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  • Blog Post: Mapping Current State Architectures across the Enterprise

    All the time I get the questions about how to do current state architecture or “as-is” architecture at executive briefings (EBC), at events or through our customers. Recently I was asked about this in regards to an effort a large enterprise that is undergoing an effort to map out what their current architecture...
  • Blog Post: Infosys' Enterprise Architecture Survey 2008 - 2009

    Last week Sohel Aziz’s Enterprise Architecture (EA) team at Infosys released there annual EA survey from their very large customer base. You can download the comprehensive report of the EA survey from their Enterprise Architecture Services portal . Also if you have a chance check out their EA Blog ....
  • Blog Post: Open Group merger with the Global Enterprise Architecture Organization (GEAO)

      There is more big news on the Open Group front these days with the just announced a merger with the Global Enterprise Architecture Organization (GEAO) that will affect the worldwide Enterprise Architecture (EA) professional community. The union between the Association of Open Group Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Pragmatic Approach to Describing Solution Architectures

    I just published a new article on the Microsoft Enterprise Architecture Center entitled, A Pragmatic Approach to Describing Solution Architectures . In this article, we will explore how architectures traditionally have been designed and described. By understanding where we have come from, we then can...
  • Blog Post: TOGAF 9 Release and Impressions

    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of talking with Allen Brown , president of the Open Group regarding the latest TOGAF release . Thanks to Allen and his team for taking the time to chat about the new aspects of TOGAF 9 . All the details of this release will be available today on the Open Group website...
  • Blog Post: Calgary Offering 1 Day EA Course

    The Canadian IT Architecture Connection blog posted about a one day EA course that may be interesting to folks in that area. See below for details: Phil Unger, from the Calgary Enterprise Architecture Forum , is organizing a one-day course focused on developing the skills Architects require in their...
  • Blog Post: The Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence (EACOE)

    There is a lot of EA events happening in the next few weeks. The Open Group is having an event that looks to be the most significant in years. They are launching two other practitioner conferences in conjunction with the architecture practitioner conference. The launch of the 1st security and enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Presentations Uploaded

    As followers of my blog know, I do many speaking engagements. Often times I get requests for those decks from the conference or event. Instead of sharing with a select few I thought I would share with everyone. You can find some of the major presentations under my Slideshare profile: http://www.slideshare...
  • Blog Post: Pragmatic Enterprise Architecture Framework (PeaF)

    Another EA framework player emerges in 2009, the Pragmatic Enterprise Architecture Framework (PeaF) . I did skim and let me stress that I didn’t do a detailed analysis of the framework. Below is the overview of the framework in their words: PeaF has been formulated over a large number of years by understanding...
  • Blog Post: The Numbers Behind Organizational Change

    In a fairly recent whitepaper from IBM, global services did a worldwide survey across various roles to see how difficult it is to change an organizations behavior.  The article shows some solid numbers around the friction that exists when trying to change an organization. I talk about this quite...
  • Blog Post: Want more Oslo... Here's a sneak peek

    We are less than T-3 weeks to PDC and there will be a lot more details on the new Oslo initiative. Below are some links to where the rich media will be published. Keep an eye out. I think that architects and developers will really like what we are building. Check out the MS Channel 9 coverage: "Oslo"...
  • Blog Post: Gartner EA Summit - Day 2

    As for the second day of coverage of the EA summit I attended less sessions and did more talking with other architects at the conference so I will not have a whole lot to say about most of the sessions. I did observe that there was quite the drop-off between day 1 and day 2 for some reason. I am not...
  • Blog Post: ArchiMate - The Emerging Architecture Modeling Standard?

    At the Gartner EA Summit in London it seemed like there was quite a bit of talk on the solution showcase floor regarding an architecture modeling standard called Archimate. I'm not sure if this was due to the fact that this was a European event (ArchiMate derived from the Netherlands) or if there is...
  • Blog Post: Gartner EA Summit - Day 1

    So I figured since I already started a thread on the Gartner keynote ( Gartner EA Summit - Emergence Enterprise Architecture Keynote ) I should finish what I started, huh? Just so everyone knows, this is Gartner's London EA Summit event and not the North American event. It does seem a lot smaller than...
  • Blog Post: Gartner EA Summit - Emergence Enterprise Architecture Keynote

    I wanted to give some feedback on some new thoughts from Gartner in their keynote on Emergence Architecture. Overall I thought it was a great keynote presented by Brian Burke and Nick Gall.  It was somewhat of a different theme then in previous years. The keynote centered around "Emergence...
  • Blog Post: Using the EATK to Capture Architecture Descriptions

    The EATK makes Microsoft Word 2007 a first class citizen in the architecture description area. As I described in  my recent post called " Do Office Tools Still Play a Role in Architecture Design ?" I talked in length how at least for the time being we are still using productivity tools...
  • Blog Post: What is an Architecture Style?

    Recently, I have had discussions with folks at Microsoft about Architecture Styles. This term has been used in the IT industry for a very long time. I think the earliest reference was in the early 80's. But that is neither here, nor there in my opinion. We have been using this concept for a long time...
  • Blog Post: Updates - Where has Mike been?

    Just wanted to give the readers of my blog a quick personal update. Some of you may of noticed that my postings have been a bit sparse these past few months. Thanks to those who have stuck around... Well the first piece of big news is that my lovely wife is pregnant with twins. Yes, you heard it right...
  • Blog Post: The model or the people?

    Chris Potts wrote an insightful post on People versus Models . Chris's article goes into the current challenges in banking and contrasting that with architecture practices. He exposes some interesting points from The Economist that references EA processes by stating: ‘What separates the winners...
  • Blog Post: Architect Role Taxonomy

    Paul Priess wrote an interesting post called The foundation skill set for architects . He also wrote for the Microsoft Architecture Journal 15 - The Role of an Architect . In this post, he provides a link to the IASA recently published Architect Taxonomy ( click here to download the pdf ). He talks a...
  • Blog Post: Zachman Updates

    In recent letter from Zachman International they have announced two updates the popular Zachman Framework. They are relatively small. Here are the details: Engagement and Market Strategy will change in 2009. The ZIFA organization has been dissolved.  There was a minor update to the framework. This...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Enterprise Asset Roadmap Strategy

    Recently I was asked to chime in on how to setup a global enterprise asset roadmap strategy. This was a fully loaded question and also a tricky one to answer. It is not an easy task as there is a number of forces at play and are extremely dynamic based on organizational culture, dynamics, structure and...
  • Blog Post: Can you Easily Compare EA Frameworks?

    Have you ever tried to compare EA frameworks? How do you compare and are all frameworks the same. The reader digest version of the answer is: No... Not all frameworks are the same but rather have there own definitions of what they are to deliver. I have in the past and I have found it very challenging...
  • Blog Post: 19th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference: Day 1 Highlights

    For those who didn't get the updates. Here is a summary of the activates at the Open Group Conference in Chicago. The Open Group’s 19th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference kicked off on Monday, July 21st in Chicago.  Industry leaders from near and far convened at the historic...
  • Blog Post: Open Group SOA Ontology

    The Open Group has recently released a draft version of a SOA ontology . They have been developing a formal ontology for SOA for some time now. You can find the ontology described in OWL-DL also. This should give the ontology a more complete level of description. Open Group explains the benefits as:...
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