1 year, 8 months ago

Would you hire an Enterprise Architect?

Facing the choice of hiring a LEAN Expert, an Enterprise Architect or two production workers, what would be the best choice? The choice is rarely presented in this fashion, but as the cost is comparable it is a choice taken daily by enterprises across the world. Where would you put your money? Being an Enterprise […]

1 year, 10 months ago

What is our Enterprise Architecture mandate?

“What is our mandate?” – I cannot count the number of times an architect (both enterprise, solution, integration and other) asked me that question. Mostly in the sense ‘can we dictate the solution?’ and then expected me to provide a clear answer. Perhaps I am slow-witted, but the question just baffles me. I mean, unless […]

2 years, 1 month ago

The Conceptual System Landscape

The essence of simplification is grasping what is and what is not important. Conveying Insight is a core EA-task why simplification is a must-do activity. Apply simplification to the ever so complex Logical System Landscape and you have The Conceptual System Landscape. The Conceptual System Landscape is a strong tool to communicate the business-IT relationship, […]

2 years, 2 months ago

Setting up the system landscape

With a system landscape, being urgently needed (see previous post), we want the construction to be of low complexity and low risk. How do we go about this? I will claim, that one trained person with a focused effort can map a medium sized enterprise in not years, but in just one or two month! […]

2 years, 3 months ago

The Technology Landscape

The need of the technology landscape IT-departments need to know the technology for which they are responsible. Operation need to know both the infrastructure and the applications they are operating, and so they register the technology from an operational perspective (preferably in a CMDB). In projects, you often see sketches of a technology mapping, as […]

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2 years, 4 months ago

Let’s make Enterprise Architecture SOLID

So many IT departments seems stumble around in the dark, not having a structured overview of the application landscape or the business, and yet Enterprise Architecture promising to remediate this has a hard time gaining traction. Why is this? My conclusion is, that: Enterprise Architecture is not a well-defined discipline. Hiring an Enterprise Architect, you […]