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On Archimate 3.0

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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Dump the BDAT-stack!

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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Context-perspectives and enterprise-architecture maturity

In what ways does what we do within the enterprise require a different perspective on the enterprise itself? In what ways does our maturity-level – our skills, competence and experience – affect what we can and should do within the

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Spot the difference

“How do I loathe thee, TOGAF? Let me count the ways…” In case anyone thinks that I’m just ‘TOGAF-bashing’ for the sake of it, I do believe that TOGAF has genuine value for what it was originally designed to do, namely architecture

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Spot the difference (short version)

“How do I loathe thee, TOGAF? Let me count the ways…” Okay, maybe not quite that bad – and, to be fair, TOGAF does have definite valid uses. But an enterprise-architecture framework, in the literal sense of ‘the architecture of the

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On layers in enterprise-architecture

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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The stench of systemic decay

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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Metaframeworks in practice, Part 2: Iterative-TOGAF

What methodology-frameworks do we need for broad-scope enterprise-architecture in a human-services government-department? This is the second of five worked-examples of metaframeworks in practice - on how to hack and ‘smoosh-together’ existing frameworks to create a tool that will help people make sense

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Showing my age, I guess…

Am I really showing my age, as an enterprise-architect? Or perhaps I should do even more? Dunno, quite… I had a blog-comment this morning from Christopher Lace, in response to a TOGAF-related blog-post of mine from back in May 2009:

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Enterprise Transformation and Open Group

Enterprise-architecture is dead – long live enterprise-transformation! Or so it would seem, from the description of the current Open Group conference at Cannes. Yet is all as it seems? I’d have to admit that the conference-programme does worry me a bit. Despite

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