Gabriel Morgan

Sharing experience as I help manage Microsoft Corp as an Enterprise Architect, Business Strategist, Business Performance Manager, Business Architect and Solution Architect. Twitter:@Gabriel_Morgan

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  • Blog Post: Enterprise Architecture: First stop, Building Architecture, then on to a Science!

    The Building Architecture industry is frustrated with IT Architecture. There is so much interest among IT Architecture forums to mature to the level of Building Architecture that many in the world are very confused. Building Architects looking for resources on the internet for Building Architecture resources...
  • Blog Post: IT Organizations, like any Business Support Organization, Deliver Business Value

    As one traverses organizations in a company, the further you get from a business group responsible for producing products and services that generate revenue, the more difficult it is to describe the business value delivered. Among all the Business Support organizations in a company (eg Sales, Support...
  • Blog Post: Business Architecture is Business Performance Management with Engineering Rigor

    I’ve been performing a Business Architect role within the Enterprise Architecture function over the past few years and wanted to share some opinions I’ve formed to help jog, and possibly advance, the thinking in the space of Business Architecture by colliding Traditional Business Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for the Enterprise

    I'm noticing a lot of great improvements in Enterprise Architecture Frameworks, namely FEAF, TOGAF, Gartner EAF and ITIL (Yes, I see ITIL as an EAF now). They are embracing similar improvement themes like Business Strategy linkage, enabling agile business via Service-Oriented Architecture approaches...
  • Blog Post: The formula for Agility

    Months ago I published a blog about how to implement system quality attributes ( found here ). In that article I asserted that Solution Architects should deliberately design systems for high quality and I provided a means for doing this. Because the point of software, or so I assert, is to automate business...
  • Blog Post: How SaaS, S+S impact an Enterprise Architect

    Mike Walker wrote a great thought-provoking blog post on the implications SaaS has on Enterprise Architecture . Although he noted some very interesting points, I thought I’d extend this a bit and describe the impact of my life as it pertains to SaaS because coincidentally, I'm an Enterprise Architect...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Architecture Mapping Artifacts - They are very powerful so be very, very careful

    I wrote a blog ( found here ) describing the relationship from Business Strategy to other Business Architecture concepts and several IT concepts. I also introduced a few new concepts to the traditional view; Business Capabilities, Solution Domains and Data Facets that are fundamental to manage larger...
  • Blog Post: Traceability from Biz Strategy to Application to Data to Hardware...

    Recently, I’ve had a number of conversations with folks regarding concepts at the enterprise-level mostly focused on traceability from some architecture concept to Business Strategy. After all, if someone asserts an architecture concept and it isn’t traceable to a Business Strategy there is a natural...
  • Blog Post: Top-down, Bottom-up...but what is the 'Middle'?

    There was a recent conversation between several folks on the topic of what Top-down is versus what Bottom-up is. I think of these two terms as analysis approaches similar to the OSI Seven Layer Model which clearly describes what is up and what is down. Using the OSI Seven Layer Model as a metaphor, ...
  • Blog Post: 'Capability' - the micro-trendy word on its way to failure unless...

    Is it just me or is the word ‘capability’ becoming a micro-trendy word and losing its meaning? I personally liked it b/c I love ways in which to communicate at abstract levels however it is so overloaded these days that I now try to avoid it and find myself cringing when hearing it misused. In...
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