EA History

Pioneers

A short while ago I wrote a post about the pioneers of enterprise architecture, and got some really lovely feedback. Thank you to everyone who responded. Taking this feedback on board, I am going to update my original post – which I will include as one of the permanent pages on my website. I’m also going to…

The Pioneers of Enterprise Architecture

I’ve been involved with enterprise architecture since the early 1980s, so I think of myself as a second-generation architect. I learnt about enterprise architecture through a mixture of meeting other architects, reading widely around the subject and related disciplines, and, of course, through hard graft and experience. Nowadays there are many enterprise architects practising their art and science…

Who put the “Enterprise” in Architecture?

Enterprise Architecture is a commonly accepted label, used around the world by Enterprise Architects, and yet the meaning of the term continues to provoke debate. “Architecture” – on its own – is not confusing a term. Although some definitions narrow it to buildings, I prefer a more open definition which includes Enterprise Architecture, such as this: “[architecture…

Third-Generation Information Architecture

Originally published in Communications of the ACM, this article, written by Roger and Elaine Evernden, describes the three generations of architecture, explains why we need to be aware of the 3 generations, and argues that we need to adequately understand information needs before we rush into technology solutions.   “Information architecture has changed dramatically over…

Financial Services Data Model

The history of the Financial Services Data Model is an interesting tale for anyone who wants to know more about the evolution of architectural frameworks. Mike Sager has recorded hist personal recollections on his blog: 1. Financial Services Data Model – early years 2. Financial Services Data Model – under the radar

Architecture – a way of thinking about information and enterprise

Why do we use “architecture” as a term to describe our discipline? The notion of architecture as a way of thinking about information and enterprise started in the late 1970s. In particular, the writings of Richard Saul Wurman, Richard Nolan, and Christopher Alexander first suggested applying this way of thinking to understand information and information…