FUNDAMENTAL FACTORS IN EA

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…

Social Architecture In 3 Minutes

Social Architecture is an exciting application of architecture techniques. It applies techniques from disciplines such as Enterprise Architecture, mixed in with the availability of social technologies, to the need for organizational and community change. In essence it takes architecture beyond the boundaries of an enterprise, and explores the possibility for architectural change in the broader environmental context.…

The Top 10 M&A Fallacies and Self-Deceptions

The Top 10 M&A Fallacies and Self-Deceptions is another useful article from the strategy+business site. It looks at the key considerations in taking the decision to merge or acquire. In doing so it explores the key dilemma – the M&A deal offers great opportunities, but how often are they delivered? Often overlooked is the sheer complexity…

Enterprise Patterns: The Key to Effective EA Application as Transformation

Enterprise Patterns: The Key to Effective EA Application as Transformation | Cutter Consortium. This is my latest Executive Report, written for Cutter Consortium: Enterprise architecture is more than IT. It is more than the embodiment of strategy. When it comes to understanding and managing significant enterprise change, enterprise architecture is a crucial discipline; thus, it is…

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.…

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…