For business-continuity after disruption or failure, what’s the first thing we’ll need? Answer: an alternative way to do things. For business-process redesign, what’s the first thing we’ll need? Answer: an alternative way to do things. In both cases, we’ll need …

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There’s a new version of the Archimate enterprise-architecture notation now out: version 3.0, launched at the IRM-EAC Enterprise Architecture conference in London last week. With many thanks to Andrew Josey, Marc Lankhorst, Gerben Wierda and others, I’ve been working my …

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For a viable enterprise-architecture [EA], now and into the future, we need frameworks, methods and tools that can support the EA discipline’s needs. Yet there’s one element common to most of the current mainstream EA-frameworks and notations – such as …

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In enterprise-architecture, how should you describe or model ‘self-service’ – in which the customer, rather than the organisation’s employee, uses the organisation’s systems to place an order, or search for information? The classic way of looking at this is from …

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What’s the current state of mainstream enterprise-architecture? Where is it headed? I’ve just spent the past few days in and around the Open Group’s Amsterdam ‘summit’. (I say ‘in and around’ because I was there officially for just one of …

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How many layers are there in an enterprise-architecture? If we read any of the standard texts, you’ll see there are several popular answers. For example, Archimate says there are three: Business, Application and Technology. TOGAF says there are four: Business, Data, …

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It was the smell that caught my attention first, I guess – the smell of chemicals as I walked through through the front door of their supposedly upmarket offices. But it’s something I’ve come to recognise, to watch for, as …

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In enterprise-architecture, how should we model a human-based ‘application’ such as a customer-service line or reCaptcha or Amazon‘s ‘Mechanical Turk‘? [Note: on a first glance, this all looks really simple. As soon as we delve anywhere beneath the surface, though, it’s …

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Given the responses to my previous post ‘Guess I could do with some help here…‘, seems it’d be useful if I clarify a bit more what kind of help I most need. (Or we need, rather, as an industry and …

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