'Real Enterprise Architecture' book

Cover for ‘Real Enterprise Architecture’ book

This is the cover for the first in my new ‘Tetradian Enterprise Architecture’ series, which went off to proof-press a couple of days ago. Aim was to have it ready in time for the TOGAF Glasgow conference on enterprise-architecture – looks like I’ll just miss that date, but should have the proof-copy to take with me at least. 🙂

(The PDF of the previous version is still online on the Tetradian site for the while, but I’ll replace it with a proper screen-oriented e-book when I get the new Tetradian Books website up in the next couple of weeks.)

Next off the stack in the Enterprise Architecture series:

  • Bridging the Silos: enterprise-architecture for IT-architects – a kind of ‘conversion-course’ to whole-of-enterprise architecture, for people already familiar with IT-architecture ‘standards’ such as Zachman, TOGAF and PRINCE2 [scheduled publication: late May or early June]
  • SEMPER: measuring enterprise effectiveness – description and use of the SEMPER diagnostic, used to assess effectiveness and ‘ability to do work’ in each of the domains and sub-domains in the framework in the Real Enterprise Architecture book [scheduled publication: June]
  • Power and Response-Ability: the human side of systems – a more discursive review, somewhat in the style of Charles Handy, around the business impact of a core theme of the tetradian model, power as ‘the ability to do work’ [scheduled publication: late June or early July]

I already have most of the material to hand for these: I wrote a full version of Power and Response-Ability back in 2001, for example, but it needs a re-edit to bring it up to date.

Depending on the response to my presentation at the TOGAF conference, I may also aim to get out a smallish book on the Viable Services Model and the ‘service-oriented enterprise’, but that’ll take a bit longer – probably into August or September, at a guess.

[On the cover-design: I’ve unashamedly lifted from the style of one of my favourite IT publishers, O’Reilly – the main difference being that I’ll be using Victorian wood-engravings that show people, not animals. I wanted to contrast a very plain, almost bland, form of typography with the quirky, very human view of the images, to give the sense that yes, this is straight business or whatever, but also a different way of looking at each domain. I’ve dug up enough images from the Dover archives to keep me going for a few books at least – but comments or suggestions, anyone?]

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