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Adrian Grigoriu

Open Group goes into mining

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The Open Group Publishes First Global Reference Model for Natural Resources Industry.  The EM Model establishes an operational blueprint for organizations that impacts the definition of business activities across the industry and provides standard operating practices and support for vendors in their delivery of technical and business solutions to the industry." The EM model defines the business processes that span both business and technology...".     "As the first vertical industry standard produced by The Open Group..."

It takes a lot to start defining anew decent business process frameworks.  Yet, aren't there enough process frameworks, specified by industry expert fora at that? Take APQC, TM Forum...  Is Open Group working with these organizations? Is it worth duplicating these efforts?

In any case, is there an industry models roadmap that we can all see so that we know what to expect?  What's next, the metallurgic industry?  Can Open Group share publicly its plans? After all, what is the meaning of "open"?

And, is there a novel TOGAF business model that consists in collecting disparate models and frameworks rather than developing them? 

And, after all, how does the Mining reference model fit into TOGAF? Has the model anything to do with TOGAF in fact? TOGAF maybe in danger of becoming a collection of disjoint "tools".

What do the entities in the EM illustration denote in TOGAF terminology: Processes, Functions, Capabilities...? And what does the model really represent though? A capability map? A process map?

How should professionals use this model within ADM? Does ADM need updating to support the model(s)?

Has Open Group absorbed this "reference model" whole, undigested, as it has done with Archimate? To me, Open Group looks now more like an anaconda that swallows whole its prey only to digest it later, if at all.  And the EM looks like a quick add-on aimed to quell the unrest on the business oriented approach TOGAF promised for some time now.

The problem is that the EM model cannot be generalised. The EM model is too specific to be of use to any other industries. What would  "Discover", "Rehabilitate", "Brown", "Green fields"... mean to other industries? And, as an observation, the few horizontal process bands, that is Control, Measure... seem to have no relationship to the entities (read boxes) on the horizontal.  

I believed that Open Group should have come with a generic model, abstract enough to cover as many industries as possible, rather than with "process" models from all industries, one by one.

And since Open Group seems to pick now  "ready made" work from the industry, here is a proposed generic enough one page business architecture model that may work across industries. Here is the video, the paper, the benefits. This model is complete in that it integrates Value Chains, Streams (Flows), Functions, it shows the typical organization of any enterprise  (operation, development, support and its governance), the key enterprise workflows and the interaction with customers at various stages.  

I can only wish Open Group responds to  the questions above without asking me to become a member and pay that punishing membership fee so that I would be able to give critical input to Open Group's own interest. 

Also, Open Group needs to eat its own dog food.  That is, it may be good to come with its own EA blueprint created with TOGAF. At least we may understand at last how all these parts fit together and see TOGAF at work. Perhaps, TOGAF can return as such more profit to us all rather that to itself alone.

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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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