How to know if your application is “strategic”

Enterprise Architects get involved in some pretty hairy discussions.  One responsibility that tends to fall to Enterprise Architecture is to steer the evolution of the business and/or business infrastructure away from needless complexity and towards effective, agile, and efficient operations.  Sounds good… rolls nicely off the tongue.  In reality, EA is sometimes a fistfight.  If…

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Enterprise Strategic Architecture in Product Development

We see a lot of discussion, in the frameworks, books, speeches, and the blogosphere that discusses the value of EA as it applies to the planning and governance of money spent to change a company (usually IT dollars, but many enlightened souls will speak of a broader PMO that includes business initiatives). As you read…

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Can Federal EA ever include the full scope of Enterprise Architecture?

Adrian Grigoriu recently posted about the failure of EA frameworks to address real enterprise architecture, due to their focus on IT and lack of focus on business.  He is right, of course, in pointing out that TOGAF does not cover Enterprise Architecture fully and that Zachman is so poor that it fails to offer any…

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