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Is your Business Agile Enough to Survive? Take our Online Assessment.

Business Agility. What does that mean? From our perspective, it means  your business has the ability to change quickly when competitive pressures, new opportunities or other factors demand it.  Business agility speaks to your company’s ability to change structure, business model, capabilities, skills, competencies, elements of your IT environment, or all of the above quickly…
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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.
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It’s About Time

Of the many reasons to have EA as part your company’s approach to decision-making, the one that is most often overlooked is that it will save you TIME. Saving time means moving forward faster.
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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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EA Tips: Anchor Models

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…
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Tim Westbrock to Speak at IT Leadership Forum, Dec. 13, in Atlanta

Join Tim at the IT Leadership Forum, Dec. 13, in Atlanta, sponsored by alfabet. Tim will be presenting “Expanding Enterprise Architecture into the Business.” The ultimate promise of Enterprise Architecture has always been the alignment of business and IT strategies, activities, assets and direction.  In order for EA to bridge the gap between the desired…
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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 level.  Apparently, getting business representatives involved in applying EA discipline to the business architecture does…
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Organizational Change Management for EA? Of Course!

One of the topics, although not new, that seems to be a regular topic of discussion among clients, peers, prospects and vendors is organization change management.  More specifically, how can EA be successful without an accompanying Organizational Change Management program?  Once you get into these discussions; however, the answer to the aforementioned question is “Yes!”…
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