5 months, 16 days ago

Rolling Review

I have long argued for the benefits of an outside-in view of business architecture. In 2008-9, Tony Bidgood and I developed a worked example based on the fictional delivery company Springfield Parcels, to illustrate a range of different business improv…

1 year, 8 months 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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2 years, 2 months ago

If all you have is a hammer…

Have you ever experienced business people express their need in the shape of the tool they want to upgrade with a new feature or integration? Perhaps they have also specified where the needed data can be sourced from. These dedicated people believe they are helping the “IT people” to deliver faster by being concrete and…

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2 years, 2 months ago

Belief #3 Best architectures enable purpose driven business outcomes

Have you ever encountered technology- or vendor-centric architectures? Our guess is you have seen something like this, because it is rather common. The rationale is often that we want a common technical platform (and software vendor) for all applications in a given area. This will ensure we have everything in the same solution and only…

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3 years, 11 months ago

GDPR – Gaining accountability using Enterprise Architecture

By now most companies should have heard about the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation The deadline is looming ever closer., and there are some hefty fines for companies that fail to implement it. The penalties for not complying with the legislation are potentially going to put a huge dent in your profits and […]

5 years, 2 months ago

Enterprise Architecture and Target Operating Models

How often is an established Enterprise Architecture approach used to create a Target Operating Model? If the answer is not often, then why not? If the answer is yes all the time, then how should we go about creating one ? Are traditional consultancy approaches to target operating models good enough? What is an Operating […]

8 years, 3 months ago

Intersection and branding

I’m reading a great new book called Intersection: How Enterprise Design Bridges the Gap Between Business, Technology, and People by Milan Guenther The book discusses modern Enterprise Architecture perspectives like the Outside In approach and provides a holistic design lead approach that is focus more on the customer than on the underlying applications, technology and infrastructure. […]

8 years, 5 months ago

Outside In

How often do you see customer journeys, customer events and scenarios modelled in an Enterprise Architecture model? Not often, if at all I suspect. In my opinion, the ‘Enterprise’ in Enterprise Architecture should include all those stakeholders that are engaged with an organisation. This include all those suppliers and service providers to the left hand […]