Axioms for Modern Enterprise Architecture

Recently many of my colleagues were engaged in a healthy debate of principles around enterprise architecture.   As I was dwelling on this, there was a healthy discussion on what a principle should be and how should they be described, etc.   There are various sources on the Web on how to develop good architecture principles.  When…

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The Systems Thinking Architect

I was recently visiting a client and presenting a case study on the value of architecture.   As I glanced across the room, I had noticed the “business guy” look at me inquisitively and said something similar to the following: “We do not need architects, they spend too much time pontificating and telling us that we are…

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Architecture Considerations around Fabric Computing

Architecture Considerations around Fabric Computing The fabric concept has been around since 1998, and computing fabrics using commodity hardware and software are now starting to come into fruition.  The fabric system provides a set of interconnected nodes and links (structures) and operations (behaviors) which function as a unified computing system or subsystem.    In order to better…

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Architecting for Fitness using Complex Adaptive Systems

Fitness of complex adaptive systems (CAS) is an area of research that I have been studying over the last few years, specifically how these systems are structured and how they behave.    One of the characteristics of a CAS is that the rules that define its operation are relatively simple, elements can self-organize, but this lead to many outcomes due to…

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The New World of Emergent Architecture and Complex Adaptive Systems

Over the years, we architects have been taught to design systems that maintain equilibrium.   We designed for service levels, deployed security countermeasures, and built complicated solutions to meet 100% of our requirements.   We strove for perfection.   This mindset comes from the established manufacturing era of the last century where systems must be managed and controlled.   This Newtonian machine metaphor was revaluated…

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The Passionate Architect

“There is nothing more horrible than to walk to fault line between new and old, seeing what the future holds, screaming about it in your art and writing, and finding only mute incomprehension or dismissal in your audience.” – Joshua Cooper Ramos, The Age of the Unthinkable When I had read this quote over a…

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Moments of Crystallization, an Enterprise Architect’s Journey

The Journey This initial posting is to set up the practice of Zen and the Art of Enterprise Architecture.   I am often asked the question: “How did you become an Architect?”   Although many in the IT industry have taken the George Costanza approach and just slapped the title “architect” on their business card, I did not. I could discuss…

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