Sticky Posts

  • Key posts on IT
    (What I consider to be) my key articles on (governance and fundamentals of) IT and EA in general. Easily accessible from here.

Latest Posts

  • The lack of use cases for blockchain should teach organisations a valuable lesson about handling hypes
    If someone tries to get you to invest in some shiny new technology — like blockchain 5-8 years ago — beware. How do you judge these proposals? A realistic use case is key.
  • Cicero and chatGPT — signs of AI progress?
    Cicero, an AI, performed in the top 10% against human performers in the game Diplomacy, which is about negotiating with others. chatGPT is making the rounds with its impressive output. Are these AI breakthroughs or at least signs of real progress? Or signs of trouble to come?
  • Follow-Up: The missing element of ‘Sunshine’ Life Cycle Management
    A useful addition to the original concept of Sunshine-Life Cycle Management to help managing it all.
  • On the Psychology of Architecture and the Architecture of Psychology
    Advisors need (a) to know what they are talking about and (b) be able to convince others. For architects, the first part is called ‘architecture’ and the second part could be called ‘the psychology of architecture’. We tend to do that already, but most attention is paid to the role of the advisor. But it takes two to tango. The ‘receiving end’ (the one being advised) plays a key role and it is here that psychological and neurological research of the last few decades on ‘the architecture of psychology’ can be put to good use.
  • Mastering ArchiMate PDF 3.2 Upgrade policy
    The Open Group has published a minor update to the ArchiMate® standard. It is now version 3.2. This short post explains the upgrade policy for the PDF version of the Mastering ArchiMate book.
  • Layering — is it really a useful approach in Business/IT/Enterprise Architecture?
    Is layering — e.g. the classic BDAT (Business, data, Application, Technology) stack — really useful in Enterprise Architecture? An analysis with some side nodes about ArchiMate. Warning: may contain traces of analytic EA geekery.
  • It is life, Jim. But not as we know it.
    Blake Lemoine, a Google engineer, has claimed the LaMDA language neural net chatbot is sentient, is alive. Nonsense on stilts, according to one critic. A musing about the meaning of ‘life’. And abortion. And doubt. And the point Lemoine has but doesn’t make.
  • Let’s bury NIST’s outdated definition of Cloud Computing
    The NIST definition of Cloud Computing from 2011 has now become so much an oversimplification that it is more often than not unhelpful, e.g. when trying to base your policies on it. So, forget about ‘IAAS’ and ‘PAAS’, end your ‘cloud policies’ or cloud-specific procedures. Instead, concentrate on managing the key generic issue underlying it: the ever more complex mixes of owned and outsourced algorithms and data..

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