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Advancing Business and IT Architecture – Business Context Architecture (BCA)

In a previous blog post titled Advancement in Business and IT Architecture, I introduced Role-based Domain Architecture (RDA) as a method to advance the state of the art for business and IT Architecture, to fully support services based architectures and emerging platform based architectures based on services.  In the next few posts we will delve deeper into the RDA layers to get better acquainted with RDA as well as a simple and lightweight tool called QuickRDA that captures architecture information for RDA and provides the means to generate graphical views of the models.  This next post focuses on the Business Context Architecture (BCA).

Tags: Architecture| SOA

Advancement in Business and IT Architecture

When is the last time we’ve seen truly new thinking in the area of Architecture for business and IT systems?  Zachman Framework, 1984?  TOGAF, 1990’s?  OMG Model Driven Architecture, 2001?  Has there been any breakthrough thinking other than to continue to provide more clarification and more decomposition about how to document enterprise and IT architecture?  There has, but change is painful even for a profession that prides itself in facilitating change.

Tags: Architecture| SOA

Enterprise Architecture adoption leads to agility and business efficiency

Enterprise ArchitectureI came across an interview article by Dana Gardner, president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, with Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Information Systems Research


I thoroughly enjoyed the book Enterprise Architecture As Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution, which she co-authored.  It’s a recommended read for Enterprise Architects.


In the interview Jeanne Ross shares how Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Architects can help lead the way to successful business transformation.


Some key points from the interview:


“high performers in our sample of 102 companies, in fact, had greater architecture maturity.”


“there’s a cultural shift that takes place in an organization, when it commits to doing business in a new way, and that cultural shift starts with abandoning a culture of heroes and accepting a culture of discipline.”


“One thing you can’t get by spending more money is discipline, and architecture is very tightly related to discipline.”


“companies who were best at adopting architecture and implementing it effectively had cost pressures.”  Cost pressures force a company to make tough decisions.


“companies are struggling more than we realized with using their platforms well.”


A message for Architects is you need to understand how effectively are people in your company adopt the capabilities and leverage them effectively?  “the value add of the architecture is diminished by the fact that people don’t get it.”  “It requires persistent coaching.”


“The best architects are listening very hard to who is asking for what kind of capability. When they see real demand and real leadership around certain enterprise capabilities, they focus their attention on addressing those, in the context of what they realize will be a bigger picture over time.”


Companies need to ensure their enterprise architecture does not constrain them but instead enables them.  Effective Enterprise Architects can usually see the big picture even when the overall vision is not yet clear.


“What ends up happening instead is architects recognize key business leaders who understand the need for, reused standardization, process discipline, whatever it is.”


She’ll be sharing more insights at The Open Group conference in San Diego later this month.

Are the perceptions of cloud computing changing

clouds_gif-550x0.pngI’ve been watching an interesting discussion this week taking place from a number of different organization related to cloud computing – or more accurately the perspective of cloud computing. With some of the early stumbles to developing a cloud marketplace behind us, it may be time to sit back for a moment and think about what is needed and where the cloud movement is headed. It also made me look at some of my old posts to see if they were still relevant.


A consensus of perspectives from the discussion:


Those were some quick notes I wrote down. What did I leave out? Do your perception’s differ?

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