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Strategic Enterprise Architecture provides Intelligence, Analysis and Knowledge

​ Written by Adrian Campbell A good analogy for an Enterprise Architecture capability is to think of it as the  equivalence to an intelligence corps in the military. Military Leaders and business decision makers will use this Strategic Intelligence capability to: Know what their current capabilities are Know the capabilities of the enemy...
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EA is Strategic Planning

Enterprise Architecture quite simply is all about Strategic Planning. It helps enterprises shape their future structure and dynamics in the face of the changing environment in which they do business. Its purpose is to understand the ends and means that form the strategies needed. How does an enterprise react to events that do and will potentially occur and arrive at the...
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Business Capability based EA Roadmap

As Business Capabilities are directly derived from the corporate strategic plan and are designed to satisfy the enterprise’s business strategies, goals and objectives, so they provide an excellent basis for the creation of an Enterprise Architecture Roadmap. What are Business Capabilities?   A Business Capability represents the ability of an organisation to perform...
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Outside In

  How often do you see customer journeys, customer events and scenarios modelled in an Enterprise Architecture model? Not often, if at all I suspect. In my opinion, the ‘Enterprise’ in Enterprise Architecture should include all those stakeholders that are engaged with an organisation. This include all those suppliers and service providers to the left hand end of the Value...
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Enterprise Architecture Lifecycle

The Enterprise Architecture team has a lifecycle of its own, but doesn’t operate in a vacuum. The Enterprise Architecture capability fails if it is seen too much as blue sky thinking in an ivory tower. The Enterprise Architecture team will interact closely with all the other management processes in an organisation, especially the IT management processes. When all these...
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Enterprise Architecture and Target Operating Models

  How often is an established Enterprise Architecture approach used to create a Target Operating Model? If the answer is not often, then why not? If the answer is yes all the time, then how should we go about creating one ? Are traditional consultancy approaches to target operating models good enough?   What is an Operating Model? ...
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Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation

Business transformation involves significant changes to all areas of an enterprise. It focuses on the future strategies. These includes strategies, business models, operating models, business processes, information & data, systems, products, business services and channels. These are exactly the deliverables developed by enterprise architecture to understand the current state of...
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Dynamic Enterprise Architecture Models

  Enterprise Architecture Models provide value by capturing knowledge about the business strategies, the current and target enterprise, understanding and identifying the gaps between current and target enterprise architectures, and then planning a roadmap of initiatives to close those gaps.   Often they seem only to be used as a repository of static detail...
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Enterprise Architecture and Wardley Maps

by Adrian Campbell I had an interesting conversation recently about the use of Wardley maps as part of an Enterprise Architecture and Digital Transformation programme recently. I had looked at using Wardley maps some time ago but now I think it is a good time to incorporate their use into normal Enterprise Architecture/ Business Architecture work. They are a very useful addition to the bag of...
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Enterprise Architecture and Digital Strategy

Digital strategy is not simply about marketing. It is about a better engagement with potential and existing customers. It is about the perception of the brand created with customers though close interaction via social media and close communication leading to a value proposition that can better serve their actual and future needs. As with any business strategy, the enterprise...
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Developing an Enterprise Architecture roadmap

An Enterprise Architecture Roadmap is a ordered sequence of Enterprise  Architecture initiatives that are required in order to make the transition from the current enterprise Architecture baseline to the future target Enterprise Architecture vision. The initiatives are based on the planned architecture requirements such as Topics and Gaps to be analysed and architecture decisions and...
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What exactly does an Enterprise Architecture team do ?

The following table provides an overview of the activities of the Enterprise Architecture team :   Credit to the author : Adrian Campbell Infrography credit : created by Eunji Kang  from Noun Project
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How to measure Enterprise Architecture ?


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A simple definition of Business Architecture

  The Business view of the Enterprise Architecture is centered around a description of how an organisation works in terms of its business processes. The Business Architecture Domain includes: Business Strategy  - this will typically include the high-level Business Goals and Objectives and a document describing the Target Operating Model. Business...
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Improve your knowledge in Enterprise Architecture Strategy

Strategy The Enterprise Architecture Strategy provides the principles, standards that drive the content of the EA Architecture. These are approved by the Architecture Review Board and are used to guide and support the development and use of all the EA Architecture deliverables. The prescriptive elements in the EA Strategy describe the principles, goals, objectives,...
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Elevator Pitch - Enterprise Architecture

What is a good elevator speech for Enterprise Architecture? I usually say something like the following: “Enterprise Architecture is a strategic business capability that provides benefits to a business for: Digital strategy exploitation Cloud strategy implementation Business and IT Consolidation Business Transformation Cost reduction Business Process Improvement and...
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What are Principles in Enterprise Architecture ?

Principles are fundamental statements, which express a belief about the future and / or future direction. They articulate the organisation’s vision and are the cornerstone for managing change.  Principles provide an agreed reference or policy to be used for evaluation of alternatives and decisions.  The principles are equal in a sense that they all have to be...
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What you need to know about Business Strategy

The Business Strategy describes the business principles, goals and objectives that drive the Enterprise Architecture. The Business Strategy also includes details of Business Products and Business Services that an organisation offers to its customers, in various markets, customer segments and channels. The Business Strategy is further defined with a description of the organisations Target...
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Let's talk about the Security Architecture View

The Security Architecture View is a cross cutting view of an Enterprise Architecture Framework. The best openly available example of a Security Architecture Framework is  SABSA , which is a proven framework and methodology for Enterprise Security Architecture and Service Management that is based on the Zachman Framework : Source :  http://bit.ly/1TENCy1 ...
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Technology Architecture : some useful concepts

The Technology Architecture describes the hardware, software and infrastructure environment that is required to support the development and host the deployment of the application components described in the Application Architecture. Technology Domains Based on existing technology, hardware and physical infrastructure categories used. Technology categories can be...
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