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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 the delivery and enhancement of information systems that automated manual business processes.  However, over time,…
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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…
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Take the Initiative

I was recently asked to reflect on the strengths of some of the EA practitioners I have worked with over the years. They have been an inspiring group who collectively and individually were drawn to EA because they aspired to make a difference in their companies. Fulfilling that aspiration isn’t always an easy path.
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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…
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DAMA DMBOK Offers Good Guidance for Information Management

The Data Management Association (DAMA) International is a prominent association for data management professionals.  They have accumulated and published a Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK) and a Dictionary of Terms.  For those struggling with establishing or improving their Information Management (IM) capabilities, DAMA offers some guidance that can help simplify and organize your efforts. The…
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EA and the Internet of Things – 10 Thoughts

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the Internet of Things, from both a personal perspective and as it applies to EA.  In fact, I wrote about it in my “From the Editor” column in the most recent Architecture and Governance magazine (v12n2): I once thought consumer-oriented “Internet of Things” (IoT) device were novelties.  The…
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Characteristics of Effective EA (Revisited)

Below you will see the content of a previous post, reposted for a couple of reasons.  One, I had a recent conversation with a client about this topic which brought it to front of mind.  Second, I have been having a lot of conversations with clients, prospects, George, and some of our peers regarding the…
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IT Strategy: Is it a function of Enterprise Architecture?

I recently saw a post in a LinkedIn forum (AEA) positing this questions.  Here is my response: If EA is truly business strategy driven, and encompasses all domains, including security, operations and organization (in addition to the traditional domains of business, info/data, app and infrastructure), then there is no such thing as IT strategy. The…
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