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What is all the fuss about Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the buzzword of the moment . It seems that applying the "cloud" label is a real desire for a lot of people out there in the marketplace. This of course leads to the arguments about whether the "cloud" label is appropriate or just marketing spin. Why on earth is Cloud Computing so appealing? I think there are a lot of factors. I'll outline a few of the main ones below … Trendy To a certain extent delivering a cloud solution suggests that organisations are on the cutting edge of ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 7, 2009 8:36 PM

Enterprise Architecture: liteEA
Every now and again you come across a real gem of a find and www.liteEA.com is one of them! It's pretty obvious that John Chi-Zong Wu has spent quite a considerable amount of time putting together this amazing EA resource! The book section is the most impressive, it literally is a 'how-to' on EA and I've only scratched the surface and it's already been very useful! Do you know what I find surprising? The site counter has only 2369 visits! Which means this is pretty much an undiscovered resource that ......

Posted On Monday, November 26, 2007 5:01 PM

TOGAF 9 is now available !
There really has never been a better time to get into Enterprise Architecture as the global economic downturn means that smart companies will be looking at making efficiency savings through strategic implementations and process streamlining, identification of function duplication and better IT/business alignment. Enterprise Architecture is a hard thing to get off the ground so why try and re-invent the wheel and benefit from the experiences of others in many different organisations. Using a framework ......

Posted On Thursday, February 5, 2009 7:49 PM

Which Enterprise Architecture Methodology do you use?
There is a bewildering array of Enterprise Architecture methodologies so it will be of great interest to me to find out which one people are actually using, if at all. So to find out, I have put together a pick poll so please take the two minutes and leave your choice. You get a chance to select up to 3 options because I suspect that people are using a combination of more than once approach, rather than following one prescriptively. This is purely for interest purposes, I'm not going to use this ......

Posted On Sunday, August 10, 2008 10:24 AM

Enterprise Architecture: Microsoft Architecture Journal Reader
Microsoft have release a really cool tool for downloading and reading the Architecture Journal magazine offline. The new reader is a locally installed application that enables you to read every issue of the Journal into a searchable and easy-to-read form. The application synchronizes with our content management services so that you'll automatically have access to the latest Journal issues without needing to download PDF files or checking online. Please note the tool is still in Beta so there is bound ......

Posted On Thursday, November 29, 2007 4:56 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Data has a life and a death but should it?
I have this belief that understanding how to manage time is an essential task of Enterprise Architecture but oddly this is a principle that isn't spoken about much, if at all. Oddly some Enterprise Architecture software tools only seem to provide time management tools for software support life cycles. Hence a previous post that went in some way to start the debate with a mindmap to capture and categorise the elements that Enterprise Architecture would be interested in. After reviewing this mindmap ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 12:53 AM

Enterprise Architecture Scheduler
Many Enterprise Architecture methodologies talk about the management of time but I haven't found one that tells you how to do to that. For a practice that is about understanding the now and the step to achieving the to be, I find this an amazing oversight. Anyway, so what I decided to do was to have a go at capturing all the relevant timing information that an Enterprise Architect would be interested in. Hence the attached Mindmap, which you can click into. If you prefer you can come and join in ......

Posted On Friday, July 25, 2008 10:36 PM

Help your organisation to go Green, use Enterprise Architecture?
Paul Homan recently commented on Green EA which set my mind thinking ... 'being more Green' is a strategic ambition and what is the process and practice for generating strategic change? Enterprise Architecture! When EA's are struggling to find some ROI reason to justify their existence in the economic down-turn amazingly one of the main ROI reasons is one of the biggest issues of our time as the 'Return' doesn't literally mean monetary and also doesn't necessarily mean more? ... it can also mean ......

Posted On Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:33 AM

Lite EA is renamed Coherent EA
John Wu is a good guy. Out of respect for Fenix Theuerkorn and his work on Lightweight Enterprise Architecture, John has decided to rename his EA Methodology from LiteEA To Coherent EA. Coherent EA is a actually a better, more descriptive name for John’s work IMHO and as a regular contributor to the ITToolbox conversations his methodology has the benefit of faster development from genuine experience than most of the others I could mention. I certainly have benefited from Coherent EA in the past and ......

Posted On Monday, July 21, 2008 9:57 PM

The first problem with Enterprise Architecture is the name!
Job titles are often effortless in their descriptiveness. Project Manager, Business Analyst, System Tester and .Net Developer are good examples because the subject is concise and the predicate modifies successfully, all meaning some semblance of what a person does can be derived from it. However with 'Enterprise Architecture' and 'Enterprise Architect' it’s not entirely obvious what the position is and what someone holding that position does, inevitably leading to the need for further description ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:32 PM

'So what is Enterprise Architecture?' ... why can't we agree on a definition and the risk if we can't.
Ask almost any Enterprise Architect and more seriously anyone who has to work with Enterprise Architects, what Enterprise Architecture is? and I guarantee you will get a great number of differing responses. Yes, obviously you will get a number that that only describe their individual relationship and won't fully encompass the role but then again will they know the rest of what an Enterprise Architect can do? ... and if they don't know and they are a manager could they make a mistake and create another ......

Posted On Friday, June 6, 2008 4:06 PM

Enterprise Architecture is a Joke
Jeff Schneider over at Momentumsi has stirred up some EA’s with his post Why Enterprise Architecture is a Joke in particular John McGovern with this post which Jeff Schneider replied to with this. In Jeff's post, point 3 hit home the most ... "3. Silo Organizations promote Silo Funding. Many EA's never had a chance. They live in organizations that fund everything according to business silo's. Then, the EA is expected to bridge the silos with nickle and dime funding. Their inability to perform Herculean ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 4, 2008 10:19 PM

Glossary of Terms for Architects
Graham Berrisford has set aside part of his website with a project to create a Glossary of Terms for Enterprise and Solution Architects. I think this is a simple and fantastic idea as discovering what words and acronyms mean is actually a pain in the neck. Yes, Wikipedia is great but sometimes a simple sentence rather than a full page of explanation is all that is required. Also, acronyms like 'MDA' have several meanings depending on context so it is handy to have a resource that is from the Architects ......

Posted On Monday, June 2, 2008 10:51 PM

Enterprise Architecture: The Disconnect Between Theory and Reality
I took up Mike Walkers offer in the previous posts comment section to look at his post entitled Making Sense of Architecture Standards and found it an ideal steer on what standards are out there, where they are positioned, how they fit together and who will use them and when to use them. However, what soon dawned on me was that the disconnect between theory and particular context is huge! Many of the standards are no more than helpful steers that as yet don't offer that distilled level of knowledge ......

Posted On Thursday, May 1, 2008 5:45 PM

Enterprise Architecture: TOGAF Certification
Recently I attended a TOGAF certification course up in merry old London town run by Architecting the Enterprise (AtE). My certification should show up in the list of other 5000 odd architects that have passed in the next few weeks. So what is TOGAF in a nutshell? Well it's a very generic architecture framework that helps build, in a non-prescriptive way, how to develop parts of an Enterprise Architecture capability. Notice the caveats, 'very generic', 'non-prescriptive', 'develop parts'. What am ......

Posted On Friday, April 18, 2008 11:38 AM

Who Will Write Tomorrows Code?
The BBC's Bill Thompson in his recent blog post about the state of IT development in the UK has hit the nail on the head "Universities have seen applications for computer science degrees fall off, schools do not encourage students to do computing at GCSE and A Level and primary school children are trained as users not as programmers." Recent reports from the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research) indicate that skilled migration workers, specifically ......

Posted On Thursday, April 3, 2008 8:54 AM

Managing your Mind. Mindmaps, a handy tool for the Enterprise Architect.
OK, so techniques for managing our time are common place such as calendars and to-do lists. But what about managing your thinking? Being an Architect is a practice, not a process, so arguable the most important tool we have is our brain as it is our central repository for knowledge and logic but it's not like a computer. Often useful information comes flowing out it, almost randomly in no particular order that's if your lucky. Sometime the brains requires some exploration and provocation to tease ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2008 2:46 PM

Software is no substitution.
Recently I’ve been paying visits to vendors in the Enterprise Architecture market. It became pretty obvious to me that I was falling into a classic trap and that is that software's a tool for an EA, it doesn’t define it! Der yeah! It’s a newbie rule to work out the requirement first before going shopping. However in reality it does often happen simple because people use trips like this to work out what they have to do. This situation comes around by purely lack of knowledge that causes symptom such ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 5:41 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Paul Homan
Recently I have had the pleasure to work with Paul Homan and benefit from his wealth of experience in Enterprise Architecture which is considerable. His CV is impressive having held the role of Enterprise Architect for seven years in the wild, sat on the Open Group Architecture Executive Forum and had a hand in shaping TOGAF since version 2. He *may* even be the reason why we have the infamous TOGAF crop circles. So Paul is without doubt a thought leader in the EA space. Paul has decided that it's ......

Posted On Friday, December 21, 2007 9:35 AM

Enterprise Architecture Release 0.1
Over the last few weeks I've been off the radar knuckling down to complete the first release of our Enterprise Architecture. We decided that the as our group was small what it would take a great deal of time to produce a full blown EA, so we decided to deliver very small parts frequently and often each new increment coming every 4-6 weeks. The initial release contains only the Charter and a Release Schedule, the intended audience was the IT Director and the direct reports, the purpose was to put ......

Posted On Saturday, December 15, 2007 12:04 PM

Codename "Oslo", Microsoft's next generation SOA thinking.
Oslo is the codename for technical thinking aimed specifically at simplifying designing, building, managing and scaling of service-oriented and composite applications that can span from the enterprise to the Internet. It is thought the first version of Oslo will be delivered through the next versions of our application platform products such as Microsoft Visual Studio 10, Microsoft System Center 5, BizTalk Server 6, BizTalk Services 1 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4. So, we are talking a 18 months ......

Posted On Monday, December 3, 2007 10:51 PM

Is the Open Source debate important to Enterprise Architecture?
I first started coding at the age of 10 on a Commodore Vic 20. Last week I finally un-installed Visual Studio 2003 on my laptop because I need the space and I never touch it. It was sad admitting that I don't code and my role does not require me to. If I did find myself coding then I probably shouldn't because there is so much else to do and we have more than a few guys and girls that will happily do the job and only a couple doing EA. Yep, I get the argument that a good architect should have more ......

Posted On Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:46 PM

Enterprise Architecture Roles
It’s pretty clear that ‘Enterprise Architecture’ and ‘Enterprise Architect’ is considerably more than one role. As such the practice of EA isn’t very efficient because it is a ‘jack of multiple disciplines and master of none’. Naturally specialisms will occur to make up for inefficiencies and will then continue to adapt and evolve. During this process I can also see a consensus on what these new roles will be called and a broad definition and responsibilities, this will occur as we try to find people ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:41 PM

Next round of Enterprise Architecture Practice v Process Slanging Match!
I've just caught up the latest installment in the " 'To Process' or 'Not To Process' " debate that has become a blogger slanging match between James McGovern, Robert McIlree and James Robertson played out in the comments sections and blog posts. To summarise the debate has moved on from whether EA is just a set of processes or whether it's a practice. My pitch was that it's actually both and applied appropriately. So a debate about direction and ethos. So a pointless opportunity for procrastination? ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2007 5:27 PM

Enterprise Architecture and Customer 2.0
Microsoft's Nick Malik has written a thought provoking piece on understanding the customer and how EA should rise to the challenge of aligning Business and IT be focusing on the customer needs. Essentially, I agree with the sentiment whoever i disagree on a couple of huge monster key points ... 1) I don't believe that the average customer is that tech-savvy! Yep, they dabble and it's enough to get by, but code up mash-ups ... are you joking? Seriously? I can see how Microsoft's vision of the world ......

Posted On Monday, November 26, 2007 3:54 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Foundation of Execution
I first came across the phase “Foundation of Execution” after reading the book Enterprise Architecture as Strategy, Harvard Business School Press which was recommended by my colleague Andrew Galletly. Foundation of Execution simply means the automation of routine business tasks. Doing this allows people to concentrate on improving the business rather than just purely running it. Does this sound obvious? Well yes! So often the link between a good company and a bad one is this realisation and agressively ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 3:42 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Architecture by Conversation
Aloof Schipperke (Aloof Architecture) has hit the nail of the head, where is the conversation? “As I continued to ponder the topic, I came up with a list which reflects part of the problem. • Projects are not conversations • Meetings are not conversations • Presentations are not conversations • Email storms are not conversations Hmm... Too bad we're talking about the lynchpins of modern business.” So, we have newer smarter ways of having a one-sided conversation. I remember many years back I sat ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:41 PM

Enterprise Architecture: Thoughts on IT & Business Alignment
Thank you James McGovern for creating a post out of the comments left on your blog. Now I'm going to add a bit more meat to the bones. The age old battle between Formalism (Creating a system of rules that can determine the outcome of any case, without reference to external norms) and Hermeneutics (interpretation and understanding of social events by analysing their meanings to the human participants and their culture) is played out everyday in businesses, board-room and bus-stops all over the world ......

Posted On Monday, October 22, 2007 9:15 PM

SOA is getting killed!
Zapthink's recent article on Who's Killing SOA? hit the nail on the head to the reasons why SOA is not succeeding! However, reading the article I think that Zapthink has missed the two main reasons why SOA is currently not succeeding. 1) Education - I believe that people in Business & IT are not completely clued up on what SOA is in enough detail to implement it. 2) United Vision - People in Business and IT do not have a united vision of what SOA is and do not have a complete enough understanding ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 9, 2007 10:49 PM

My take on what Enterprise Architecture is?
So what is Enterprise Architecture (or EA for short) ? Before you reach for the Wikipedia definition which will just leave your brain hurting, try this on for size as your elevator pitch: "Enterprise Architecture is the practice of applying methods for describing current and future technology and supporting practices to align them with your organisation's core goals and strategic direction." Yep, you guessed it, Enterprise Architecture is about Strategy and that's it in a nutshell. As usual in the ......

Posted On Saturday, September 1, 2007 7:20 PM

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