Signs of movement at the EA Corral

At last, a vendor model of enterprise-architecture that doesn’t assume that the enterprise-architecture world begins and ends with IT. This is from Metastorm, who now own the ProVision EA toolset.

EA pyramid from Metastorm

The main product page shows the usual oh-yawn ‘business architecture is really part of IT’ hierarchy. By contrast, the image above is from their ‘Snapshot on Business Architecture‘ white-paper, which shows they’ve at last realised that ‘business engineering’ (for which read ‘human-based processes’) need to be addressed separately yet in parallel with the IT-based processes. From my view, this is still a long way from complete – it needs the machine-based dimension as well, and a lot more clarity than just dumping everything below architecture into ‘Physical World’. But the fact that this does cover a broader scope than just IT is an important step.

Presumably this shows where their thinking is going rather than what they’re actually doing as yet, because last time I saw ProVision (a few months back) the toolset didn’t support anything like this. And unfortunately ProVision is the only serious EA toolset I know that has no scripting language, which means there’s no way to do workarounds for the product’s inevitable limitations. But at least it’s a start: signs of movement at last.

(Many thanks to Peter Tseglakof at Australia Post for the link.)

One comment on “Signs of movement at the EA Corral
  1. We have come across a Metastorm ProVision Forum – it seems to be the only one around?

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