Anchor models are context diagrams that capture the essence of the enterprise as a simple graphic. They should be equally meaningful to both business and IT personnel and should be so intuitive that they don’t require a multi-page text narrative to understand. While we see many models created by EA teams, most are lower level … Read more
George and I are often asked “How is EA different between smaller and larger organizations?” There are a number of differences (amount of available resources, degree of complexity, flatness of the organization structure, number of elements in the application portfolio, etc.) that affect the approach, effectiveness, readiness and deliverables of EA. But one that I think … Read more
So there I am sitting on a panel at the Troux Worldwide Conference a couple of weeks ago, answering interesting questions with some interesting co-panelists, when a thought struck me. “After decades of positioning EA as a discipline for business-IT alignment, why aren’t EA programs more in tune with(driven by, owned by, participation from) the … Read more
Two of the biggest trends that many companies are addressing right now are mobility and Social Networking. Maybe second only to cloud computing in hype right now, these two areas represent significant opportunities for many companies. However, one thing that I have noticed is that sometimes the trends with a lot of hype get a … Read more
I am working with a couple different clients now on their approach to enterprise architecture, and not surprisingly, their approaches are vastly different. One company has a core group of EA’s, working primarily on what they have named Business Driven Target Architecture, which is a bit of a mix of business, application and data architecture. The … Read more
Last year I mentioned that I attended The Open Group Architecture Practitioners Conference In Toronto and that I was very excited about the direction that the conversations went – namely the need for EA to become more of a strategic business discipline. This month, I attended the version of this event in Seattle. Again, I … Read more
Now that everyone is back from the holidays, relaxed and enthusiastic, it is a good time to take a look forward and update your EA program’s objectives for the new year. In our experience, most organizations have a very short window to accomplish this. It doesn’t take long before the enthusiasm and vision for the future is replaced by the urgency and narrowness of the day.