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Why before who

Does the customer always come first? Do customer-needs drive everything? For that matter, is the customer always right? There’s been quite a lot of promotion of such ideas in my Twitter-stream lately, but I kinda have my doubts on all

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Posted in Business, Enterprise architecture, Power and responsibility

My ‘EA Masterclass’ coming to Australia

What’s the last stage of learning any skill? Answer: ya gotta teach it… And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing down in Australia, starting late next month. Some while ago I said that at last I’d Got Round To It

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Posted in Business, Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Futures, Knowledge

Insights from #ogAMS

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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Posted in Business, Enterprise architecture, Futures

Enterprise Canvas for government regulator

A really nice quick-question from David Baxter: Can Enterprise Canvas be modified for use by a government regulator? The quick answer is, yes, of course – it’s a generic model for how services of any type interrelate with each other:

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Posted in Business, Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture

To change the structure, change the story

This one starts from a question from Arif Mustafa, an IT-strategy and enterprise-architecture consultant with Toyota Canada, over in Toronto: Why (newer) enterprises like, say Google, Facebook, Amazon etc are able to create culture of collaborative-innovation where companies like IBM

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Keep the focus on the right market!

If enterprise architecture at present is perhaps too WEIRD and too WIRED, how would we describe current management models? And if they’re as mistaken and misfocused as enterprise-architecture still seems to be, what impact does that have on their organisations

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Posted in Business, Enterprise architecture, Society

Playing ‘pass the grenade’?

Are you playing ‘pass the grenade’ with your business? Is your entire industry doing it? And if so, what can you do to defuse the metaphoric grenade? What’s the ‘grenade’? Well, it’s kinda like a hot-potato – except that you’ll

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Posted in Business, Enterprise architecture

Forrester’s ‘EA 2020′

Gettin’ there… the ‘big-name’ consultancies, yep, they¬†are gettin’ there. Slowly… Nice example today was an auto-notification from Forrester about their new enterprise-architecture report, ‘EA 2020 – The Transformation Of EA In The Age Of The Customer‘. It’s written by a

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EA toolsets – time to get on the cluetrain?

It was an interesting little insight – one of those things that just seem to arise spontaneously sometimes, out of the aether, at the right kind of conference. The first part was a panel-session: five different vendors, each with their

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Managers, leaders and hierarchies

Is ‘manager’ the same as ‘leader’? Are leaders always managers? And are hierarchies – and, in particular, classic management-hierarchies – always a natural, necessary and unavoidable fact of (larger) enterprises? These questions came up for me whilst reading three articles

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