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Enterprise Architecture Matters

Adrian Grigoriu

The Enterprise Architecture turns the enterprise management into a science

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There has always been an opinion that, since the environment is so dynamic today, the enterprise management is an art. And that modelling the enterprise does not serve much purpose since it already depicts a past static state.

That in contrast to some proprietary, unexplained and unexplainable artistic approaches that confer the enterprise and the EA the flexibility so much in demand.
They say "to the bin with the EA methods or frameworks". There can be no good one, they continue, for this environment. But indeed, "trust me since I have the flaire, the experience...  

In terms of EA, at least, this stand serves more the EA architect, rather than the EA.

Change in a dynamic environment can be much more easily managed when you have a model of the system, in this case the enterprise. That is why we do EA in the first place, to systematically discover and document what we have. Then one can model change based on the the current processes, systems and organization rather than from a vague impression of that.

The EA is as such a most important step in rendering the enterprise management a science and eventually enable the establishment of professionals rather than artists at the helm of the enterprise. 

The role of the EA architect is, rather than do the entire EA and replace the experts in enterprise matters, to create the framework and guidelines that integrate the EA parts in the whole and do the one page high level EA for everyone to understand own part in the context of the whole.
Stakeholders will do their own part to the degree they need to and required to, to integrate with the EA whole. The EA, as such, is the result of the work of the enterprise stakeholders coordinated by the enterprise architect. 

This way one can keep the effort and costs of an entire EA low since everyone does the work is supposed to in own field.

To enable your EA, check FFLV-GODS at this site http://www.enterprise-architecture-matters.co.uk/home andthe following ebooks on Amazon Kindle "An Enterprise Architecture Development Framework" and "The Enterprise Architecture Matters Blog" and search the terms + author for articles and blogs.

FFLV is a real EA framework that supports the architect in modelling the EA by guiding the form and content of the designs and joining seemlessly the outcoming blueprints in the whole so that the EA can be browsed end to end, analysed and acted upon.

GODS is the first available high level generic business architecture in one page illustrating the enterprise Value Chain, key Functions and Flows joined together which should be further customised to represent your enterprise.

The Strategy Rings is a strategy framework that helps you specify the end state and the strategy for the enterprise transformation.

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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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