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  • 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

  • Traduction des fiches Mastering ArchiMate
    Je publie aujourd’hui une traduction française de mes fiches (PDF) de présentation ArchiMate, un guide visuel et concis de la grammaire ArchiMate. La première page contient le métamodèle du Cœur du framework ArchiMate. Il est représenté dans le jeu de couleurs Mastering ArchiMate, qui montre en même temps les différences entre les couches et les aspects (structure active, comportement, structure passive). En suivant ce lien, vous trouverez une description du métamodèle ArchiMate 1. La différence entre les deux métamodèles illustre l’évolution du langage au fil des ans. J’utilise ce jeu de couleurs car les diagrammes sont plus compréhensibles si des…
  • Dev, Test, Production — “It’s Turtles All The Way Down”
    Most IT exists to support other IT, not your business directly. A part of this is that stack/web of platforms on which your applications depend. How does that for instance affect #informationsecurity in your designs?
  • Amateurs talk Strategy, Professionals talk Logistics — that is kind of true in IT as well
    It is an old adagium of warfare: Amateurs talk Strategy, Professionals talk Logistics. Maybe surprisingly, this is true in IT as well. Maybe it is true in any complex and unpredictable situation, which ‘big IT’ is more and more turning out to be. Logistics considers Strategy a small snack.
  • Scanning for vulnerabilities — using an #ArchiMate diagram about scanning for log4j
    A short story about the log4shell vulnerability in log4j that hit the computing world last December with an explanation of the problem and why scanning for it was so hard. With an ArchiMate diagram to illustrate.
  • Wanted: IT advisor. No real IT insight required.
    IT is one of the few fields where it is generally considered you do not need to understand it to make decisions about it.For good IT advisors, the kind that actually understand what they are advising about, the phrase ‘we need an IT advisor who above all understands the business’ is a warning sign that can easily mean an environment where being an IT advisor is like being a farmer sowing seeds on hard rock.
  • For the Board: Essential Reading on IT Strategy
    IT is notoriously hard to manage and it has been so for decades. As a result, the execution of new strategies is often exceedingly difficult. These 4 articles (2 serious, 2 a bit tongue-in-cheek) are meant to enlighten non-IT-savvy board members.
  • Are we humans still ‘top dog’ in this brave new world of massive IT?
    What is the information revolution doing to us humans? A very condensed journey from essences of digital technology and human intelligence to the role of talk, trust and the impact of IT on society.
  • Should you derive your IT Strategy from your Business Strategy? Probably not too much.
    It is generally accepted that IT Strategy must follow Business Strategy. It seems a no-brainer. But is it? There are reasons to look at it differently, reasons that become more pressing as organisations become more digital.

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