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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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Cart-Path-Only: Do you lack business agility to sense and respond to market changes?

Reposted from Michael Fillios of IT Ally with permission: While on vacation in South Carolina visiting family and friends in Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head last week, I decided to pack my clubs and enjoy a few rounds of golf. Our first stop was Myrtle Beach to visit my in-laws and play golf with my…
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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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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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Embrace Enterprise Transformation as a Core Concept

Transformation is the latest concept to capture the attention of business and IT executives alike.  Driven by a combination of improving economics, changes in the competitive landscape, a flurry of mergers and acquisitions and more aggressive public policy objectives, most enterprises are moving from a tactical to an increasingly strategic stance.  Even the U.S. Federal…
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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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Mobility and Social Networking: Do You Have a Need for a Strategy?

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…
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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 are either embracing, waiting on or fearing (or maybe even a little bit of all…
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