EA Thoughts

Posts about Enterprise Architecture in general.

Information Obesity – keynote now on YouTube

I recently discovered a DVD with a 30-minute video of a keynote that I gave back in 2004 at the Online Information conference in Olympia, London – which is now added to my YouTube channel on Enterprise Architecture. I think the original argument still holds true: we are producing information faster than our capacity to use it:

3 myths about information and IT

In this post I’d like to debunking three popular myths about information and information technology. Myth 1: The best way to improve the use of information is to invest in information technology. This is an expensive and time-consuming way to make improvements, but it is the route favoured by the technology vendors, big consultancies, and…

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…

8 useful links for all Enterprise Architects

I’ve just been going back over some notes from the last six months. Here are some links that I have found particularly interesting or useful: 8 takeaways from IRM’s UK Enterprise Architecture Conference 2016 What makes an Enterprise Architect The End of EA and IT as we know it Ten practical ideas for organizing and managing your…

Simplifying through organization – #56

I was reminded last week of the need to simplify through organization. A client had the usual EA documentation – masses and masses of diagrams, slides, documents – all in a glorious muddle. A simple classification scheme started to turn the mess into something more useful and reusable. Here is lesson #56 from 101 Lessons From…

Enterprise Architecture – four meanings

It sounds like a simple question when someone asks – “what is enterprise architecture?”. But if you have been on the responding end of this question, it isn’t always easy to come up with a clear and succinct answer! After 40 or so years, you would think that the answer was simple, but… I’ve found it…

TOGAF® 10

TOGAF® is here to stay… there is a high probability that, given its general acceptance as a “standard” architecture framework, it will be here for some time to come. So it is inevitable that at some stage there will be a new version of TOGAF®. But what will be new in a new version? What will be…

Frankenframeworks

The thing I like most about sharing ideas through blogs and posts is the feedback that I get. My recent post (EA Frameworks or Ontologies) got a comment from Tom Graves, which included a reference to a blog from Chris Lockhart with the great title Frankenframeworks – which has some great comments about our use of frameworks in EA And…

EA Frameworks or Ontologies?

How do we get the best out of EA frameworks and ontologies?If you are interested in improving our use of EA frameworks, you might find my latest post on LinkedIn interesting: EA Frameworks or Ontologies? Do you think that the terms frameworks, ontologies, taxonomies, schema are often confused? Do you ever feel that there is a better…

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