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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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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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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