustration, it does make it much easier to see the big picture!


Enterprise Architecture – the Eight Fundamental Factors,
Roger & Elaine Evernden, pp. 34-35

Originally in the 1st edition (Information First) on page 4

Upgrading the EA Role

Late last year I wrote a post on the Cutter Blog, entitled EA to Reflect On and Upgrade Its Role, as part of the Cutter predictions series. A recent comment asked said that “EA is mainly perceived as IT discipline and so far largely failed to establish Business Capability Evolution and organizational change.” The author,…