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The Evolving Nature of the EA Profession

The theme for this issue of Architecture & Governance Magazine is The Evolving Nature of the EA Profession. As a relatively young discipline, enterprise architecture has come a long way. Interest levels continue to be high, as demonstrated by the readership and the enthusiastic support of our author community. But to be fair, though, universal adoption of EA isn%u2019t as widespread as it should be given its potential. As a result, we see the EA practitioner community pursuing two strategies: One is to double down on education and standards, and to codify EA practices into a consistent and repeatable body of knowledge. The second is to innovate and be progressive by evolving the EA practice into high-value opportunities using new approaches. This editorial board believes that these two ideas are not mutually exclusive and, in fact, are both essential to the success of the profession. In this issue, our contributing authors explore both ideas.
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The Dragon1 Software Company develops and markets enterprise software worldwide to design, communicate and report enterprise architecture combined with management information. Dragon1 EA Tool is a Cloud / web based EA Tool for creating visual architecture products (such as A0 sized blueprint posters, design books) mainly to support decision-making by Board and management. Dragon1 is an EA Tool to be used not only by architects, but also by Business, IT and information managers, information analysts, process designers, consultants, program - and project managers, service managers and project workers. Dragon1 consists of six web applications (Resource Center, Architecture Repository, Visual Designer, Models Atlas, Catalog and Application Manager). Dragon1 is suitable for LMEs and SMEs, and is Framework/Method-independent. AOffcourse it is optimized for working with the open Dragon1 EA Method, But you can use it excellent for working with Togaf, ArchiMate, BPMN, UML, Lean, Business Canvas Model etc… because of specialized Content Packages. Dragon1 can be used with Safari, Google Chrome, IE8, IE9 and Firefox. In IE8 the tool makes use of VML, in all the other browsers SVG is used as open vector graphics language. It is recommend to use the tool in a SVG-compliant for interoperability purposes and graphics performance. Dragon1 can be used as SaaS, IaaS and PaaS in the Cloud. You can have a your own Dragon1-database on the web or at your own premises to use with the tool. You can create active links from and to data in your own local database in the Dragon1 EA Tool.
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Duplication in the eye of the enterprise architect beholder - FierceGovernmentIT

Being able to spot duplicative information technology projects in and among agencies was a key reason for the federal enterprise architecture initiative launched by the Office of Management and Budget in February 2002--but more than a decade later the Government Accountability Office says a limited review of agency IT projects turned up $321 million worth of spending on potentially duplicative projects over a 6 year period.
- Government EA -


John Gøtze and Anders Jensen-Waud (2013)
Beyond Alignment: Applying Systems Thinking in Architecting Enterprises

9    (14 votes)
Beyond Alignment: Applying Systems Thinking to Architecting Enterprises is a comprehensive reader about how enterprises can apply systems thinking in their enterprise architecture practice, for business transformation and for strategic execution. The book's contributors find that systems thinking is a valuable way of thinking about the viable enterprise and how to architect it. Edited by John Gøtze and Anders Jensen-Waud, the book features contributions from 32 international experts in the fields of systems thinking and enterprise architecture. Contributors: Adrian Campell, Alex Conn, Dennis Sherwood, Don deGuerre, Erik Perjons, Gene Bellinger, Harold Bud Lawson, Ilia Bider, Jack Ring, James Lapalme, James Martin, Jan Dietz, Jan Hoogervorst, Janne J. Korhonen, John Morecroft, Leo Laverdure, Linda Clod Præstholm, Mesbah Khan, Mikkel Stokbro Holst, Namkyu Park, Olov Östberg, Olusola O. Oduntan, Patrick Hoverstadt, Per Johannisson, Per-Arne Persson, Peter Sjølin, Rasmus Fischer Frost, Sally Bean, Tom Graves, and Tue Westmark Steensen.
- Systems Thinking - Enterprise Architecture -


Stefan Bente, Uwe Bombosch, Shailendra Langade (2012)
Collaborative Enterprise Architecture: Enriching EA with Lean, Agile, and Enterprise 2.0 Practices

7    (3 votes)
Ever-changing business needs have prompted large companies to rethink their enterprise IT. Today, businesses must allow interaction with their customers, partners, and employees at more touch points and at a depth never thought previously. At the same time, rapid advances in information technologies, like business digitization, cloud computing, and Web 2.0, demand fundamental changes in the enterprises' management practices. These changes have a drastic effect not only on IT and business, but also on policies, processes, and people. Many companies therefore embark on enterprise-wide transformation initiatives. The role of Enterprise Architecture (EA) is to architect and supervise this transformational journey. Unfortunately, today's EA is often a ponderous and detached exercise, with most of the EA initiatives failing to create visible impact. The enterprises need an EA that is agile and responsive to business dynamics. "Collaborative Enterprise Architecture" provides the innovative solutions today's enterprises require, informed by real-world experiences and experts' insights. This book, in its first part, provides a systematic compendium of the current best practices in EA, analyzes current ways of doing EA, and identifies its constraints and shortcomings. In the second part, it leaves the beaten tracks of EA by introducing Lean, Agile, and Enterprise 2.0 concepts to the traditional EA methods. This blended approach to EA focuses on practical aspects, with recommendations derived from real-world experiences. A truly thought provoking and pragmatic guide to manage EA, "Collaborative Enterprise Architecture" effectively merges the long-term oriented top-down approach with pragmatic bottom-up thinking, and that way offers real solutions to businesses undergoing enterprise-wide change. This title covers the latest emerging technologies affecting business practice, including digitization, cloud computing, agile software development, and Web 2.0. It focuses on the practical implementation of EAM rather than theory, with recommendations based on real-world case studies. It addresses changing business demands and practices, including Enterprise 2.0 , open source, global sourcing, and more. It takes an innovative approach to EAM, merging standard top-down and pragmatic, bottom-up strategies, offering real solutions to businesses undergoing enterprise-wide changes.
- Enterprise Architecture -

Richard Sennett, The Architecture of Cooperation

Richard Sennett, the GSD's Senior Loeb Fellow for 2012 (and faculty member at New York University and the London School of Economics) is talking about the "Architecture of Cooperation":
- Sociology -

Aris 9

"ARIS 9.0 unites cloud, mobile, social networking and analytics to unlock the full potential of a company's skills base and accelerate process improvements. Social Collaboration - the new ARIS Connect provides individual user perspectives combined with social networking capabilities that allow anybody to contribute to processes improvement based on their unique skills and experiences; Mobile - Access, contribute, insight anywhere: ARIS 9.0 presents business information and business dashboards to any device; Analytics - Advanced analytical capabilities allow anyone to get the information that matters presented in any format required; Cloud: ARIS Connect is fully cloud ready and can be deployed in public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructures.
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The EA Pad

One-Stop Shop for Enterprise Architects
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Milan Guenther (2012)
Intersection: How Enterprise Design Bridges the Gap Between Business, Technology, and People

Many organizations struggle with the dynamics and the complexity of today’s social ecosystems connecting everyone and everything, everywhere and all the time. Facing challenges at the intersection of business models, technical developments and human needs, enterprises must overcome the siloed thinking and isolated efforts of the past, and instead address relationships to people holistically. In Intersection, Milan Guenther introduces a Strategic Design approach that aligns the overarching efforts of Branding, Enterprise Architecture and Experience Design on common course to shape tomorrow’s enterprises. This book gives designers, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders a holistic model and a comprehensive vocabulary to tackle such challenges. The Enterprise Design framework cuts through the complexity of Strategic Design work, explains how to navigate key aspects and bridge diverging viewpoints. In 9 examples, the author looks at the way companies like Apple, SAP, BBVA, and Jeppesen (a Boeing Company) apply design thinking and practice to shape their enterprises. Moving from strategy to conceptual design and concrete results, Intersection shows what is relevant at which point, and what expertise to involve.
- Enterprise Architecture - Design Thinking - Enterprise Design -


Rien Dijkstra, John Gøtze and Pieter van der Ploug (2013)
Right Sourcing: Enabling Collaboration

Right Sourcing - Enabling Collaboration puts forward the proposal that the modern enterprise must fundamentally rethink its 'sourcing equation' to become or remain viable. By presenting perspectives on sourcing from 21 different contributors, the editors hope to enable and inspire readers to make better-informed decisions.
- Management - Markets - Enterprise Architecture -