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Enterprise Architecture Matters

Adrian Grigoriu

The organization and social aspects of an Enterprise Architecture

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Nick Gall's post speaks about organization and motivating people as part of an EA workday. The organization architecture, the 3rd architecture tier of an EA as I call it, is invaluable, since it brings all enterprise stakeholders around the table. In practice though, when I suggested slight adjustments to the chart to align the organization and EA, the feedback was less than thrilling. After all, we are all hired to serve in IT.

Nevertheless, the point is that when you compare the organization chart with the enterprise blueprint you will observe differences that could be ironed out. That is, in case you have a blue print or a capability map at least. 

I realise though that an organization works poorly, if mechanically partitioned alone, without taking into account its soul as well, the human culture, relationships and motivation as pointed out.

As an architect I enable as such the EA, by adding to the framework a social architecture point of view that permits the description of the collaboration and communication patterns that once analysed and acted upon, may enhance the usage of enterprise human resources in conjunction with technology. 


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Adrian Grigoriu blogs about everything relating to enterprise and business architecture, SOA, frameworks, design, planning, execution, organization and related issues.

Adrian Grigoriu

Adrian is an executive consultant in enterprise architecture, former head of enterprise architecture at Ofcom, the spectrum and broadcasting U.K. regulatory agency and chief architect at TM Forum, an organization providing a reference integrated business architecture framework, best practices and standards for the telecommunications and digital media industries. He also was a high technology, enterprise architecture and strategy senior manager at Accenture and Vodafone, and a principal consultant and lead architect at Qantas, Logica, Lucent Bell Labs and Nokia. He is the author of two books on enterprise architecture development available on Kindle and published articles with BPTrends, the Microsoft Architecture Journal and the EI magazine. Shortlisted by Computer Weekly for the IT Industry blogger of the year 2011.

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