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The history continues with EA posts from 2011, mainly.Is industry experience a must for an Enterprise Architect?Feb 22, 2012  Does the employer want a specialist or a generalist, the EA architect is? You rarely can get both at the quality and for the price you pay... you would ...Communicating Enterprise ArchitectureFeb... Read More..
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 - 1. What is EA and what is its scope? What is Business Architecture? - 2. What are the deliveries one can expect? And how would they look like. - 3. How do you design the EA?The key few steps. - 4. What would be the key artifacts? - 5. How would the EA governance look... Read More..
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Requirements occupy the central place in the ADM cycle, the architecture development process. Each and every ADM phase seems  to take them into consideration. For what reason though?To begin with, is the ADM about architecture development or the enterprise transformation process?While the first is governed by the enterprise architect, the... Read More..
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The fact that we cannot even agree on what architecture is, never mind what enterprise architecture (EA) is, says a lot about the maturity of the EA discipline that, surprisingly, has so many practitioners and experts today. What is EA delivering then? That explains too why we argue so much about... Read More..
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Eric's analogy about interface and application (see comments for the previous post, Business services versus capabilities) maybe of wider interest and hence, this post.Application may not be the best example though because it would reduce the scope of EA to IT. It would be good though for the EA IT audience,... Read More..
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"How would you compare your Enterprise Architecture implementation (i.e., instance) with your competitor's Enterprise Architecture?" This question was asked by Rubina from my previous post. Since I found it of general interest I post it in the main blog.To start with, without a common understanding (definition, scope, framework ...) there can hardly... Read More..
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FFLV-GODS is an EA methodology (or extended framework...) that integrates the many existing frameworks concepts, classifies them in four different aspects, and integrates them in this framework whole.FFLV-GODS consists of:- 1. The Framework itself describing the EA structure (its layers, views, nodes...). It looks like the contents page of a book. It illustrates its structure... Read More..
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Lauren Carlson asked a question in the Application Strategy 2.0 that most IT departments had to, are or will be confronted with. Do you chose an Integrated Suite or Best of Breed (BoB) solutions?  The answer looks more complicated now by the growing Cloud adoption trend. A Suite adoption decision,... Read More..
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Deloitte initiated, some time ago, a debate on "Does Cloud Computing Make Enterprise Architecture Irrelevant?" asserting that "The world of business technology is shifting to "almost enterprise" applications - a network of smaller, more agile applications that are often hosted remotely, as in cloud computing. With less reliance on... Read More..
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I am elevating this at the blog level since it is an important debate for many of us and well, the posts are too long for a reply. Philip replied to my latest opinion in this debate. We agree to disagree; still, one of us is right and one is wrong,... Read More..
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The Enterprise Architecture relationship to strategy, ontology, design (thinking)... is debated yet again in the EA communities of LinkedIn. Perhaps, that will still happen till we get that EA definition hammered down and agreed, somehow. Still, EA looks like a honey pot around which other rather equally well defined disciplines... Read More..
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It is often said that "life imitates art".  According to Philip Allega of Gartner in "Applying EA to your life" we should apply  Enterprise Architecture techniques to plan our acts of life or achievements.  I sincerely hope we don't come to that, that is use TOGAF or a look alike to plot... Read More..
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 This is an answer to a question to the previous post:Tom: "Please talk to us regarding the business value of these five enterprise architecture capabilities".1.     Strategy Formation, Planning and Alignment2. Emerging Technologies and New Technology Innovation3. Technology Risk and Impact 4. Investment Oversight and Architecture Governance5. Architecture and Transformation1.... Read More..
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I just thought that it is not a bad time to attempt to forecast myself the future of EA given the high interest still attracted by the topic. After all, Gartner does it with profusion of detail.Is Enterprise Architecture going anywhere? This looks like a legitimate question. It is, albeit slowly in... Read More..
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It's worth pointing out again that EA is not in itself about business improvement, technology alignment, strategic planning and portfolio management; EA enables them all though, if properly modelled. As such, to measure Enterprise Architecture value as an EA architect, one needs to evaluate what EA delivers to Enterprise stakeholders, taking... Read More..
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Here are my answers to a few frequently asked questions that get wrong answers.What is Enterprise Architecture (EA)? EA is the Architecture i.e. the blueprint of the Enterprise. It describes its structure and the human and technology resources operating it. The EA structure and operation are embedded in the Enterprise. Long definition: The... Read More..
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What will be the impact of the Cloud on the Enterprise IT and the IT Enterprises (i.e. supplying IT)? Let me post a few thoughts in answer to that.The Cloud represents an enhanced business model of supplying the IT resources supporting your Enterprise operation through outsourcing. It is enabled by... Read More..
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From time to time it is worth assessing the progress of Enterprise Architecture body of knowledge. Not much has happened in the past few years. It was said SOA is dead or at least the hype. With the EA the problem is no better. It is barely moving, that is... Read More..
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The Enterprise Architecture would document your Enterprise and enable the alignment of technology to the operation it supports. The Enterprise operation would be streamlined, duplications reduced, projects grouped in a portfolio with dependencies and priorities, the strategy effectively mapped for execution... In the end, EA facilitates a better understanding of... Read More..
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I have recently seen a request for information on the process of transition to the Cloud Computing business model. Is there such a process? You tell me. But I guess you have your experiences you may want to share. Here is my best try at good practices.My view is... Read More..
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Systems can be placed on premise, outsourced to an off-site cloud or to a number of them. For instance, two or more SaaS systems that connect back to the on-premise infrastructure. Integration works in various ways. Between the private and the public Cloud there maybe a Virtual Cloud approach deployment... Read More..
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This is to draw caution. Service Orientation and Enterprise Architecture are without a doubt, the way. But a careless execution could spell failure for both.   SOA, in a W3C definition, means "a set of components which can be invoked and whose interface definitions can be published and discovered."  A... Read More..
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A house blueprint is designed by the architect and used by the plumber, electrician, owner, potential buyer... It comes with guidance documentation, sometimes. "If you have ever watched a house being built, or if you have ever had an addition put onto an existing house, you know that the standard... Read More..
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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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