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Building an Effective Enterprise Architecture Capability

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 16 September 2013 | Number of views: 1915

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Enterprise Architecture supports implementation of change in a coordinated way. Building an Enterprise Architecture Capability is a process of change in itself, and thus can be supported by Enterprise Architecture methods and tools. In this White Paper we described how a high-level approach for the initiation and development of the...

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EA Roadmap for success: Wrap up

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 21 June 2013 | Number of views: 2729

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This posting wraps up our blog series on Enterprise Architecture implementation. In the series we described our experiences with implementing enterprise architecture, and how to be successful with that. We followed a step wise structure: Aim, Establish, and Execute.

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EA Roadmap for success: Capability Based Planning

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 14 June 2013 | Number of views: 4866

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This is the 12th posting of the enterprise architecture Roadmap for success blog series, before we wrap it up with an overview in the last posting. We have covered a wide range of topics so far, in this posting we zoom in on one of the most useful techniques in...

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EA Roadmap for success: Governing projects

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 09 April 2013 | Number of views: 3205

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This is the one but last posting of the enterprise architecture Roadmap for success blog series, before we wrap up. In the last three postings of the series we touch on some aspects pertinent to the execution phase of the winding path that is enterprise architecture implementation, as depicted below. 

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EA Roadmap for success: Architecture Principles and models

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 29 March 2013 | Number of views: 6277

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In this 10th posting we will cover the topic of using architecture principles and architecture models in tandem. Both focus on different aspects of Enterprise Architecture work / documentation and complement each other as we will see shortly.

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EA Roadmap for success: Consultants

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 13 March 2013 | Number of views: 4673

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In this 9th posting we will cover the topic of using consultants in your Enterprise Architecture practice. This may seem like a strange topic to address. After all, we do offer consultancy, so of course we can help. That’s our job.

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Enterprise Architecture Roadmap for success: Tooling

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 26 February 2013 | Number of views: 4109

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In this eighth posting we will cover the topic of Enterprise Architecture Tooling. First we will explore the question what capabilities effective Enterprise Architecture teams need from tools, and list some characteristics that tools need to have in order to efficiently support Enterprise Architects.

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Enterprise Architecture Roadmap for success: Establish an Enterprise Architecture team

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 12 February 2013 | Number of views: 5480

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This is the seventh posting in our “Enterprise Architecture Roadmap for success” series. In the previous posting we started to describe actionable steps that an organization needs to take in order to set up Enterprise Architecture.

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Enterprise Architecture Roadmap for success: Project based implementation

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 30 January 2013 | Number of views: 4629

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This is the sixth posting in our “Enterprise Architecture Roadmap for success” series. In this posting we zoom in on the implementation and embedding of an enterprise architecture practice in an organization.

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EA Roadmap for success: Adopting an open approach to EA

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 14 January 2013 | Number of views: 3474

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This is the fifth posting in our “EA Roadmap for success” series. In this posting we zoom in on the use of an Open approach to enterprise architecture.

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EA Roadmap for success: the Architecture Board

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 24 December 2012 | Number of views: 7426

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This is the fourth posting in our “EA Roadmap for success” series. In this posting we zoom in on the Architecture Board and its role in making enterprise architecture a success within organizations.

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EA Roadmap for success: Embedding the EA practice

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 11 December 2012 | Number of views: 2782

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This is the third posting in our “EA Roadmap for success” series. In this posting we zoom in on the embedding enterprise architecture within organizations: EA can only be successful by linking to, and aligning with other disciplines in the organization.

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EA Roadmap for success: Top-down versus Bottom-up architecture

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 26 November 2012 | Number of views: 4831

This is the second posting in our “EA Roadmap for success” series. In this posting we zoom in on the use of enterprise architecture in organizations. More specifically, we confront a top-down / strategic approach to architecture with a bottom-up / emergent approach.

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EA Roadmap for success: introduction

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 05 November 2012 | Number of views: 4196

More and more organizations turn to their enterprise architects for help with the implementation of their strategies, to deal with constant change, to build a roadmap to success. Many definitions, frameworks, and tools for enterprise architecture (EA) have been proposed and used in practice.

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ArchiMate core - Wrap-up

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 16 October 2012 | Number of views: 1769

This is the last posting in the Archimate series. In the series we covered the structure as well as some practical ways to use Archimate. In this last posting we will give a short summary of the ground covered, as well as direct you to resources where more information is...

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ArchiMate core - Patterns

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 09 July 2012 | Number of views: 9872

In this series on ArchiMate we have so far focused on the fundamentals of the language, and on tailoring it for use in your own organization. Also we wrote about some best practices for creating effective views for key stakeholders in your organization.

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ArchiMate core - Viewpoints

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 25 June 2012 | Number of views: 8766

In this series on ArchiMate we have so far focused on the fundamentals of the language, and on tailoring it for use in your own organization. In the course of this series, we have touched upon the subject of using ArchiMate to communicate with various stakeholders in the organization.

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ArchiMate core - Tailoring ArchiMate (5/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 11 June 2012 | Number of views: 2346

In the previous postings of this series we have introduced the (history of) the ArchiMate language, its underlying framework, the core concepts as well as its extensions. This should give you a good overview of the language.

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ArchiMate core - Extension (4/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 31 May 2012 | Number of views: 2581

In the previous two posts in this series we introduced the core of the ArchiMate languages existing of the three layers and three columns. However, not all questions that enterprise architects typically face are supported by this core. Think for example about questions around security, risk and implementation planning.

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ArchiMate core - Concepts (3/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 15 May 2012 | Number of views: 4316

This is the 3rd posting in our series on ArchiMate. So far we have discussed the history of ArchiMate and the rationale behind the framework (three layers: business / application / technology, three aspects: active structure, behavior, passive structure).

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ArchiMate core - Framework (2/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 02 May 2012 | Number of views: 3822

This article takes you about four minutes to read.

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ArchiMate core - Overview (1/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 17 April 2012 | Number of views: 1990

This article takes you about two minutes to read.

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Architecture standards: Wrap-up and summary (7/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 02 April 2012 | Number of views: 1012

This article takes you about three and a half minutes to read. 

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Architecture standards: governance (6/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 19 March 2012 | Number of views: 1214

This is the sixth posting in a series on architecture standards. In previous postings we discussed the standards terminology, the documentation of architecture standards as well as the embedding in the organization and the life cycle of architecture standards.

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Architecture standards: Life cycle (5/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 05 March 2012 | Number of views: 1360

This is the fifth posting in a series on architecture standards. In previous postings we discussed the standards terminology and the documentation of architecture standards as well the embedding of the standards practice in the organization. In this posting we discuss the life cycle of standards.

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Architecture standards: Embedding (4/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 06 February 2012 | Number of views: 1325

This is the fourth posting in a series on architecture standards. In previous postings we discussed the standards terminology and the documentation of architecture standards. In this posting we pick up the thread and dive into the embedding of the standards practice in the organization.

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Architecture standards: Documentation (3/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 23 January 2012 | Number of views: 1500

This is the third posting in a series on architecture standards. In the previous posting we presented some basic terminology. Most importantly, we distinguished between standard rules, and standard components. In this posting we pick up the thread and zoom in on the documentation of standards.

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Architecture standards: Terminology (2/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 09 January 2012 | Number of views: 1348

In the previous posting we have explained the benefits of having a good standards practice in place, especially in the context of enterprise architecture. In this posting we set the scene for our framework on standards management by introducing terminology that we will use throughout this series.

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Architecture standards: intro and overview (1/7)

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 19 December 2011 | Number of views: 1382

Standards management plays an important role in many aspects of organizations. It is frequently seen as a way to improve costing structures, governance, IT-efficiency et cetera. Setting up a good standards practice is by no means simple and straight forward, though.

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TOGAF series 9/9: Covering the basics: keep track of requirements

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 12 December 2011 | Number of views: 1841

This is the last posting in a series on TOGAF’s ADM. In this final post we zoom in on the Requirements Management phase which is central to the ADM. We will start this post with a discussion of the formal objectives, steps, inputs and outputs of this phase.

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TOGAF series 8/9: Dealing with change

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 28 November 2011 | Number of views: 1532

This is the eight posting in a series on TOGAF’s ADM which covers phase H – Architecture Change Management. Phase H is not really a phase, but more a continuous activity of monitoring change as well as establishing procedures for managing this change.

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TOGAF series 6/9: Translating opportunities to a well-defined project plan

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 31 October 2011 | Number of views: 2040

This is the sixth posting in a series on TOGAF’s ADM. In the previous post we zoomed in on finding opportunities that help realize a desired vision. In this post we pick up the thread and focus on translating these opportunities and solutions to a well-defined migration plan.

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TOGAF series 7/9: Managing implementation oversight of projects

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 14 November 2011 | Number of views: 1573

This is the seventh posting in a series on TOGAF’s ADM. In the previous posts we zoomed in on defining a vision, modeling baseline and target architectures, finding delivery vehicles for implementing the target architecture as well as defining a set of projects to implement the delivery vehicles.

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TOGAF series 5/9: Finding ways to implement the target architecture

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 17 October 2011 | Number of views: 2482

This is the fifth posting in a series on TOGAF’s ADM. Following the ADM, we have so far prepared the organization for doing architecture work, defined an architecture vision and modeled baseline- and target architecture. In this post we zoom in on phase E: Opportunities and Solutions in which we...

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TOGAF series 4/9: Figuring out the baseline architecture and target architecture

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 03 October 2011 | Number of views: 3035

This is the fourth post in a series on TOGAF’s ADM. In this posting we zoom in on Phases B, C, and D, covering business architecture, information systems architecture, and technology/infrastructure architecture. We briefly present the objectives, inputs, steps and outputs of this phase after which we reflect on best...

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TOGAF series 3/9: Starting an ADM cycle with a vision

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 19 September 2011 | Number of views: 1573

This is the third post in a series on TOGAF’s ADM. In this posting we zoom in on Phase A – Architecture vision. We briefly present the objectives, inputs, steps and outputs of this phase after which we reflect on best practices for this phase.

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TOGAF series 2/9: Preparing the organization for EA

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 05 September 2011 | Number of views: 1318

This is the second post in a series on TOGAF’s ADM. In this posting we zoom in on Phase P – the preliminary phase which prepares the organization for doing architecture with TOGAF. It may very well be that this is the most elusive phase of the ADM.

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TOGAF series 1/9: Implementing & Using TOGAF: best practices

Posted by Bas van Gils & Sven van Dijk on 22 August 2011 | Number of views: 1836

Architecture has been around since the mid 1980’s. The most famous standard from that era is probably John Zachman’s framework for enterprise architecture. Many more standards have been proposed since, ranging from the IEEE standard, DYA, DODAF/MODAF, TOGAF, ArchiMate, IAF etc.

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