The Great Escape: “EA is not about IT!”

As soon as you, as an enterprise architect, want to address the problem of the complex Business-IT landscape, and you actually acknowledge in a discussion that Enterprise Architecture has come into existence because of the complexity of modern IT-laden landscapes,…

Two appearances: Gartner EA Summit (UK) and MBT Conference (NL)

Short update. For those who would like to discuss Enterprise Architecture with me in person: I will be presenting at the Gartner EA Summit London 2015 on May 20th 2015 in London UK and I will be giving the closing keynote (in…

Two appearances: Gartner EA Summit (UK) and MBT Conference (NL)

Short update. For those who would like to discuss Enterprise Architecture with me in person: I will be presenting at the Gartner EA Summit London 2015 on May 20th 2015 in London UK and I will be giving the closing…

D4 – being in control of your deployed reality

Large, complex landscapes are a pain. With hundreds of servers, hundreds of applications, thousands of users (and thus usage patterns) and a constant flux of small and large changes, few organisations are really in full control of what they actually…

Losing a Limpet – What happens when we don’t have Enterprise Architecture?

Recently, I had a conversation with someone about how to do enterprise architecture. I prepared that conversation by trying to condense my basic argument for the`enterprise chess' approach to the absolute minimum. I started out with the question: "Suppose we don't…

New ‘On Slippery Ice’ column at EAPJ: “The (Forgotten) Other Half of SOA”

Short post today: my new column on the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal, titled "The (Forgotten) Other Half of SOA" has been published. A somewhat technical subject: service oriented architectures and performance issues. With a few ArchiMate views added to the…

Modelling Self-Service in #ArchiMate

I wrote a post on Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture about ways to look at self-service from an architectural perspective: "I, Robot" – there is no such thing as 'Customer Self-Service'.  In it, I argue that saying that…

“I, Robot” – there is no such thing as ‘Customer Self-Service’

Recently, Samuel Holcman published the short Outside-In vs. Inside-Out in Enterprise Architecture document and announced it on LinkedIn. The issue he raises is that the clients of organisations more and more seem to become the ones that perform the organisation's processes (e.g. self-service),…