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The concept of ‘agility’ has permeated almost every inch of the enterprise. It’s not hard to see why either. The promise of faster time to markets, better management of change and disruption, and leaner, more efficient operations is clearly an appealing. Enterprise Architecture (EA) is no exception to the rule. It might have been, for...

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The very nature of Enterprise Architecture (EA) demands a collaborative effort. EA’s are responsible for the architecture across the company, but they don’t own it. That’s down to the relevant departmental managers. This considered, EA has long claimed to be a collaboration focused – but how collaborative is it? Thanks to advancements in tech, the...

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Enterprise Architecture (EA) trends towards increasing organizational agility, driving technology innovation and delivering business outcomes have helped to make the domain’s value more obvious to the wider stakeholder community. Not only that, but Enterprise Architecture’s value is now being realized a lot sooner than before amongst less mature organizations, to show a Return on Investment (ROI). That said,...

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The ascent of digital business has been staggering. It’s not only changed the landscape on which businesses typically operate, it’s also fundamentally changed the way customers both perceive and interact with the business. Weekends and national holiday’s no longer mean shorter business hours, as the consumer is ready, able and willing to reach out to...

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Digital business demands a new perspective to Enterprise Architecture (EA). What architects are responsible for has had to be revised, as the industry has demanded a more hands on EA contribution. The once support-only domain has transitioned into a business asset essential in business transformation, and expanded to require innovation from its practitioners. Many industry analysts...

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Enterprise Architecture’s (EA) reputation as an ivory tower domain, has long been a thorn in its side. Winning over stakeholders, business leaders and decision makers when the outcomes of a project aren’t easily conveyed is a tough ask. A difficulty in articulating the benefits of something doesn’t necessarily indicate that something isn’t beneficial, though. In...

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Enterprise Architecture can learn a lot from Feng Shui. The nature of technology in the 21st Century has demanded that organizations re-evaluate their operations constantly. Enterprise Architecture (EA) especially, has become the embodiment of these demands for fluidity. On a macro level, we’ve seen Enterprise Architecture transiton with IT in general as the once support...

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Strategy essentially describes an organization’s means to an end. Good strategy requires a healthy understanding of the end goal before the methods to reach it are hashed out, and much of this understanding lends itself to “Strategic Planning.” In short, strategic planning refers to the defining of strategy, goals and direction, but it also expands...

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We’ve come a long way from Enterprise Architecture’s (EA) beginnings. The Enterprise Architecture domain has grown rapidly, serving to deliver strategic guidance on IT activities and planning. Several core components of EA are by now, widely used in IT. Components such as revealing the relation between layers of applications and technology, or between processes, functions...

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Idera just released another er/Studio to erwin head-to-head comparison with the title “er/Studio 2016 vs. erwin 9.64 Comparison Guide,” which is now available for download. The paper is authored by Dr. Nicholas Khabbaz and François Cartier of e-Modelers, the preferred partner of Embarcadero Technologies (now part of Idera). Not exactly an impartial opinion. Keep that...

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