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True-IA? A True-EA Perspective for Information Architecture

Lately, there has been a lot of focus on business architecture within the EA community.  We would like to expand the thinking of business architecture to include the element of information.  Traditionally the focus of many IT shops has been in…
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What is True-EA?

True Enterprise Architecture (True-EA) is quite simply architecting the enterprise. “Isn’t this what Enterprise Architecture always has been?” you may be asking yourself. In actuality, the overwhelming majority of EA efforts that we have come in contact with over the…
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Too Much Tactical Focus with Business Architecture?

As more and more organizations embrace Enterprise Architecture with a concerted effort in Business Architecture (BA),. we are beginning to see one of the common pitfalls of IT Architecture (ITA) spill over — too much focus on the tactical, project…
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Smart Grid and EA – Making Smart Grid Smarter

Many electric utility companies are in the process of fundamentally changing both their individual operations, as well as the electric industry as a whole.  Many of you have probably heard the term “Smart Grid,” but those in the electric industry…
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Using MIT CISR’s Operating Model to Drive BA Design

I have recently been working with a company that is getting their enterprise business architecture effort under way very successfully. One of the most successful aspects of their effort has been leveraging the operating model concept from “Enterprise Architecture As…
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Transformational View of EA

OK, so you think you are practicing Enterprise Architecture, right? As I have pointed out before, the key is the answer to the question, “Are you architecting the enterprise, or are you architecting IT?” As I dare say, most of…
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My Take on the Q&A from the The Open Group Seattle Event …

I recently attended The Open Group Architecture Practitioner’s conference in Seattle.  During the event, I was given the opportunity to present a Keynote on the Language of Business Architecture, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  A couple of my peers, Mike Rollings…
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Don’t Call It EA if It Isn’t EA! – Atlanta ITARC Event

Most organizations that claim to have an “enterprise” architecture practice are really only doing “IT” architecture (ITA). What leads us to say that? Our research shows that most organizations have limited their scope to include only IT elements like infrastructure, data and applications. That’s OK in and of itself and it is a step up for many organizations, but that’s not EA.
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