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Adrian Grigoriu

Understanding EA frameworks with the IT Architecture Journal

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In "Understanding EA Frameworks" Stephen Lahanas explains the EA frameworks to us.
Quite right Stephen observes that the frameworks have appeared because people noticed that the process of describing the IT of an enterprise looked similar in too many ways.

Still, what EA frameworks are not is a topic best left alone because there are too many items that can be added to the list. 
And while frameworks may not be not patterns they are about a pattern of describing  the enterprise IT after all, as above and patterns of organization.

Also, the EA framework is much more than a metamodel. 
A complete framework should describe the EA

*  Development process 

*  Organization and governance to create and manage the practice

*  Associated or recommended
      -  best practices, tools to assess risks, business case, progress, maturity, value returned
      -  standard views, models, templates, patterns for Information, Application architecture,... 

*  Modelling framework, consisting of:
      -  a generic business architecture showing the basic functions and flows of a business
      -  the framework itself illustrating the EA structuring concepts: layers, views, nodes, links...
      -  a metamodel showing how EA components (nodes, links...) are placed in layers, views
      -  a synoptic EA model showing the key artefacts link together in the whole

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I would also say that from the well known frameworks only TOGAF remains because Zachman is an ontology according to the man himself, and FEA and DODAF are used mainly by Government and Defence.
And TOGAF is a much too rich IT solution development process and a loose collection of practices. 
Hence, what we are left with is our own effort to sort out by ourselves the EA modelling and development process.

But it has to be said at this point that IT architecture without business architecture makes little sense because IT only automates patches of an enterprise operation. 
In any case, the IT architecture neither offers the end to end picture of the enterprise nor illustrates its processes.

Besides, EA is increasingly accepted today as the integrated picture of the  whole enterprise consisting of business, technology and people architectures. 
The IT architecture is only an important view in this big picture.

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Thank you for your postings they are very informative as a student I have learnt a lot.
Would you mind sending me articles that I can use for my assignment? I am currently studying EA and I have an essay to submit on Ea definition as established by EA frameworks. I intent to discuss about the following frameworks in my essay: Zachman's, TOGAF, DODAF, FEA and Gartner frameworks I will further discuss about the advantages of EA to an enterprise in terms of
1. Advantages
2. Value to business enterprise
3. Which aspects of business enterprise stands to benefit from which value of EA.
I u email address is salomiek6@gmail.com
Thank you in advance

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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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