ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE

Parent category for all posts related to Enterprise 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…

Enterprise Architecture Conference 2014 – IRM

What’s on the agenda for 2014?Details of this years IRM EA Conference are now available. As usual, there is an interesting mix of topics – ranging from the introductory to the more advanced. I always find it interesting to look at the topics covered as it gives an indication of what organizations are doing and…

Zachman Ontology, not Framework?

Time to rename it?There is an interesting discussion on the Zachman Framework LinkedIn group, about the practical use and tool support for the Zachman Framework. I’ve put up a couple of comments because the Zachman Framework is not a good basis for a practical EA use or tool support, and it is about time that…

Crystal Ball Time

Each year, Anne Mullaney, sets a challenge to the Cutter consultants: to look into their crystal balls for the annual Cutter Predictions campaign! This year I’m predicting more stealth enterprise architecture! I’d like to say that I invented this phrase – but I’ve found at least two previous uses – one in a comment by Peter…

Enterprise Leverage

Focused Efforts Producing Significant ResultsEnterprise leverage occurs when a focused effort produces significant results for the enterprise and its strategy. How do Enterprise Architects help the CIO produce enterprise leverage? Enterprise Architecture (EA) has to go beyond simply improving operational efficiency, reducing costs and providing technical excellence. Here are my suggestions for how the EA role could…

Building planes in the sky

EA is like building planes in the skyEnterprise Architects are frequently expected to deliver large-scale enterprise transformation while keeping day-to-day business fully operational! This video sums it up perfectly:

Multiple Integrated Architecture Frameworks (MIAF)

Increasingly I’m hearing architects talking about their frustration with the popular architecture frameworks. The problem is that frameworks such as TOGAF, Zachman and others are not easy to use in a practical day-to-day way to manage enterprise architecture. Architects are not saying that TOGAF or Zachman are useless – they each document much current thinking…

The architecture age

Is the 21st century the era of architects?“In the 19th century the issue was industrial production, we were in the era of Engineers. In the 20th century the issue was the mass marketing of products and services, we were in the era of marketing. In the 21st century the challenge is the integration of business,…

EA Myths

Four myths that hide the true value from Enterprise Architecture!I recently wrote about four EA Myths on The Cutter Blog. These four myths are related to my research: “How do we demonstrate the value of EA or justify architectural overhead?” I believe that by far the biggest problem in demonstrating the value of EA is…