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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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