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.

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.

TOGAF – All you Need to Know

TOGAF is an enterprise architecture framework that includes methods, frameworks, definitions, templates, and explanations for enterprise architects. The content helps architects to assess, analyze, evaluate, transform, and govern large and heterogeneous architectures of not only a project or a platform, but of whole organizations.

Understand the Zachman Framework – An Easy Example

The Zachman Framework dates back to 1987 when John Zachman, an IBM employee until 1982, published the article “A Framework for Information Systems Architecture”. The basic idea of the Zachman framework is that one thing can be described with different purposes and for different roles. This article provides an example to understand the framework better.

12 Must-Dos to Get Business Capabilities Right

I have seen many organizations in which someone had the idea to use business capabilities for their work. Business capabilities are still a relatively new concept and there is little agreement and accepted literature when it comes to the theory of the concept. Several organizations have tried to establish standards, yet, the scope of their standards ends at the boundaries of their organization. The results are little available guidance, heterogeneous development results, few success stories in the market, and many sceptic stakeholders. In order to support those organizations struggling with developing business capabilities, I have summarized my top 12 lessons learnt that I experienced during the past few years.

The ArchiMate Framework and Modelling Language – Worth Your Time?

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 TOGAF?

TOGAF is the most important Enterprise Architecture Framework nowadays. It has first been published in 1995 by The Open Group and has regularly been updated since then. Today, The TOGAF Standard is the most cited and used knowledge book with detailed methods and tools for developing enterprise architecture in a company and many, if not most, large global corporations base their enterprise architecture activities on TOGAF or a modification of it. This article explains what TOGAF is about.

Is TOGAF Still Relevant?

TOGAF is by far the most known Enterprise Architecture certificate. As it has already been developed in the 90s, it is often perceived as outdated – especially given the fast developments that there are within IT nowadays. It is only natural that many professionals ask themselves whether TOGAF is still relevant or not. This article explains arguments for and against the relevancy of TOGAF and analyzes the areas content, certification, industry expectations, and salary impact.

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