How can we improve our business design?

[One of a series of posts posing questions that enterprise architecture can answer] How can we improve our business design: how we structure, how we compete, how we manage? One of the initial tasks an enterprise architect can undertake is the discovery and...

If enterprise architecture is the answer, what was the question?

You’ve heard the term “enterprise architecture”, and maybe you’ve been told it’s something your business should be looking at. But you’re not sure what it is, or worse – you’ve heard several different (and probably conflicting)...

Are we getting value for our IT investment?

[One of a series of posts posing questions that enterprise architecture can answer] Understanding the business intent, defining the business capabilities and their boundaries and using those foundations to draw up a roadmap of projects to go from the current state to...

Enterprise architecture, business design and governance.

Noticed a tweet yesterday from Brenda Michelson about enterprise architecture (EA), prompted by a GigaOm post from James Urquhart about how cloud might impact on EA: heading to @forrester #FEAF12 today. Curious to #entarch crowd reaction to @jamesurquhart (rightly)...

Enterprise Architecture vs Social Business

[A long-overdue post on the New Enterprise] I’m deeply interested in the potentially disruptive effects of “social media” on the enterprise as we know it. I’m also an enterprise architect – into governance, imposing some discipline, big-picture strategy,...

So what is it exactly that I do for a living?

It used to be easier to describe when I was programming code – while lots of people couldn’t understand what I wrote, the concept was easy enough to grasp.   Over the years, though, I’ve moved up the abstraction chain, and while in some ways the...