Should Business Architects use the Business Model Canvas at the Program level?

In the Open Group conference at Newport Beach, I listened to a series of presentations on business architecture.  In one of them, the presenter described his practice of using Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas to create a model of his program’s environment after a business program (aka business initiative) is started.  He felt that the canvas…

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Steps To Create a Core Diagram

To be fair, these are steps to create a solid understanding of the architecture of a business, but the deliverable is a core diagram, so that’s the title of the post.  I first wrote about a method for creating core diagrams about a year ago, as I was preparing for a talk on the subject…

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The EA Metamodel behind the Business Model Generation

Back when Alexander Osterwalder was first working on the book “Business Model Generation,” I reached out to him to see if I could discuss the data elements he had chartered for his “Business Model Canvas.”  After all, from an Enterprise Architecture standpoint, he was making some pretty problematic assumptions, and missing some key opportunities, with…

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Speaking at TechEd New Zealand on Business Architecture

Haven’t  been to New Zealand yet, but I will be there soon… From September 4 through 7 in Auckland, for TechEd New Zealand.  I will be presenting two topics (Business architecture for non architects, and Aligning IT with capabilities). Now, normally you wouldn’t see Enterprise Architecture topics on a TechEd calendar.  However, in the NZ…

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Enterprise Business Motivation Model version 3.5

For those of you who have been waiting for me to announce the release of the newest version of the Enterprise Business Motivation Model, I’m happy to announce that version 3.5 is available now.  To visit a WordPress site set up to explain the model, visit http://motivationmodel.com To visit a web site produced by the…

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On the Hunt for the One-Page View of an Enterprise

I am currently noodling the idea of a one-page view of my employer (Microsoft) for the purpose of rationalizing the sharing of services across business units and business models.  (If you understood the previous sentence, you are probably an enterprise architect, even if that is Not your title). As a result, I’m on a hunt…

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Metamodel 101

I was just privy to a conversation about the value of creating a specific kind of metamodel, and it made me wonder… if I had to explain the concept of a metamodel to someone, how would I do it?  First, let’s start by defining the term “metamodel.”  The IEEE Online Software Engineering Vocabulary (SEVOCAB) provides…

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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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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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