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  • How to Use the New TOGAF Version 10
    TOGAF 10 was recently released and is now available. We take a step back and take a practitioner’s view of doing Enterprise Architecture work in an organization. However, this article differentiates between different TOGAF 10 audiences, and use cases, and considers that there are already ongoing Enterprise Architecture activities within the organization. This article helps to understand how to use the brand-new release. One of the major improvements of TOGAF 10 has been the new modular structure. The TOGAF Standard …
  • What Makes TOGAF 10 a Valuable Contribution
    TOGAF 10 was recently released. Major changes to the old version include a restructuring of the content to allow for easier understanding, fewer inconsistencies, and fewer duplications. The modularization of the content has progressed as well. There are now six individual documents forming the TOGAF Fundamental content and currently 23 more documents in the TOGAF Series Guides. Similar to a microservices architecture, this allows for single content pieces to be used or amended easier and new content to be quickly …
  • TOGAF 10 is Now Released and Available!
    On the 25th of April, 2022, The Open Group released the TOGAF version 10. This is a major milestone not only for The Open Group but for the whole Enterprise Architecture industry and all practitioners. Being the go-to standard for Enterprise Architects, the tenth version of “The Standard” has been desired for a long time. It also has to meet high expectations. Who is Behind The TOGAF Standard 10? The publisher of TOGAF 10 is The Open Group, a global …
  • How to Understand the Zachman Framework – With Example
    As an IT or enterprise architect, there are a few frameworks that you need to know. TOGAF, ArchiMate, and SAFe are a few of those that are already well-known to most practitioners. The Zachman Framework is another one that is less known. Today´s article helps to understand the Zachman Framework and provides an example of how to apply it. Who is John Zachman? Later this year in 2022, John A. Zachman will celebrate his 88th birthday. Yet, the former IBM …
  • Business Architecture concepts that help Business and IT to align (Value Streams, Business Capabilities, Business Processes)
    Business Architecture has become a broadly used concept not only by Enterprise Architects but also by all kinds of stakeholders, including business people. In today´s article, we discuss three major concepts that can be used to describe an organization´s business architecture. How to Model your Business Architecture? In an Enterprise Architecture model, business architecture usually sits on top of the other layers. It serves as the connection between the IT layers (e.g., applications, data, technology) and the translation to business …
  • EA Framework Types you Should Know (Management, Layers, Assessment)
    Enterprise Architecture frameworks help to do enterprise architecture right. However, different types of frameworks exist, which are often confusing. Today´s article explains the difference between Enterprise Architecture management frameworks, Enterprise Architecture layers frameworks, and Enterprise Architecture Assessment frameworks. Enterprise Architecture Layers Help to Understand the Scope of an IT Landscape There are different Enterprise Architecture layer frameworks and they differ in the set of layers that they include. Each architecture layer can be understood as one view of the IT …
  • Why Enterprise Architecture Activities are More Important Than Ever
    Today´s content forms the sixth and last of six parts of the series called “Who is still interested in Enterprise Architecture?”. In this series, I provide my view on the footprint of today´s Enterprise Architecture, the potential death of the role of an Enterprise Architect, the big players, such as TOGAF from The Open Group, AWS, or Azure, as well as the role of EA tool providers and other related certificates and developments on the market. In today´s part six, …
  • 8 Ways to Do Enterprise Architecture Trainings or Online Classes
    After the last post presented quite some degrees, university courses, classes, and certificates about Enterprise Architecture, today´s article focuses on trainings and online classes. While the difference is not always straightforward, the trainings and classes are usually shorter and cheaper and there is a larger number of providers and trainers. Also, trainings often focus on achieving a particular certificate that is widely accepted on the market (e.g., TOGAF, ArchiMate). Online Classes and Trainings about Enterprise Architecture 1. Enterprise Architecture Center …
  • 16 Options for Enterprise Architecture Degrees, University Classes and Courses
    There is a vast amount of learning possibilities in Enterprise Architecture. Options vary greatly, from full degrees, specializations of general master programs, individual courses, classes, or trainings, as well as online business programs. In today´s article, I provide an overview of the different options that exist, what topics they cover, and how much they cost. Enterprise Architecture Degrees – Master´s Degrees in Enterprise Architecture I found four interesting full degrees in Enterprise Architecture. Two of them are offered by European …
  • New TOGAF Developments in 2022
    Steve Nunn, the president and CEO of The Open Group, which is the organization publishing TOGAF, recently provided some insights onto what is planned for 2022. It is great to see that his statements further confirm what I presumed in 2020 about the future development of TOGAF. This article summarizes the most important statements, puts them into context and helps to understand the relevance of TOGAF in the future. Current State of The Open Group In his article about 2021 …
  • The EA Tools Market Impact and Opportunities Through Disruption
    Today´s content forms the fifth of six parts of the series called “Who is still interested in Enterprise Architecture?”. In this series, I provide my view on the footprint of today´s Enterprise Architecture, the potential death of the role of an Enterprise Architect, the big players, such as TOGAF from The Open Group, AWS, or Azure, as well as the role of EA tool providers and other related certificates and developments on the market. In today´s part five, we consider …
  • Who Drives Modern EA Best Practices and Content?
    Today´s content forms the fourth of six parts of the series called “Who is still interested in Enterprise Architecture?”. In this series, I provide my view on the footprint of today´s Enterprise Architecture, the potential death of the role of an Enterprise Architect, the big players, such as TOGAF from The Open Group, AWS, or Azure, as well as the role of EA tool providers and other related certificates and developments on the market. In today´s part four, I address …
  • New Sources for Enterprise Architecture Frameworks Emerge
    Today´s content forms the third of six parts of the series called “Who is still interested in Enterprise Architecture?”. In this series, I provide my view on the footprint of today´s Enterprise Architecture, the potential death of the role of an Enterprise Architect, the big players, such as TOGAF from The Open Group, AWS, or Azure, as well as the role of EA tool providers and other related certificates and developments on the market. In today´s part three, I take …
  • New Enterprise Architecture Terms and Certificates Emerge
    Today´s content forms the second of six parts of the series called “Who is still interested in Enterprise Architecture?”. In this series, I provide my view on the footprint of today´s Enterprise Architecture, the potential death of the role of an Enterprise Architect, the big players, such as TOGAF from The Open Group, AWS, or Azure, as well as the role of EA tool providers and other related certificates and developments on the market. In today´s part two, I take …
  • What is Today´s Relevance of an Enterprise Architecture Practice?

    In today´s part one of the series “On the Relevance of Enterprise Architecture in 2021”, I analyze the search term attention for common Enterprise Architecture terms on Google Trends, highlight the origins of today´s most important EA frameworks, TOGAF and Zachman, and share my results on job searches to deduce that Enterprise Architecture might be a dead practice.

  • We Are a Top Enterprise Architecture Podcast According to Threat.Technology

    Threat.Technology has published a list of the top 20 enterprise architecture podcasts on the web and we are thrilled to be one of them!

  • Guest Webinar: The clock is ticking on digital transformation

    Discuss the unique challenges of transforming a global procurement operation and how to mitigate those challenges to avoid roadblocks with procurement leaders from JPMorgan Chase, Pfizer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and The Hackett Group.

  • Business Capabilities Definition and Example

    Today´s IT architectures are organized by business capabilities – especially if a microservices architecture is in place. Typically, the business architecture layer incorporates the business capability model and maps to applications, data, and technology etc. on the other architecture layers. This article gives an introduction to business capabilities, defines it and provides an example.

  • TOGAF is best understood by looking at those pictures

    Today´s post is provides an overview of what TOGAF is and what it stands for. It does so with a short series of pictures which each address an important aspect of TOGAF.

  • What is an IT Architect (Enterprise, Solution, Software / Application, Data, Technology, Infrastructure, Security)

    In IT Architecture, IT architects do the work. However, an IT architect is not an IT architect and there are important differences when considering this role. This article presents the most important subcategories of IT architects and compares them to each other.

  • Safeguarding your digital presence

    Password managers are a growing necessity in our digital lives. Today’s humans grapple to keep track of the incredible amount of login information related to their online presence, which grows every day thanks to platform integrations, permissions, and a growing number of social media platforms. This article provides insights on the history of passwords, best practices, and how to better manage your passwords.

  • Why an Enterprise Architecture Community Best Helps Your Organization

    With the reawakening of Enterprise Architecture (EA) in the past few years, the community approach towards an Enterprise Architecture community has become popular. This article provides 12 reasons, mostly based on trends, why your organization should consider an Enterprise Architecture Community.

  • 5 Tips for Building a Culture of Security Among Remote Employees

    In one of nightfall´s previous posts, they highlighted the importance that making security a part of your organizational culture played in keeping your remote workforce secure during the COVID-19 pandemic. But what does that entail? In this post, we’re going to flesh out key steps that security teams and their leadership should take in order to make a strong culture of security a reality within their organizations.

  • How to Pass Microsoft Azure Foundation Exam AZ-900 (Part 3 of 3)

    The Microsoft Azure Foundation Exam AZ-900 or the equivalent from AWS are usually the first cloud certificates that someone new to the cloud starts with. Both cover basic cloud concepts and ensure that you gain a profound understanding of the respective services. As the passing grade of 80% for the AZ-900 is quite high, it is advisable to thoroughly study for the exam. This is the first of three posts that will provide you with all key information about the Azure services that you need to pass the Azure Foundation Exam AZ-900.

  • What are Microservices and How to Benefit?

    Microservices are a type of IT architecture. It´s goal is to provide small business functionalities (or capabilities) in independent clusters that each for itself can provide a business outcome. The individual microservices would still function even if some other microservices stop working. This article explains the concept and benefits of an IT microservice architecture.

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