7 years, 4 months ago

On Enterprise Capabilities

In enterprise change environments – be they driven by architecture, process improvement, supply chain transformation, or any other kind of organisational change – we often focus on capabilities. As an example: “Business capability” is the ability for the organisation to perform a certain function, process, or service in order to serve a particular market, client, …read more

7 years, 5 months ago

New Book: Beyond Alignment

I am pleased to announce that our new book Beyond Alignment: Applying Systems Thinking in Architecting Enterprises has been published and is available for order online. The book is available for purchase at Amazon. Beyond Alignment is a comprehensive reader about how enterprises can apply systems thinking in their enterprise architecture practice, for business transformation and …read more

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7 years, 10 months ago

The equivalent of wget in PowerShell

Lately I have been using PowerShell on Windows to script and automate a number of system administration tasks. PowerShell is Microsoft’s next generation replacement for good old CMD.EXE and it borrows a lot of powerful concepts from shells and scripting environments such as Ksh, Perl, and Tcl. The probably biggest difference between PowerShell and the …read more

8 years, 25 days ago

Enterprise Architecture and abstraction layers

I recently read John Gotze’s thoughts on the updated national enterprise architecture framework and its underlying meta-model published by the Danish Government Agency for Digitisation. The framework is named ‘OIO EA’ and has evolved over a number of years into the official national government architecture approach. In his critique, John highlights that the updated meta-model …read more

8 years, 1 month ago

On the use of the word ‘delivery’

Enterprise architects and consultants often enjoy building specific languages. This is both good and bad. Good jargon allows one to be very specific and concisely articulate observations about a particular specialised field of interest — for instance a domain architecture or a very specific business process, which only few people understand or carry out. Bad …read more

8 years, 2 months ago

Welcome!

This is my the very first post in my new blog hosted on my own server on my own domain. I previously used to blog on Thinking Enterprise. However, I found it more viable to move the blog to a separate domain. It is also my intention to expand the scope of the blog so …read more

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8 years, 2 months ago

Back to basics

Whilst I spent most of my working hours in Windows 7 and Outlook, I still return to my favourite operating system OpenBSD when I need to do serious technical work. It is simple, elegant, and secure.Installing OpenBSD/i386 5.2 in VirtualBox under Window…

8 years, 3 months ago

New Publication: A Systemic-Discursive Framework for Enterprise Architecture

John Gotze and I have published a new peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of Enterprise Architecture with the title: A Systemic-Discursive Framework for Enterprise Architecture. You can download the paper from here (note: this requires AEA membership). If you are not a member of AEA let me know and I will send you a PDF copy of the paper.

This article examines, through a case study of an Australian government agency, the systemic and discursive properties of Enterprise Architecture adoption in a government enterprise. Through the lens of Luhmann’s generalised systems theory of communication, the authors argue that the manner in which organisational communication is organised throughout the Enterprise Architecture adoption process has a noticeable impact on successful implementation. Two important conclusions are made: Firstly, successful Enterprise Architecture adoption demands sustainable resonance of Enterprise Architecture as a discourse communicated in the enterprise. Secondly, misunderstanding and reshaping Enterprise Architecture as a management discourse is an inherent premise for high quality adoption. The authors propose a new theoretical model, the Enterprise Communication Ecology, as a metaphor for the communicative processes that precede, constrain, and shape Enterprise Architecture implementations. As a result, Enterprise Architecture as a discipline must adopt a systemic-discursive framework in order to fully understand and improve the quality of Enterprise Architecture management programs.

Enjoy!

8 years, 3 months ago

New Publication: A Systemic-Discursive Framework for Enterprise Architecture

John Gotze and I have published a new peer-reviewed paper in the Journal of Enterprise Architecture with the title: A Systemic-Discursive Framework for Enterprise Architecture. You can download the paper from here (note: this requires AEA membership). If you are not a member of AEA let me know and I will send you a PDF copy of the paper.

This article examines, through a case study of an Australian government agency, the systemic and discursive properties of Enterprise Architecture adoption in a government enterprise. Through the lens of Luhmann’s generalised systems theory of communication, the authors argue that the manner in which organisational communication is organised throughout the Enterprise Architecture adoption process has a noticeable impact on successful implementation. Two important conclusions are made: Firstly, successful Enterprise Architecture adoption demands sustainable resonance of Enterprise Architecture as a discourse communicated in the enterprise. Secondly, misunderstanding and reshaping Enterprise Architecture as a management discourse is an inherent premise for high quality adoption. The authors propose a new theoretical model, the Enterprise Communication Ecology, as a metaphor for the communicative processes that precede, constrain, and shape Enterprise Architecture implementations. As a result, Enterprise Architecture as a discipline must adopt a systemic-discursive framework in order to fully understand and improve the quality of Enterprise Architecture management programs.

Enjoy!