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What is misalignment? - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

What is misalignment? - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

10 feb 2011 - n order to solve a problem, you have to know the problem you are solving. In a growing number of organizations, Enterprise Architecture is responsible for insuring the alignment of business change programs (including but not limited to programs that impact computing systems). But what does a misaligned program look like? How would you know one when you saw it, and what would you do when you do recognize one?
Until you can answer these questions, your EA program may be "a dog chasing a car." What will you do when you catch it?

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Architecture standards: Terminology (2/7) | BiZZdesign

Architecture standards: Terminology (2/7) | BiZZdesign | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

9 jan 2012 - In the previous posting we have explained the benefits of having a good standards practice in place, especially in the context of enterprise architecture. In this posting we set the scene for our framework on standards management by introducing terminology that we will use throughout this series. This terminology has been tried and tested in practice, in both business and IT-related settings. We have found that standardized terminology around standards management greatly improved effectiveness of our work.

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Real EA: crossing the chasm? | Tom Graves / Tetradian

Real EA: crossing the chasm? | Tom Graves / Tetradian | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

30 jan 2011 - One of the practical problems of the innovator's lifestyle is that, by definition, we tend to work a long way away (metaphorically speaking) from the mainstream. It's true that there are some real advantages to playing the Outsider role - for example, it's one of the few ways to bypass the 'groupthink' trap. Yet the catch is that there's often real barriers between creating a new idea and its subsequent adoption in the mainstream - and that matters a lot, not least because mainstream adoption is also the point where we actually get paid for all that previous development-effort…

Classically, this follows the 'diffusion of innovations' pattern described by Everett Rogers and others:
Innovators - venturesome, educated, multiple info sources;


Early adopters - social leaders, popular, educated;


Early majority - deliberate, many informal social contacts;


Late majority - skeptical, traditional, lower socio-economic status;


Laggards - neighbours and friends are main info sources, fear of debt.


But the catch, as documented by Geoffrey Moore in his 1991 book Crossing the Chasm, is that there's that chasm of (lack of) understanding that sits somewhere in the 'early adopters' range, blocking the path between innovation and the mainstream - the gap between the people who'll try anything new, and the people who won't. Something we need to explore…

 

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The responsibility of architecture is to create an architecture of responsibility - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

9 mar 2011 - Nick Malik: " (..) One of the key accountabilities of Enterprise Architecture is to provide a mechanism to govern the development of corporate business capabilities. In other words, we want to make sure that specific capabilities are developed, in a principled manner, prioritized on the strategy of the business. (..)

Hence, the architecture of responsibility is the mapping of capabilities and business processes to people. Sometimes that means consolidation to common processes, but not always. That depends on the operating model of the business. But always it is a problem if a particular capability within a business model has no owner. Identifying the businesses within an enterprise, the capabilities within the business, and the owners of the capabilities… that is a key deliverable of Enterprise Architecture.
One that is not often discussed… but in the end, extraordinarily important."

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Round in circles on enterprise-architecture | Tom Graves / Tetradian

Round in circles on enterprise-architecture | Tom Graves / Tetradian | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

6 apr 2011 - One of the real pleasures of enterprise-architecture is that it covers the entire panoramic panoply of the enterprise, the many ways in which everyone and everything can work together towards a shared goal, creating a common bridge from Why to How to What and When and Where and Who.
One of its huge frustrations, though, is the way in which people in the IT space insist on calling what they do 'enterprise architecture'.
Which it isn't. At all.
IT-architecture is about machines - and a specific class of machines at that. It has almost nothing to do with the 'people-side' of the enterprise - which is actually what defines the enterprise.
It's about just one aspect of the How of the enterprise. It barely touches What, Where or When. It's rare that it takes any notice of Who. And often it doesn't even glance at Why, at purpose: in an all too literal sense, it often has no purpose other than… well, itself, for its own sake, really.
Yet the IT-folks still persist, loudly, in purporting that this small subset of the whole is 'the whole', 'the architecture of the enterprise' - which it patently isn't. But because they insist on calling it 'enterprise-architecture', and because they're so insistent about doing so, it becomes next to impossible to describe to anyone else what enterprise-architecture actually is, or the value that a real enterprise-architecture brings to the business context.

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Applicatie Portfolio Management zonder Enterprise Architectuur is als spelen met vuur | XR Magazine

Applicatie Portfolio Management zonder Enterprise Architectuur is als spelen met vuur | XR Magazine | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

7 jul 2011 - Enterprise architectuur omvat per definitie het applicatielandschap. Werken onder architectuur impliceert dus ook het managen van de levenscyclus van dat landschap. Althans, als je architectuur ziet als een praktisch dagelijks gereedschap in plaats van een papieren tijger. De realiteit laat veelal een ander beeld zien: de (applicatie)architectuur wordt eenmalig vastgesteld, en vervolgens verdwijnt de documentatie in de kast. Om als het nodig is eruit te worden gehaald, waarbij de eerste conclusie is dat de informatie achterhaald is en er dan, op dat moment, een flinke inhaalslag gepleegd moet worden. Het automatisch up-to-date houden van de architectuurdocumentatie voor wat betreft het applicatielandschap zorgt voor integratie tussen het dagelijkse beheer van het applicatieportfolio en het operationaliseren van architectuur. En zorgt daarmee voor "grip op ICT".

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Architectuur 2.0 - een nieuwe visie op de architectuurfunctie van de organisatie | XR Magazine

Architectuur 2.0 - een nieuwe visie op de architectuurfunctie van de organisatie | XR Magazine | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

26 oct 2011 - Hoewel de architectuurfunctie ons de afgelopen decennia veel goeds heeft gebracht, wordt zij toch nog regelmatig ervaren als 'ivoren toren', 'vertragende factor' en 'kan-niet-mag-niet' discipline. In dit artikel bekijken we de architectuurfunctie in een bredere context en doen we een voorstel voor een nieuwe aanpak. Een aanpak die wellicht beter aansluit bij de behoeften van de organisatie van de toekomst en één die op directieniveau de interesse in de architectuurfunctie weer zou moeten wekken

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Business Process Management en Enterprise Architectuur: een gelukkig huwelijk | XR Magazine

Business Process Management en Enterprise Architectuur: een gelukkig huwelijk | XR Magazine | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

12 may 2011 - In dit artikel wordt de stelling geponeerd dat de beste manier om Business Process Management (BPM) in een bedrijf te implementeren, langs de as van Enterprise Architectuur is. Met name de benadering van Enterprise Architectuur zoals die door het The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) wordt gepropageerd is een ideaal vehikel om BPM op een planbare en iteratieve manier continu waarde te laten toevoegen. Dit artikel beschrijft hoe Business Process Management op basis van TOGAF geïmplementeerd kan worden in de onderneming en welke rol de enterprise architect hierbij heeft.

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Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect: Enterprise architects play key role in transformation, data analytics value -- but they need to act fast, say Open Group speakers

Dana Gardner's BriefingsDirect: Enterprise architects play key role in transformation, data analytics value -- but they need to act fast, say Open Group speakers | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

31 jan 2012 - Good data management, analytics, and helping to shape the goals of the business are keys to transforming the enterprise through impactful enterprise architecture (EA). That was the theme, from different perspectives, presented by a series of plenary speakers this week at The Open Group Conference in San Francisco.

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Architectuur en service management superduo

Architectuur en service management superduo | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it
11 augustus 2011 - Iedere service manager wil grip op ict-dienstverlening, en dus op het ict-landschap. Op vragen uit de organisatie wil hij, liefst met een druk op de knop, direct antwoord geven.
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The role of an enterprise architecture repository – principle 1

The role of an enterprise architecture repository – principle 1 | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

The Enterprise Architecture Repository is both a means to store all of the artefacts concerning the enterprise architecture and a federated information system linking with other sources of data and c0ntent. This federated environment produces a enterprise architecture management system to support architectural development. There is quite an interesting overview of this on the Aris Community blog.

Marc Walker 17 apr 2011

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ArchiMate core - Patterns

ArchiMate core - Patterns | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

9 jul 2012 - In this series on ArchiMate we have so far focused on the fundamentals of the language, and on tailoring it for use in your own organization. Also we wrote about some best practices for creating effective views for key stakeholders in your organization. In our post on tailoring ArchiMate for use in your own organization we already announced the topic of this posting: patterns. In other words, the topic of this blog post is on solving common modeling problems.

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Gebrek aan strategie bedreigt investeringen in de cloud - Sogeti

Gebrek aan strategie bedreigt investeringen in de cloud - Sogeti | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

9 mar 2011 - In een nieuw boek van Sogeti, Seize the Cloud - A Manager's Guide to Success with Cloud Computing, helpen de auteurs de mist rondom de cloud op te lossen. Het boek dient als een wegwijzer door de zakelijke en enterprise-architectuuraspecten van cloud computing. Op een nuchtere manier wordt cloud computing geïntegreerd in de realiteit van het voeren van een organisatie, IT-beheer en het creëren van waarde met technologie. Tegelijkertijd wordt het concept 'bedrijfstechnologie' geïntroduceerd als een nieuwe manier van interactie tussen bedrijf en IT. Daarnaast wordt er met een frisse blik naar de economie van IT gekeken.

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Innovatie architectuur - Via Nova Architectura

Innovatie architectuur - Via Nova Architectura | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

 

9 dec 2011 - Hoe visie en uitvoering te verbeteren en IT te stroomlijnen met behulp van business demands en business models.

 

(..) De volgende stap: Innovatie Architectuur
De doorontwikkeling van de Enterprise architectuur discipline is niet meer te vatten in de bestaande aanpakken en uitgangspunten. Dit is dan ook de reden voor een uitbreiding van de huidige enterprise architectuur aanpak naar een "Innovatie Architectuur".

In dit artikel zal worden ingegaan op de concepten van Innovatie architectuur en zal de kern worden neergezet van deze, zich ontwikkelende, discipline.

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Modelling people in enterprise-architecture | Tom Graves / Tetradian

Modelling people in enterprise-architecture | Tom Graves / Tetradian | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

31 jan 2011 - In order to solve a problem, you have to know the problem you are solving. In a growing number of organizations, Enterprise Architecture is responsible for insuring the alignment of business change programs (including but not limited to programs that impact computing systems). But what does a misaligned program look like? How would you know one when you saw it, and what would you do when you do recognize one?
Until you can answer these questions, your EA program may be "a dog chasing a car." What will you do when you catch it?

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Power, people and enterprise-architecture | Tom Graves / Tetradian

Power, people and enterprise-architecture | Tom Graves / Tetradian | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

1 feb 2011 - We really can't explore the theme of people in enterprise-architecture without addressing the theme - and problem - of power.

In principle, power should be straightforward. The physics definition - roughly speaking - is that power is the ability to do work. Wherever there's work to be done - in whatever form that that 'work' might take - there's a need for the power to do that work. Should be simple enough to identify and model that within an enterprise-architecture, surely?
Unfortunately, no, it's not that simple - because most social definitions of 'power' tend to be closer to 'the ability to avoid work'. Therein lie lots of, uh, interesting problems for enterprise-architecture…

Hence power is something that we really do need to address in enterprise-architecture - even in an IT-centric architecture, let alone one which covers a true whole-of-enterprise scope. Read on?

To say that questions of power are hugely political is perhaps the understatement of the century… so I'll take some care here to use definitions and descriptions that are strictly generic. (So generic, in fact, that you should also be able to use them to assess relationships between machines, between IT-systems, and between 'systems' in any abstract or concrete sense. More on that later.)

For the architecture, the core requirement is to distinguish between power-relations that are functional (aligning to the physics definition of 'ability to do work') versus those that are usually dysfunctional (aligning to that social definition of 'ability to avoid work'), and then develop an understanding about what - if anything - to do about the latter.

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IT en de kunst van het managen | Automatisering Gids

IT en de kunst van het managen | Automatisering Gids | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

8 apr 2011 - Al tientallen jaren gaat de aandacht op IT-gebied meer uit naar technologische vernieuwingen dan naar het managen van projecten. Heeft de recessie ons in dat opzicht wat geleerd of is er sprake van terugvalgedrag? 8-4-2011 - Rating 9.5

Beheerorganisaties, zegt Jan van Bon, hebben nog steeds de grootste moeite om een externe kwaliteitstoets te doorstaan.
Vóór de recessie waren beslissingen over IT sterk technologiegedreven. Tegelijkertijd faalden talloze projecten. Zou men na de recessie verstandiger geworden zijn? Terugvalgedrag is helaas van alle tijden. De vraag is dus: hoe voorkomen we dat we opnieuw de mist ingaan?

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ITIL v3 en Enterprise Architectuur: zonder architectuur geen geslaagde ITIL implementatie? | XR Magazine

ITIL v3 en Enterprise Architectuur: zonder architectuur geen geslaagde ITIL implementatie? | XR Magazine | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

7 jul 2011 - Bart de Best: "In de vorige editie van XR Magazine heb ik zeven stellingen geponeerd over de relatie tussen ITIL v3 [1] en Enterprise Architectuur. In dit artikel geef ik voor elke stelling mijn beschouwing. Deze beschouwingen zijn gebaseerd op het gedachtegoed ‘beheren onder architectuur’ zoals deze gedefinieerd is in het gelijknamige boek ."

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BPM en Enterprise Architectuur - Verbinders in verband | XR Magazine

BPM en Enterprise Architectuur - Verbinders in verband | XR Magazine | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

9 jun 2011 - Business Process Management (BPM) en Enterprise Architectuur (EA) zijn vakgebieden die op het eerste oog geen zichtbare overlap lijken te hebben, maar is dat werkelijk zo? In dit artikel geven we een beeld van de overlap die wij zien tussen BPM en EA en van de voordelen die een nauwe samenwerking tussen Architecten en BPM consultants kan bieden. Vervolgens zetten we de ontwikkeling in de vakgebieden en de benodigde skills af tegen de ontwikkelingen die we in de maatschappij zien in het algemeen, en bij organisaties waar wij actief zijn in het bijzonder.

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Succesvol de brug slaan tussen Business en IT | XR Magazine

Succesvol de brug slaan tussen Business en IT | XR Magazine | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

10 mar 2011 - Is TOGAF en het PSA mechanisme Haarlemmerolie voor organisaties waar Business en IT niet goed samenwerken? In de praktijk worden raamwerken zoals TOGAF en DYA vaak naar binnen gereden om de problemen op dit gebied op te lossen. Helaas is dat echter te vaak "In Name Only" en liggen de best practices op de plank te verstoffen of wordt alles klakkeloos ingezet, zonder naar de organisatiecontext te kijken. In dit artikel wordt bekeken wat oorzaken zijn waardoor "de Business" en "de IT" vaak niet als een geoliede machine samenwerken en hoe deze samenwerking verbeterd kan worden.

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IT-centrism is killing enterprise-architecture | Tom Graves / Tetradian

IT-centrism is killing enterprise-architecture | Tom Graves / Tetradian | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

30 aug 2011 - Tom Graves: "All right, I admit it: I allowed frustration to get the better of me in the previous post, ‘How not to define business-architecture‘.

But the real point is this: IT-centrism is killing enterprise-architecture. Gartner made that clear some months back (apologies, can’t find the link…) in their ‘Hype Curve’ on EA: the IT-centric view of EA is increasing the ‘business-IT divide’, not reducing it. And as IT necessarily becomes more and more interwoven into everyday business, that IT-centrism is triggering a serious pushback from everyone else. Sure, if we’re in ‘the trade’, it demands our attention, but we’ve indulged it now for far too long: the blunt fact is that the obsessive IT-centrism of too many – especially amongst the ‘big players’ - must stop, and stop now, or else there will be nothing left. It really is as serious as that."

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Is Archimate too IT-centric for enterprise-architecture? | Tom Graves / Tetradian

Is Archimate too IT-centric for enterprise-architecture? | Tom Graves / Tetradian | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

23 jul 2011 - Archimate aims to be the standard notation for enterprise-architectures. But has it become too IT-centric to be usable for that purpose? And is there any way we can get it to break out of the IT-centric box?

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Doing Business without EA is like building a chain of “open” links - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Doing Business without EA is like building a chain of “open” links - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs | EnterpriseArchitecture | Scoop.it

Nick Malik identifies that all of the problems that EA attempt to address have a root in 'communication' with a particularly interesting comment about the risks of hierarchical business communications. The article also uses the metaphor of a chain to describe the purpose of enterprise architecture and its benefits.
11 may 2010

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