1 year, 1 month ago

Toolsets for enterprise-architecture – another try

What tools and toolsets do we need, to support our work in the architecture of the enterprise as a whole? The short and more cynical answer is “Not what we have right now”. To be blunt, maybe none of the

7 years, 11 months ago

EA metamodel: two questions

Following on from the previous work on EA metamodels, I keep coming back to those two questions from Graeme Burnett: for everything in a context, we need to be able to ask “tell me about yourself?” and “tell me what you’re associated with?”. That focus does help to keep things simple here… (Please remember that […]

7 years, 11 months ago

More on simplified Enterprise Canvas

Following on from the previous post on ‘Simplifying the Enterprise Canvas‘, a few more notes on how to use the notation, and some practical matters on modelling. Perhaps not quite as technical as some of the other recent posts, but I’ll admit that if enterprise-architectures and the like are not of much interest to you, […]

7 years, 11 months ago

Simplifying the Enterprise Canvas

The Enterprise Canvas is a model-type for use in enterprise-architecture, that can be used to describe any aspect of the enterprise, providing a consistent, unified view all the way from strategy to execution. But can we simplify it so as to build support for it in existing EA toolsets? The full specification for Enterprise Canvas […]

7 years, 11 months ago

What’s the point of this ‘EA metamodel’?

I’ve been writing a lot recently about metamodels for enterprise-architecture and the like: but what’s the point? Why bother? Why all this fuss about something that’s way too technical to be of interest to almost anyone in the real workaday world? The real point behind all of this discussion (and there’ve been some really valuable comments […]

7 years, 11 months ago

EA metamodel – the big picture (and the small picture too)

In the various previous posts about EA metamodels, we’ve been exploring some of the detailed structures for toolsets and the like at a very, very low-level. But what’s the big-picture here? What’s the point? So let’s step back for a moment, and look at real-world EA practice. Much of our work consists of conversations with […]

7 years, 11 months ago

EA metamodel – a possible structure

What would this ‘generic modelling metamodel’ look like? And how could we implement it? This continues the work from previous posts on this theme, such as ‘More detail on EA metamodel‘ and ‘EA metamodel and method‘. The legal bit: The aim is that this should contribute towards an open standard, and should not be used […]

7 years, 11 months ago

EA metamodel and method

How would this EA metamodel actually work? And why would we need it, given that we have more than enough frameworks and models already? This follows on from the earlier post ‘More detail on EA metamodel‘, and in particular part of a comment there from Stuart Boardman: I completely agree that method and governance should […]

7 years, 11 months ago

More detail on EA metamodel

Moving on to more detail on that EA metamodel. (By the way, a quick thank-you to Nic Plum and Sally Bean for really helpful peer-reviews on this. ) The legal bit: There’s a heck of a lot of unpaid work that’s gone into this, and also a lot of my own ‘prior art’ on these themes, […]

7 years, 11 months ago

Back to the roots for EA toolset metamodels

Time to get back to the themes from the post ‘More on that enterprise-architecture ‘help wanted’‘, with a focus on toolsets and metamodels. The usual approach to toolsets – just about any kind of toolset, as far as I can tell – is to describe the overall context, knock up a metamodel, and then build […]

8 years, 7 days ago

More on that enterprise-architecture ‘help needed’

Given the responses to my previous post ‘Guess I could do with some help here…‘, seems it’d be useful if I clarify a bit more what kind of help I most need. (Or we need, rather, as an industry and discipline: probably the only ‘I’-part here is that I seem to be one of the […]

8 years, 12 days ago

Guess I could do with some help here…

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been kinda pouring out the posts on enterprise-architecture and the like, over the past few weeks or so… (A few people have complained about the overload, and probably with good reason, too! Oh well. My apologies, anyway.) What’s happening for me is that it seems all of the work […]