Talking to Business Executives about EA

Simply telling a business audience all the wonderful things that EA will do for you is not enough. Light bulbs go on only when you have a chance to show them what it means to them. So, don’t try to “sell” an audience on the academic virtues of EA. Show them. Use relationships among component parts and expose mappings that they always thought existed, but never quite had a chance to see before.

EA Rediscovered – Solutions Architects

In this next podcast in the “EA Rediscovered” series we will address various organizational models for Solutions Architects.   Should they report directly to a centralized EA team, provisioned as needed to guide project designs?  Should they report directly to development group leaders and be permanently resident in those communities? We are asked this question on an almost daily … Read more

EAdirections Tenth Anniversary Observations

Through ten years of working with dozens of companies, we have seen a lot of good and some not so good developments related to Enterprise Architecture. In recognition of those 10 years, those dozens of companies, and continued success, we would like to share them with you.

EA Rediscovered – The Future State

One of the fundamental concepts in enterprise architecture is the creation of a Future State that holistically embodies directional guidance for decision-making.  The concept is often mis-understood and seems to have recently been lost in the noisy sea of conversations about models, frameworks, digital transformation, bimodal, driving short term results, and other methodology discussions.  In this podcast … Read more

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 last two decades have, in fact, been IT Enterprise Architecture (IT-EA) efforts. Tim Westbrock and … Read more

The EA Soapbox

Welcome to the introductory episode of the The EA Soapbox podcast series. The mentors of EAdirections are climbing up on their EA Soapbox to present you with Simple Objective Actionable Practical advice on Enterprise Architecture and other related disciplines, from strategy and planning through portfolio management and enabling solutions. It is very much about people, … Read more

Business ‘Fit’ vs. Technical ‘Fit’: The Crucible of Strategy, Architecture & Governance

IT leadership and EA teams struggle with how to effectively engage business leadership regarding application systems that do not adhere to architectural standards or technology strategy.  A simple technique can be used to effectively illustrate when existing systems do not fit with current standards or strategic IT roadmaps, as well as to Generate effective conversation … Read more

EA Profession: What’s Changing and What’s Not

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is an immature discipline and possibly getting even more immature.   As the scope of EA extends beyond the areas that IT-centric efforts are prepared for (data, app, infrastructure), the competency, credibility and effectiveness of an EA team may decrease.  However, there are a variety of ways to increase these characteristics for EA … Read more