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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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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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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