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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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: The Systems Thinking Architect

    I was recently visiting a client and presenting a case study on the value of architecture. As I glanced across the room, I had noticed the “business guy” look at me inquisitively and said something similar to the following: “We do not need architects, they spend too much time pontificating...
  • Blog Post: Moments of Crystallization, an Enterprise Architect’s Journey

    The Journey This initial posting is to set up the practice of Zen and the Art of Enterprise Architecture . I am often asked the question: "How did you become an Architect?" Although many in the IT industry have taken the George Costanza approach and just slapped the title "architect" on their business...
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