8 years, 1 month ago

Publishing The Art of Enterprise Architecture

As some of you may be aware of I with the help of a wonderful set of people has been reviewing the final script for the book The Art of enterprise Architecture (working title). The plan is to have the book ready to be delivered in time for Christmas, just so you may all either […]

8 years, 11 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section 13 – The use of architects

The mistake of the many Raising a host of all employees and marching them great distances entails heavy loss on the people and a drain on the resources of the Enterprise. The daily expenditure will easily surmount that which can ever be gained. There will be commotion in the organization and the network, and men […]

8 years, 11 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section 12 – The investigation by process

The six ways There are six ways of investigating by process. The first is to go by strategic intent; the second is to follow the business models; the third is to go by information need; the fourth is to trace through application usage; the fifth is to trace through the organizations; the sixth is to […]

8 years, 11 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section 11 – Situations

The art of architecture recognizes nine varieties of situations: When an architect is fighting within his own profession, it is a dispersive situation. When an architect has investigated a problem, but to no great depth, it is a facile situation. When an architect find no alignment on the nature of things, it is a contentious situation. […]

9 years, 4 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section 15 – Balance

In most architecture related works there is a framework. The framework is most often a tool to enable the architects in creating plans and drawings. Another use of the framework albeit mostly from the viewpoint of the authors is to hold the majority of ideas within a reasonable sized knowledge domain.The third and perhaps most […]

9 years, 4 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section 10 – Domains

We may distinguish six kinds of problem domains, to wit Simple; Entangling; Temporizing; Narrow; Precipitous; Location; These six are problem related principles connected with the scene. The architect who has attained a responsible post must be careful to study them. Simple problems Problems which can be easily understood by anyone is called simple. With regard […]

9 years, 6 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section Nine – On the march

We come now to the question of establishing the architecture function within the organization as a whole, and observing signs of change to the architecture from the incoming demands. For this I have 28 insights to share among the five thousand insights you posses. Seek sponsorship from high places, facing the customers. Do not try […]

9 years, 8 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section Eight – Variation in tactics

In work, the Chief Architect receives his instructions from the CEO, collects his team and focuses his resources. When in difficult situations, stay agile and work to seek out possibilities. In situations where high politics intersect, join hands with the stakeholders. Do not stay in dangerously isolated positions, remember it is not your architecture it […]

9 years, 8 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section Seven – Maneuvering

In work, the Chief Architect receives his instructions from the CEO. Having allocated the people, the Chief Architect must build the team by blending and harmonizing the different elements thereof before marketing their services. After that, comes tactical maneuvering to position the team as a high performing unit within the larger organization. The difficulty of […]

9 years, 11 months ago

The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section Six – Strengths and weaknesses

The architects who are first in the field and awaits the coming of the problem, will be fresh for the task; the architects who are second in the field and has to react to the problem will be worn out by the task. Therefore the clever architect imposes his will on the problem, but does […]