5 months, 17 days ago

Our value proposition

What is the highest you can achieve as an architect? To satisfy your customers? To make the optimal architecture for a problem area? Seeing the architecture through to implementation? Just give it a moment to think. What would make you really proud? For us the biggest achievement is to take part of establishing an architecture…

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5 months, 26 days ago

Belief #10 Best architecture practices value communication and stakeholder engagement over intricate modelling

Have you ever created a well-defined and precise model describing the architecture of your project or business – only to see that it is not really used? You end up with outdated diagrams, a beautiful meta-model and an advanced modelling tool that can generate reports and XML, while your key stakeholders keep discussing their stupid…

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6 months, 22 days ago

Belief #9 Best architectures are scoped top-down and validated bottom-up

Have you ever endured “ivory-tower architectures”?  In belief #3 we looked at the need for a business purpose-driven approach. We also explained how the opposite approach with technology- or vendor-centric architectures, drive us to “IT projects” and solutions with no clear business ownership and low flexibility. All too often, we build “software capabilities” instead of “business capabilities”.  In belief #7 we looked at the value of keeping together what is common and separating…

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6 months, 22 days ago

Belief #9 Best architectures are scoped top-down and validated bottom-up

Have you ever endured “ivory-tower architectures”?  In belief # 3 we looked at the need for a business purpose-driven approach. We also explained how the opposite approach with technology- or vendor-centric architectures, drive us to “IT projects” and solutions with no clear business ownership and low flexibility. All too often, we build “software capabilities” instead of “business capabilities”.  In belief # 7 we looked at the value of keeping together what is common…

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7 months, 11 days ago

Belief #8 Best Architectures are embedded with the change organization

Have you ever considered how architecture should be placed in relation to change initiatives in the organization?  That is the topic of this belief. Irrespective of how we organize change in our organization, the architecture function has to be an integral part of it. It shall not be someone trying to advise or govern the change organization from the outside.   The first reason for this is to ensure alignment between…

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7 months, 11 days ago

Belief #8 Best Architectures are embedded with the change organization

Have you ever considered how architecture should be placed in relation to change initiatives in the organization?  That is the topic of this belief. Irrespective of how we organize change in our organization, the architecture function has to be an integral part of it. It shall not be someone trying to advise or govern the change organization from the outside.   The first reason for this is to ensure alignment between…

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8 months, 16 days ago

Belief #7 Best architectures keep together what is common and separate what is not

Have you ever wondered, what the grand old principle of separating concerns really means? There are many concerns! Yet in our mind separating concerns is imperative for creating simple and flexible architectures. Let’s have a look at the following example: Someone in my organisation suggest that we solve our data sourcing problems by having all…

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8 months, 16 days ago

Belief #7 Best architectures keep together what is common and separate what is not

Have you ever wondered, what the grand old principle of separating concerns really means? There are many concerns! Yet in our mind separating concerns is imperative for creating simple and flexible architectures. Let’s have a look at the following example: Someone in my organisation suggest that we solve our data sourcing problems by having all…

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10 months, 13 days ago

Belief #6 Best architectures are contextual

Have you ever been told that you could save a lot of time and discussion if you adopted a standard and then safeguarded it with no customisations? The rationale behind the statement is typically that you should not invent it yourself when there is a well-recognized international standard. However, we have more than once experienced…

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10 months, 13 days ago

Belief #6 Best architectures are contextual

Have you ever been told that you could save a lot of time and discussion if you adopted a standard and then safeguarded it with no customisations? The rationale behind the statement is typically that you should not invent it yourself when there is a well-recognized international standard. However, we have more than once experienced…

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11 months, 9 days ago

Belief #5 Best architectures enable organisational agility

Have you ever experienced that your architecture is limiting your agility? We have indeed and often it is because of no or too much architecture guidance. We have also experienced people stating agility is about fast changes, and therefore contradicts the up-front creation of architecture. We agree that agility is the ability of an organization…

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