21 days ago

Dump the financial incentives!

If you want to understand what our enterprise-architecture disciplines really need to be able to address, take a good long look at the healthcare context. Complexity of every possible kind: whole-of-system interactions, interweaving lifecycles, the urgent mixed in with the long-term –

6 years, 5 months ago

Types of Cost

When planning and measuring business benefits there are three basic contributing elements: revenues, costs and intangibles. If you look for guidance on “types of cost” most sources decompose cost types […]

6 years, 10 months ago

Money, price and value in EA (shorter version)

The previous post on ‘Money, price and value in enterprise-architecture‘ was kinda long, so here’s a (somewhat) shorter summary: Background It’s fundamentally important that enterprise-architectures should incorporate the following assertions: there are many other forms of value besides money in

7 years, 3 months ago

The Future of Money

Alternative Forms of Currency Alternative forms of currency have existed for a long time. Frequent flyer miles are transformable forms of value, they can be exchanged for goods and services….

7 years, 11 months ago

Why the bottom-line doesn’t come first in enterprise-architecture

Yep, it’s red-rag time, folks…  Sometimes I really do despair of ‘enterprise’-architecture that completely fails to understand the difference between enterprise and organisation, or that mistakes the concerns of a single stakeholder group for the aims of the enterprise as a whole…
This came up yet again at the current Open Group conference in Austin. At […]

8 years, 5 months ago

Currency, value and trust

More enterprise-architecture stuff, this time about the relationship between trust, value and money.
This starts from a Tweet by Swedish consultant Oscar Berg, which triggered off a back-and-forth flurry:

oscarberg: The main currencies of business have always been information & trust. They let us exchange favors, goods/money […]

8 years, 5 months ago

On ‘Time=Money’ and other metaphors

“Gotta rush! Time equals money, ya know!”
But does it?
More accurately, are they ever actually equivalent?
It’s not a trivial question – because if they’re not equivalent, just how much damage is that metaphor doing to our enterprise-architectures, business-architectures and much else besides?
Closely related to this is another metaphor: “money equals value”. And that one can do […]