New EAPJ blog post: Reverse Cloud (with two ArchiMate pictures)

Just a short mention here: I've just published a new column on the site of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal titled Reverse Cloud. It deals with the latency effect in networks (which is thoroughly explained in an aside) and describes a scenario…

Reusable Infrastructure Modelling Patterns (2)

In the previous post, Reusable Infrastructure Modelling Patterns, I discussed the creation of reusable patterns to more effectively model large homogenous parts of the infrastructure landscape, or in other words: if you have 1000 identical RHEL servers, modelling the structure of…

Reusable Infrastructure Modelling Patterns

A while back, I wrote the post Modelling Homogenous Landscapes in #ArchiMate (Classes and Instances), which was a first post on modelling detailed infrastructure landscapes. Assuming you're with me that a modelling language is very useful for large complex situations, but doesn't…

ArchiMate doesn’t make communication to management easier

Architects generally wrestle with the problem of communicating their complex world of dependencies to stakeholders. Those that created the ArchiMate language hoped that making a better language would enable clearer communication. While ArchiMate does enable more precise communication than your average…

About analysis of ArchiMate models

A while back, I wrote in the blog post ArchiMate is overrated (and underrated) that using ArchiMate doesn't really have that much added value for communicating simple, high-level views to stakeholders (users, management), but its structure does bring advantages that enables us to…

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…

Database Triggers in #ArchiMate — And a Wish

Recently, in a discussion in the ArchiMate LinkedIn Group, Tarun Godhwani started a discussion on modelling the triggers and tables of a database. Of course, one can wonder if it is useful to model these, but in case they are, the…