Something is (still) rotten in the kingdom of artificial intelligence

Nobody can deny that artificial intelligence (or machine learning, deep learning, or cognitive computing) is booming these days. And — as before, as this is in fact the second round for AI — the hype is almost unlimited. But there…

Panta Rhei — How more ‘agile’ can make you less agile

Agile and DevOps are on the rise. Hardly anyone these days defends up-front design approaches or project-based over product-based change. It seems to many that 'agile' is seen as a free pass for unlimited change. This is an illusion. Working…

The worst enterprise architecture anti-pattern of them all

In the world of real enterprises, enterprise architecture is a weak discipline. It doesn't play a role of any real substance in most medium-large enterprises, which are exactly the enterprises that can profit most from its goals: the management of…

How does the API-economy differ from the SOA approach of the past? An ArchiMate answer.

These days, there is a lot of talk about the ‘API Economy’: a world filled with systems providing services to other systems using (above all RESTful) services. It would be easy to miss the fact that this isn’t new at…

Enterprise Architecture Video Most Viewed on YouTube

I'm working on a few more serious things, but in the meantime I did not want to let this happen silently. The animation Why Enterprise Architecture ("Meet Michael") is now (clearly, 2000 views more than the next one) the most…

Vertical Integration versus (horizontal) standardisation

Over on Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal I've just posted a column about 'vertical integration', where it comes from, how it drives certain developments (e.g. it is one of the drivers for the cloud) and how it is in conflict with…

Is ArchiMate® an Open Standard? Not really.

ArchiMate, the enterprise architecture modelling language, is a standard from The Open Group (TOG). Most people infer from this that ArchiMate is an open standard (I did once) and often assume The Open Group is some sort of a not-for-profit…