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  • 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 2021?”. 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, …
  • 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.

  • How to Pass Microsoft Azure Foundation Exam AZ-900 (Part 2 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.

  • Cloud Native is the Way Forward for Most IT Architectures

    Cloud Native is one of the concepts that architects, and software developers nowadays aim for. It is said to provide many advantages and be the latest and best way of developing applications. In this article, we want to introduce the concept and explain what it is about.

  • How to Pass Microsoft Azure Foundation Exam AZ-900 (Part 1 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.

  • Three Security Best Practices for Managing a Remote Workforce

    In response to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, an increasing number of companies are urging employees to work from home. Despite the severity of the disruption caused by COVID-19, employees and even companies may find a silver lining, as remote work can have a number of benefits, including increased employee satisfaction and productivity. This article explains what is important from a security perspective.

  • IT Architecture Trends in 2021

    Corona has accelerated many digital developments in 2020. The IT architecture trends of 2021 are driven by the direct impact of corona, such as remote working, security concerns, and adapted IT infrastructures, as well as by indirect impacts, such as new digital business models, more available data, and more cloud users. This article provides an overview of my top 10 IT architecture trends for 2021.

  • Why Enterprise Architecture is Relevant for The Business

    In my article “What is modern Enterprise Architecture”, I mention that business and IT need to stronger collaborate to drive Enterprise Architecture towards success. In this article, I describe why business needs to engage more in the Enterprise Architecture practice.

  • The Chinese New Energy Vehicle (NEV) Market Will Grow Rapidly in 2021!

    As a win over Corona is likely in 2021, another view on the Chinese NEV market, which was just about to take off, becomes interesting. Who made progress in 2020? Who struggled? Who is in the pole position for 2021? This article provides some answers.

  • Christmas Break!

    Dear readers

    Although Christmas is still some weeks away, most of us will be busy finishing the last tasks of the year, finalizing their achivements for 2020, and somehow preparing for this year´s Christmas, which will be an unusual one for all of us.

    This also means that there is a lot of work in the last few working days and that hobbies and lessure time has to be reduced a bit. As my job will not allow me to spend much time on my hobby – to build digitalroadmap.management and to create new contents for you – the blog will go into an early Christmas break…

  • Top 5 Use Cases for Business Capabilities to Transform an Organization

    Business capabilities more and more take over the role as primary concept when it comes to manage all kinds of alignments and gain transparency of one or more organizations. In this article, I would like to present five major use cases that business capabilities can enable and what is needed to achieve the desired benefits.

  • How can ArchiMate Framework Layers and Aspects Help You?

    ArchiMate is a framework and a modelling language which is more and more becoming an industry standard. The version 1.0 was released in 2004, the current version, 3.1 was released beginning of 2020. This article describes the development of ArchiMate, the advantages and disadvantages of the current version, and provides some recommendations and thoughts for applying it.

  • What is Modern Enterprise Architecture?

    Organizations are affected by major trends, such as the digital transformation, agile practices, and customer-centric operations. As a core practice to enable organizations, Enterprise Architecture must adapt to those trends as well. This article provides insights on key drivers to reinvent the Enterprise Architecture Department.

  • How do microservices communicate and how are they deployed?

    Today, the microservices are increasingly becoming a dominant architecture form. In short, it is an approach to application development where software is built from small and independent services that communicate over well-defined APIs. This article provides a brief overview about microservices and how they can be deployed.

  • How do Virtual Machines (VMs) Work?

    Virtualization is a foundational technology that enables cloud computing. It not only brings several benefits, such as a better resources usage, speed, and the possibility to deploy different operating systems on the same hardware (multi tenancy), cloud computing would not even be possible without it. This article describes how virtualization and virtual machines work and how they differ from the traditional approach.