Socially Developed Architecture

One of the most challenging aspects in our role as architects is that we often have to influence without direct authority.   We often wrestle with this fact as we may not have the managerial clout and there may be lack of clarity on what precisely we are accountable for.    Perhaps simply stated, we have to be THE accountable party for…

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Fragility of Markets and Architecture Failure

As the NASDAQ exchange came to a grinding halt this past week, I, as well as many of you perhaps thought about system failure and what was the series of events and initial conditions that preceded the shutdown. Did a human did something strange that set a series of events in motion that jeopardized the…

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Deep Thinking on The Architecture of Architecture: Meta-Architecture

As many of you have already have known, Enterprise Architecture and Architecture within the context of sociotechnical organization is going through what I believe a renaissance period.   The architecture field is moving to more of an interdisciplinary art and science.    Also many architects, myself included, have been trained on producing goal oriented systems.  This teleological approach based…

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Addressing the Multi-Dimensionality Challenge on Thinking of The Enterprise as a System

Last week I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Open Group conference in Newport Beach, California.  I find these conferences enlightening as I enjoyed the dialog with fellow professions who share similar point of views on the discipline of Enterprise Architecture.   I have made the following observations: We have a huge challenge in…

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The Antifragile Enterprise: Complexity Exists, but Let’s Not Overcomplicate it or IT.

The Enterprise is a complex system.  I have accepted that fact.   I think many of us in the enterprise architecture profession have also accepted this fact as well, or at least I hope we have.   But then again there is natural response to things in which we do in order to address “complexity.”  There is a tendancy to…

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Enterprise Architecture’s Transition to Consumer Oriented Services

Unless you have been living in cave for the past five or so years, you may have noticed that technology is being democratized within your business.  Perhaps right under your feet!  The confluence of consumerization, cloud computing, ubiquitous connectivity, and the needs of a modern dynamic business will (if not already) fundamentally change information technology’s role in…

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Modernizing Enterprise Architecture: Address The Neurosis of IT

“TCP/IP and Ethernet will not be accepted as a valid network implementation as SNA and Token Ring are our preferred standards.” – circa 1993 by nameless corporate Information Systems expert. I was shocked when I had heard this, and images of ostriches with their heads in the sand immediately came into mind. I was new…

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The Evolution of the Modern Enterprise Architect

At the Open Group Conference in San Francisco earlier this month Dr. Jeanne Ross from MIT CISR made the statement, “One day the CIO will report to the Enterprise Architect.”   As you can imagine this caused quite the stir within at the conference, and the LinkedIn and Twitterverse started to explode with comments from both…

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Rethinking the Enterprise "Mess" Using a System Thinking Approach

I have long considered the discipline of “architecture” as a problem solving technique that brings together art, philosophy, engineering, physics, culture, technology, etc.  Producing a high quality architecture is to provide a platform for the enterprise to balance form, function, and elegance.   Or using today’s parlance: structure, behaviors, and desire.   I know the term “desire”…

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