Alignment - the missing Viewpoint

The (ISO Standard) RM-ODP model is a powerful and well reasoned mechanism for creating Architectural descriptions (“architectures”).  Leveraging the IEEE-1471 taxonomy, and building out a visual style and standardized approach, there is tremendous value in learning and using this the RM-ODP (Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing), and I’m getting to the point of recommending…

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Measuring Risk in Application Portfolio Management

I decided to take a few minutes of my vacation time to catch up on my reading, and I read through Mike Walker’s article on MSDN on APM and EA.  It is an interesting and useful article. (I’d give it a B-). One thing that I’d like to highlight in the practice of application portfolio…

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Does APM reduce cost? That depends.

The goal of Application Portfolio Management is to reduce the cost of owning the portfolio.  The fundamental premise is this: We own a lot of code. It costs a lot to maintain our code.  (too much) Management wants to be able to make cuts in the maintenance budget. We don’t know which costs are optional…

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Putting Application Portfolio Management into the picture

Gabriel Morgan knocks one out of the ballpark in this blog post that traces the connection from Business strategy through business process to applications, data, and hardware.  Highly recommended for anyone who is an Enterprise Architect or aspires to being an Enterprise Architect.  One aspect that Gabriel didn’t address is Application Portfolio Management.  I’d like…

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Pay Attention to the Application Portfolio

One nice thing about being in Enterprise Architecture: you get to watch as the infrastructure changes.  When you are working on one big project or another, or even a dozen different projects over the course of the year, you only see the changes that you helped to create, but in EA, we have to take…

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Third attempt - definition of an application in a SOA environment

In a previous post, I rattled on about the problems faced by Application Portfolio managers who wish to reduce the total cost of ownership and measure portfolio return through the oversimplified lens of “how many apps do you have?” I complained, rather heartily, that the older definitions of an app are no longer valid.  However,…

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