9 years, 29 days ago

Fact and propaganda: war and real-time social-media

Right now I should be writing a formal paper on enterprise-architecture and social-media. Instead I’ve been tracking one small yet deeply fascinating (literally…) aspect of the rebellion in Libya: the social-media ‘war’ that’s happening on the LiveBlog pages (e.g. April 27, April 28) of the Al Jazeera English-language website.
I’m a complete outsider, of course, relative […]

9 years, 1 month ago

Why ‘engineering the enterprise’ doesn’t work

Whilst at the AE-Rio 2011 enterprise-architecture conference, I had the pleasure of sitting through yet another presentation by John Zachman. (He’s the only presenter I know who can get away with reading every word of every slide on a very old-fashioned overhead projector. )
Yet much though I like him as a person, and […]

9 years, 1 month ago

Enterprise architecture as language

Each enterprise has its own distinct language. More to the point, the enterprise-architecture is a language.
I probably need to take a step or two back at this point…
For quite some while I’ve been using the metaphor of ‘hologram’ to describe how we collect and store and describe information about the enterprise. Once we’ve done the […]

9 years, 1 month ago

Round in circles on enterprise-architecture

One of the real pleasures of enterprise-architecture is that it covers the entire panoramic panoply of the enterprise, the many ways in which everyone and everything can work together towards a shared goal, creating a common bridge from Why to How to What and When and Where and Who.
One of its huge frustrations, though, is […]

9 years, 2 months ago

Responsibility versus anti-possession as response to disaster

If ever you might need a clear example of the difference between a responsibility-based economy versus a possession-based one, and the fundamental dysfunctionality of the latter, take a look at the international response to the current natural-disaster in Japan, with huge problems arising from a massive earthquake and tsunami all down its north-east coast, and […]

9 years, 2 months ago

An architecture of responsibility

Following on from the previous post on ‘Possessed by possession‘, if it’s true that there is no way to make a possession-based economy sustainable, then it seems worthwhile to take a look at some of the implications.
First, though, a story, and a warning, from history.
I’ll admit I’m no true scholar of Australian Aboriginal history or […]

9 years, 2 months ago

Possessed by possession?

In case you hadn’t noticed, there are some big changes happening right now in the wider world… Lots and lots of them, at every scale and in just about every major context, from political to social, environmental to technological, and much else besides.
Myself, I look at all of these things with an enterprise-architect’s eye – […]

9 years, 3 months ago

Power, people and enterprise-architecture

We really can’t explore the theme of people in enterprise-architecture without addressing the theme – and problem – of power.
In principle, power should be straightforward. The physics definition – roughly speaking – is that power is the ability to do work. Wherever there’s work to be done – in whatever form that that ‘work’ might […]

9 years, 3 months ago

Modelling people in enterprise-architecture

As mentioned in the previous post, one of the key characteristics of ‘crossing the chasm’ to a viable whole-of-enterprise architecture is the explicit inclusion of people. In short, we need to be able to model and map where people fit in relation to the architecture.
But there’s a catch. A big catch. People should not be […]

9 years, 3 months ago

Real EA: crossing the chasm?

One of the practical problems of the innovator’s lifestyle is that, by definition, we tend to work a long way away (metaphorically speaking) from the mainstream. It’s true that there are some real advantages to playing the Outsider role – for example, it’s one of the few ways to bypass the ‘groupthink’ trap. Yet the […]

9 years, 4 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 […]