Quick Wins with Enterprise Architecture Methodology

Happy New Year! It’s nice to be back again and writing about my favorite topic.

This spring I’m speaking at the Enterprise Architectures Conference on Quick Wins in Enterprise Architecture so I thought I’d share a bit of the content.

Enterprise Architecture as a new program within a company or an organization is difficult to kick off. Often there are so many things that need to get done, that we are overwhelmed. We might resort to following recommendations or readings we might find in a book on EA, or from a paper, or even a framework.

Many newbies will get a framework and attempt to start filling in the cells.

Others might pick up Spewak’s book, or some other writing and start with a pure planning method in which we capture Goals, Drivers, Strategic Direction and then Current and Target state with hopes that it will eventually turn into a migration plan and eventually projects and a set of standards and principles.

If you make a quick list (take no more than a hour to do this) of the things that you would like to include in your plan and then EA projects that are most needed at your organization. In speaking with my CIO today, he said that a list of what we had depicted graphically with a target state mapping and then a status for each technology with respect to “contain, expand, conclude” or other such terminology to state plans for their use going forward. Even in a very large organization this is relatively attainable unless you are very distributed.

It is perfectly acceptable to have multiple technologies within a domain. For example, you might designate one database technology for small and medium applications, and another for large enterprise applications or solution specific applications where there is none or little choice.

Statements as to whether or not you will accept or embrace open source, and the types of platforms that are suitable for technology “families” or categories of activities to be performed on one particular type of service (Unix flavored or Intel for example), is also very helpful. General guidelines will help teams when they are searching for solutions.

Well – this is just a hint of what will be included in my topics and further writings.

Happy Architecting!

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