Zen and the Art of Enterprise Architecture
Architectural Zen: The Harmony of Business and Technology
complex adaptive systems
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Socially Developed Architecture
One of the most challenging aspects in our role as architects is that we often have to influence without direct authority. We often wrestle with this fact as we may not have the managerial clout and there may be lack of clarity on what precisely we are accountable for. Perhaps simply stated, we have...
23 May 2014
Enterprise Architecture: Reflections on My Journey of Becoming A Systems Thinking Enterprise Architect
Although I have been practicing enterprise architecture for more than 10 years, I still find it challenging for me to explain to others what exactly I do. I am a systems designer and engineer at heart, but not necessarily in the way in which a typical IT function defines “systems.” I feel...
16 Oct 2013
Fragility of Markets and Architecture Failure
As the NASDAQ exchange came to a grinding halt this past week, I, as well as many of you perhaps thought about system failure and what was the series of events and initial conditions that preceded the shutdown. Did a human did something strange that set a series of events in motion that jeopardized...
24 Aug 2013
Deep Thinking on The Architecture of Architecture: Meta-Architecture
As many of you have already have known, Enterprise Architecture and Architecture within the context of sociotechnical organization is going through what I believe a renaissance period. The architecture field is moving to more of an interdisciplinary art and science. Also many architects, myself included...
20 Feb 2013
Addressing the Multi-Dimensionality Challenge on Thinking of The Enterprise as a System
Last week I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Open Group conference in Newport Beach, California. I find these conferences enlightening as I enjoyed the dialog with fellow professions who share similar point of views on the discipline of Enterprise Architecture. I have made the following...
2 Feb 2013
The Antifragile Enterprise: Complexity Exists, but Let's Not Overcomplicate it or IT.
The Enterprise is a complex system. I have accepted that fact. I think many of us in the enterprise architecture profession have also accepted this fact as well, or at least I hope we have. But then again there is natural response to things in which we do in order to address "complexity." There is a...
26 Jan 2013
Enterprise Architecture's Transition to Consumer Oriented Services
Unless you have been living in cave for the past five or so years, you may have noticed that technology is being democratized within your business. Perhaps right under your feet! The confluence of consumerization, cloud computing, ubiquitous connectivity, and the needs of a modern dynamic business will...
5 Oct 2012
Modernizing Enterprise Architecture: Address The Neurosis of IT
“TCP/IP and Ethernet will not be accepted as a valid network implementation as SNA and Token Ring are our preferred standards.” - circa 1993 by nameless corporate Information Systems expert. I was shocked when I had heard this, and images of ostriches with their heads in the sand immediately...
7 May 2012
The Evolution of the Modern Enterprise Architect
At the Open Group Conference in San Francisco earlier this month Dr. Jeanne Ross from MIT CISR made the statement, “One day the CIO will report to the Enterprise Architect.” As you can imagine this caused quite the stir within at the conference, and the LinkedIn and Twitterverse started to...
18 Feb 2012
Rethinking the Enterprise "Mess" Using a System Thinking Approach
I have long considered the discipline of “architecture” as a problem solving technique that brings together art, philosophy, engineering, physics, culture, technology, etc. Producing a high quality architecture is to provide a platform for the enterprise to balance form, function, and elegance...
14 Feb 2012
Axioms for Modern Enterprise Architecture
Recently many of my colleagues were engaged in a healthy debate of principles around enterprise architecture. As I was dwelling on this, there was a healthy discussion on what a principle should be and how should they be described, etc. There are various sources on the Web on how to develop good architecture...
16 Sep 2011
Architecture Considerations around Fabric Computing
Architecture Considerations around Fabric Computing The fabric concept has been around since 1998, and computing fabrics using commodity hardware and software are now starting to come into fruition. The fabric system provides a set of interconnected nodes and links (structures) and operations (behaviors...
28 Feb 2011
Architecting for Fitness using Complex Adaptive Systems
Fitness of complex adaptive systems (CAS) is an area of research that I have been studying over the last few years, specifically how these systems are structured and how they behave. One of the characteristics of a CAS is that the rules that define its operation are relatively simple, elements can...
13 Sep 2010
The New World of Emergent Architecture and Complex Adaptive Systems
Over the years, we architects have been taught to design systems that maintain equilibrium. We designed for service levels, deployed security countermeasures, and built complicated solutions to meet 100% of our requirements. We strove for perfection. This mindset comes from the established manufacturing...
10 Aug 2010
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