6 months, 10 days ago

“All Standards are Wrong”?

By Kees van den Brink, Senior Manager Platform Architect, ServiceNow.

This blog title is derived from the famous quote by George E.P. Box from his paper “Science and Statistics”:

Box made this statement in relation to the use of statistical models by scientists, but I’ve found that it applies equally well to the use of open standards by enterprise architects and other digital practitioners.

Key take away from this blog:
o Standards can be useful when you:
o Learn and adopt from what makes sense
o Reject what does not fit
o Want to know more: Read “The Turning Point: A Novel about Agile Architects Building a Digital Foundation”


Frankly, standards can be very helpful and are necessary, like the TCP/IP standard, or even old standards such as the Baudot Code (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baudot_code), which helped early instances of what would later be called telecommunications companies grow fast, or the ISO Standards, which help with interoperability.

However, there are a lot of lesser-known standards that are not getting such broad adoption. Examples that come to mind are the IT4IT™ Standard, TOGAF® Standard, BIZBOK®, etc.

6 months, 16 days ago

Are Standards “The Turning Point” for Agility?

I consider open standards a huge time saver when getting started on any architecture engagement. I would like to start a conversation here about the use of architecture standards for agility in a digital transformation. In the comments, would you please answer the following question?:

Which standards have you tried using, to solve which problems, and what benefits did you receive?

To get this started, here are some of the standards we opted to include in a book I recently co-authored with Kees van Brink and Sylvain Marie called, “The Turning Point: A Novel about Agile Architects Building a Digital Foundation.” The novel tells the story of Enterprise Architects and other characters in a company who recently went through a merger and who use several standards together to accelerate a Digital Transformation, including these standards from The Open Group

10 months, 29 days ago

The Open Group Virtual Event Celebrates 25 Years of Open Technology Standards October 25-27, 2021- Highlights

Last week, The Open Group Open Digital Standards October 2021 brought together organizations and speakers from across the world to discuss how the cross-industry development of open standards is helping businesses become digital-first. The global event was hosted in Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. The event commemorated The Open Group 25th anniversary – acknowledging and reminiscing the remarkable achievements in the technology standards arena. Over 2,600 attendees from more than 100 countries gathered virtually to to share in the celebration and learn more about open technology standards.

1 year, 6 months ago

Implementing Open Agile Architecture practices, with Continuous Architectural Refactoring

A description of the author’s recent experience implementing Open Agile Architecture practices on projects. This post focuses on continuous architectural refactoring, particularly planning, understanding and guiding the architecture. Working on an enterprise SaaS application, continuously evolving to support existing and new customers and use cases.

1 year, 6 months ago

Implementing Open Agile Architecture practices, with Continuous Architectural Refactoring

A description of the author’s recent experience implementing Open Agile Architecture practices on projects. This post focuses on continuous architectural refactoring, particularly planning, understanding and guiding the architecture. Working on an enterprise SaaS application, continuously evolving to support existing and new customers and use cases.

1 year, 7 months ago

Sell this to your boss: Enablement Architecture

The 2020 BiZZdesign Connect Conference has concluded and we’re happy to say it was a tremendous success! Our theme and proposition for you this year was Designing Better Enterprises, and apparently the rest of the world found it really relevant. So man…

1 year, 8 months ago

Providing Customer-Driven Value With a TOGAF® based Enterprise Architecture

Traditionally, business processes have been the principal mean of interaction with business stakeholders for Enterprise Architects. As for the notion of business capability, it is a more recent concept also often used in enterprise architecture. Business capabilities allow a better understanding of how software applications are supporting the business, as very well explained in this video entitled “TOGAF® Business Architecture: Business Capability Guide”. Often, some new business capabilities have no supporting applications, while other older capabilities have too many. Both concepts alone fail to capture the value that an agile customer-driven organization must undertake to keep and grow its market share with more and more rapid and continuous innovative changes and more informed customers that are forcing them to have more fluid business strategies.

1 year, 8 months ago

Enterprise Architecture in 2021: Resilience and Adaptivity

The 2020 BiZZdesign Connect Conference has concluded and we’re happy to say it was a tremendous success! Our theme and proposition for you this year was Designing Better Enterprises, and apparently the rest of the world found it really relevant. So man…

1 year, 8 months ago

3 Enterprise Architecture Trends that Will Define 2021—and Beyond

The 2020 BiZZdesign Connect Conference has concluded and we’re happy to say it was a tremendous success! Our theme and proposition for you this year was Designing Better Enterprises, and apparently the rest of the world found it really relevant. So man…