What I do, and why

“Are you the guy who writes books?”, asks the young woman behind me in the cafe. Well, yes, I am – but much as for her, it’s taken me a moment or two to recognise her, and then remember the

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Two acronyms: ENDS and MEANS

A bit forced, I’ll admit, but these two acronyms may at least be useful as checklists in enterprise-architecture and beyond. First, ENDS – the reasons or drivers for doing anything: Expectation – What we expect from and in the world,

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Missing the point

It looked fair enough at first, this otherwise innocuous-seeming comment on a recent post of mine, over on LinkedIn: Without information management capabilities how does the organization interact within itself and the broader shared-enterprise. For example the interaction between an

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Slidedeck from IASA Business Architecture eSummit

A couple of days back I did an online session at IASA‘s eSummit on business-architecture. It seemed to go pretty well – I’ve had a few good comments about it since then, which is always a good sign. The theme

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Digital-transformation – it’s about (much) more than just digital

Digital-transformation? We’ve been here before. And if we’re not careful about it, as enterprise-architects and others, we risk making an even worse hash of it than we did on those previous times. Oops… But what is ‘digital transformation’? There are

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IT – it’s about (much) more than just ‘digital-stuff’

Information-technology – what is it? There are so many arguments on this that it’s probably simplest to sidestep the question, and say that¬†information-technology is the technology of information. Kinda straightforward, when we look at it like that. But in which

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Enterprise-architecture – it’s about (much) more than just IT

Enterprise-architecture – what is it? There are so many arguments about this – especially on LinkedIn – that it’s easiest to sidestep the question, and say that enterprise-architecture is the architecture of the enterprise. Kinda straightforward, when we look at

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The long and the short

Yeah, there’ve been complaints. – “Write simpler! “, says one. – “You write so looong!”, says another. – “I have a problem with your blog-posts”, says yet another. “I know I’ll be required to think hard if I read them

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A new direction?

It was a good chat, that serendipitous meeting with an IT-recruiter on the crowded homebound train. We’d managed to grab one of the rare table-seats, so I was able to show her my slidedeck ‘Attracting, retaining and getting the best

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Metatheory and enterprise-architecture

“What’s the theory of enterprise-architecture?”, a colleague asked the other day. “Is there any kind of coherent and consistent theory behind it that holds it all together?” Short answer: no. Slightly longer answer: yes. Or sort-of, rather. Both no¬†and yes

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