Essential Project–Open Source EA Metamodel

One thing that often occurs when a team sets out to create an EA tool is that they create a metamodel that will be supported within the tool.  As I pointed out in my last post, I would like to openly challenge tool makers to allow multiple simultaneous metamodels to exist, so that organizations can…

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Can EA Data be independent of the Metamodel?

One thing that I’ve come to appreciate is both the importance, and impermanence, of the Enterprise Architecture metamodel.  If that last sentence didn’t piss you off, you weren’t listening. I’ve found two common groups of Enterprise Architects: Folks who do not understand, or care, about EA metamodels.  Starting with Zachman aficionados, and working up to…

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Kudos to Cambridge for refusing to cover up security holes in “Chip and PIN”

One challenge with long-running news stories is that it is often difficult to keep track of the “current” bits.  Even important news can seem like “old” news because the problem is taking so long to be resolved, or even addressed.  What worries me is that many folks, especially here in the USA, are completely unaware…

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Enterprise Architecture and the Lessons of History

I am an Enterprise Architect.  It is my job to look at things the way they are, and envision the things that should be.  It is my role to describe specific actions that specific people can take to change things (systems, processes, corporate structures, etc.) to lead an enterprise towards a better place.  The role…

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How (not) to convince an architect

I’ve been watching, with a mixture of dismay and mirth, a LinkedIn discussion between Adrian Grigoriu and a group of Enterprise Architects as he attempts to promote his new business architecture approach.  Now, to be fair, Adrian has already written and published his book, so it is a little late to take constructive criticism from…

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Will Wikileaks be responsible for the next attack on the United States?

I rarely do a personal rant on my blog… preferring to stick mostly to Architecture, but this time, I am incensed by the behavior of WikiLeaks, and I’ll share my opinion.  If you are not interested, feel free to skip this entry. Today, WikiLeaks decided to publish a list of potential targets for terrorism that…

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Creating a compelling visual story

One thing that I’ve become fascinated with over the past few years is the difference between people who have good ideas, and people who use good ideas to bring about change. I’m not alone to notice that the folks who originate a concept are usually NOT the ones who get the credit for it… it…

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EA Leadership and Compromise: Sometimes, success is not what you think it will be

About a week ago, I blogged a short story about a fictional town that faced a problem, with two competing solutions.  There are many observations about life in corporate IT that I included in that story: how different people can end up competing when they should be working together, how ideas can get in the…

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The Little Town of Busit

Once upon a time, there was a little town called Busit in a valley, deep in the mountains.  Through the middle of this valley ran the river Menatz. The valley was fertile and the farmers produced bountiful crops of grain, vegetables, and fruit.  The livestock was well fed and the people had plenty.  However, every…

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Are we documenting the wrong things?

James McGovern blogged recently about his dislike of documentation as part of software development.  While I disagree with his style and penchant for hyperbole, McGovern asks some good questions.  Do we create documentation “because we should” or do we create documentation in situations where it has proven useful, where people read the documentation, and where…

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