Enterprise Architecture is responsible for establishing the Information Technology (IT) Roadmap which will form a large part of Capital Expenditure within an organisation. Project Management is the execution mechanism for an EA programme of work when approved and funded. As such Enterprise Architecture and Project Management intersect at various points within the Corporate Project Portfolio.
As the dust settles on one of the most opinion-dividing and controversial election results in history many people were left wondering what the consequences will be with Donald Trump taking over from Barack Obama in the New Year. Social media sites were awash with people adding their two cents on the results and what it means not only for the USA, but also for the rest of the world.
EA Learning is delighted to announce the launch of a new course created by Craig Martin and Helen Palmer through Craig’s new business Design Chain. Design in Business will provide a relevant, practical, and highly insightful learning experience for Architects and other analytical professionals into the discipline of Design Thinking.
A great cup of coffee might seem like an easy every day item, but have you ever truly considered what has to happen to make that coffee? The beans need to be beautifully roasted, they are ground to the perfect consistency, the milk is steamed until it’s silky and smooth, the crema is flowing and then the barista expertly combines them to give you a delicious mouthful of caffeine. Get even one of these elements wrong and suddenly the whole coffee experience is lost.
As awareness and interest in the Open Group’s new IT4IT Reference Architecture continues to gather pace in online communities, blogs and industry events, one over-arching question remains; what is the business value of this new approach? Quantifying the value of Enterprise Architecture has been a subject that has been discussed long and hard since the advent of online communities such as LinkedIn over the years. I foresee similar discussion threads emerging around IT4IT, along with questions about its place alongside other reference models and frameworks, e.g. “Is IT4IT in competition with, or a complement to, ITIL and DevOps?”
In October 2016 we held our first ‘Design in Business’ course in Melbourne in partnership with DesignChain. The course, authored by Craig Martin and Helen Palmer, looks to take Design Thinking and apply it in a business context, both in terms of solving real-world business problems but also in a way that can be integrated within mainstream disciplines such as Business Planning, Architecture and Analysis.
A couple of weeks ago I participated in a “Design in Business” course run by Enterprise Architects , co-created with DesignChain and facilitated by the inimitable Helen Palmer.
Have you ever wondered how industry standard reference models come to be? At Enterprise Architects and FromHereOn we embrace and promote the use of reference models in jump starting the strategy and architecture efforts of our clients. We have adopted and adapted the likes of SCOR (supply chain), APQC (business process), BIAN (banking), EMMM™ (mining) amongst others in the interests of driving a consistent business definition across clients and solutions in given sectors.
Have you ever attempted to align two ‘high level’ models? Sure there are likely to be features they both have in common – but then there is likely to be the rest of the model where things have been grouped differently, rolled up into different categories or described at differing levels of detail.
Imagine your team has designed a business architecture for your company, and now you have ten minutes to present your findings and recommendations to the CEO. What do you say? How can you get them believing beyond a shadow of a doubt that your recommendations are the best way forward?