Do you perform Information Architecture or a Data Architecture?

So, full disclosure, I care about Wikipedia.  Call me dumb, I know.  Wikipedia has been described, alternatively, as the best platform ever invented for fostering useless arguments among ignorant people /and/ the most successful encyclopedia effort of all time.  The truth, as always, lies between these extremes. Well, I’m part of a small team that…

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Being Forgotten in the Internet of Things

We all know that Google lost a landmark legal case recently.  As of now, a citizen of Europe has the “right to be forgotten” on the Internet.  As of now, a citizen of Europe can ask Google to “forget” them, so that a search of their identity will not return embarrassing information from the past. …

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EA Schools of Thought

As an Enterprise Architect, I’m first and foremost a problem solver.  I don’t like to ignore problems.  Yet, it appears that EA as a field has a problem and I’m finding it tough to ignore it.  What is the problem?  If you judge by the 1500+messages that have flooded the Enterprise Architecture Network on LinkedIn,…

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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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Should some requirements be called out as “architectural” requirements?

Some methodologies of software architecture, including EWITA, attempt to describe architectural processes in a manner that is quite separate from the development of software.  Is that valid? To whit, the first step in the EWITA process is described as “architectural requirements.” Yet, there doesn’t seem to be any definition, on that site, about what criteria…

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On the federated ownership of a conceptual domain

As I mentioned in my last post, we have produced an interesting conceptual model of IT as a business, from Business Motivation all the way through to Operations.  For those of you who know I’m a SOA promoter: yes, I can represent a composite application in the repository. More importantly, I can represent the reasons…

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Feedback requested: Information driven process design

An esteemed associate of mine asked me recently if I believe that a conceptual information model, created and delivered independently from a process model, can be considered useful when attempting to improve a business.  In other words, if you have an conceptual information model, can you use it directly, or do you need to produce…

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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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Traceability, the Solution Model, and Metamodeling

It is nice to point out, on occasion, when two different leaders in the architecture community are saying things that, when added together, become greater than the sum of their parts.  First off, my friend and colleague Gabriel Morgan recently described the business value of creating a single underlying model to connect all aspects of…

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