ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE

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Agility = Balance + Speed + Strength + Coordination

I was exploring the nature of enterprise agility to answer a client question, and I came across BrianMac’s web site.  Brian Mackenzie is a performance coach and coach tutor/assessor with UK Athletics. It struck me that his description of agility and we can improve our personal athletical agility had parallels in enterprise transformation. To paraphrase…

I went to the Troux 360 conference in London, and was really pleased to mingle with so many architects with engagements that are genuinely being driven by the business, rather than being IT led.

I particularly liked this line from a presentation by Nigel Davies and Jo Fannon – “The Journey of Enterprise Architecture at National Grid”. This was a great presentation that had plenty of insights and advice. Nigel described the changing role of the enterprise architecture team – from Traffic Warden, with an emphasis on policing changes to ensure that they conformed to things like standards and policies, to Travel Agent, with the emphasis on a vision of where you want to go and help to plan and make the journey.

As Nigel said, noone likes a Traffic Warden, but as a Travel Agent the Enterprise Architect is more popular!

Language and Controlled Vocabularies

Enterprise Architecture is an abstract discipline – because it deals in information about its subject matter, and uses information-based artefacts to describe and make changes to the architecture. It is as important to manage this information as it is to manage the things that are described. In this respect, enterprise architecture is an information management discipline.…

Zachman Version 3.0

John Zachman recently announced a new version of his framework. You can download a PDF with the new framework from Ron Ross, and you can read a concise definition of the Zachman Framework on the official Zachman site. As always, it is interesting to see what John has to say, but is this a major…

Architecture Is Not Optional

Once again I’ve been asked: “but do we really need an enterprise architecture”? And as always my response is: enterprise architecture is not optional, and a better question would be: “do we really need to need to manage our enterprise architecture”? Enterprise architecture is not optional – it exists regardless of whether we choose to…

A LEAP in the Dark

This was the title of a presentation that I gave at IRM’s Enterprise Architecture Conference in London, in June 2011. I describe some of the techniques used at one of the most ambitious EA projects in recent years, including the use of Strategic Vectors, Enterprise Patterns, and managing options for future architectural states.

Generic Business Capability Model

Business Capability analysis is well-established as a business and enterprise architecture tool – the tricky bit is creating a good Business Capability Model in the first place. So how great would it be if you could jump-start with a good, pre-defined Generic Business Capability Model? The latest version of the Generic Business Capability Model is…