Resolved?

FEAPThe Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), a “worldwide association of professional organizations which have come together to provide a forum to standardize, professionalize, and otherwise advance the discipline of Enterprise Architecture (EA)”, has announced and published their EA Perspectives White Paper, ”Common Perspective on Enterprise Architecture”.

The Great Debate — what is enterprise architecture — resolved in a new paper, writes Stephen Ibaraki in a commentary/promotion article. The White Paper itself is slightly more modest:

As with any profession or practice, there are many definitions, perspectives, and schools of thought surrounding Enterprise Architecture. This paper addresses a shared goal among Enterprise Architects to evolve the practice from a fragmented, often poorly understood field to a “real profession,” on par with well-established professions such as accounting and engineering… This paper provides a high level description of Enterprise Architecture and what it can do for an organization, removing much of the jargon that often surrounds such efforts. It was written to provide insight into what Enterprise Architects do, what kind of skills are needed, and what results an organization should expect from their Enterprise Architecture efforts.

The White Paper is described by Brian Cameron and Nick Malik in an interview. Speaking of these gentlemen, check out @eabok and …

 

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I will for now refrain from making comments on the White Paper and the EABOK revision. Will get my students to study both, and don’t want to give them too many hints just yet  ;-)

 

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EA Voices 1.1

Version 1.1

Version 1.1 portrait mode

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Version 1.0

The EA Voices Apps have been updated. The Android version is now in Google Play, and should flag up if you already have it installed. The iOS version is being reviewed by Apple now; this may well take a while.

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The new version has a new look and feel, as seen to the right. The main design idea was to make it look and feel more consistent throughout the app, which – it being a hybrid app – also means more like the EAVoices.com website.

The website and hence also the app uses responsive design to optimize both portrait and landscape mode. To the right above is the portrait mode, and below is the landscape mode:

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Version 1.1 Landscape mode

I know a standard use case is to conduct a search, so I put a big fat search bar right in your face :-)

The app’s menu has also been updated:

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The last link, Glossary, is a new feature: A glossary of enterprise architecture terms and definitions (yes, the same as on EAGlossary.com). Click term to search for it in the database.

The Themes link is an attempt at giving an overview of what is talked about in the community. I am looking into ways to dig into the over two million words in the database. I have upgraded the search mechanism, and although it is not the fastest search in town, it does a great job in finding good search results.

For browser-based use, I also created a small “bookmarklet”:

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Just drag-and-drop it to your bookmark bar, and then click that whenever you highlight a term somewhere, and get direct search results.

 

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Beyond Alignment Book

frontcover-201x300I am pleased to announce that our new book, Beyond Alignment: Applying Systems Thinking in Architecting Enterprises (ISBN 9781848901162) is now available via Amazon.com, and should be available internationally any day now.

The book is a comprehensive reader about how enterprises can apply systems thinking in their enterprise architecture practice, for business transformation and for strategic execution. The book’s contributors find that systems thinking is a valuable way of thinking about the viable enterprise and how to architect it. The contributions to the book have been collected over the past couple of years and continuously been edited by authors and editors. As the Danish poet Piet Hein said, T.T.T., Things Take Time (Ting Tager Tid). We hope you will enjoy the result.

 

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Farewell, Journal

The May number of the Journal of Enterprise Architecture is now available to AEA members. This number contains a good blend of fine articles:

Editor’s Corner: John Gøtzejea

Architect in the Spotlight: Chris Bird

Towards Enterprise Architecture-Infused Organizations
By Bjorn Cumps, Stijn Viaene, Pascal Dussart, Joachim Vanden Brande

The EARScorecard – An Instrument to Assess the Effectiveness of the EA Realization Process
By Leo Pruijt, Raymond Slot, Henk Plessius, and Sjaak Brinkkemper

Physical Design Criteria for an EA Repository
By Rory Darling

Managerial and Ontological Issues in the Development of Enterprise Architecture – Experiences from a Case Study
By Jonas Hedman and Mikael Schonström

Book Review: Intersection: How Enterprise Design Bridges the Gap Between Business, Technology, and People
By Peter Sjølin

For me, this number is particularly special: It is the last number under my editorship. In the Editor’s Corner, I note:

FAREWELL

I have decided to step down as Chief Editor of JEA, and this number will be the last number under my editorship. I have been serving the EA community over 100 peer-reviewed articles over the past three years, and now need to focus more on my own work. It’s been a privilege working with the contributing authors, the reviewers, the editorial board, and the AEA staff.

Thank you.

I decided to step down because I envisioned another direction for JEA than what the AEA management had in mind. I will leave it to AEA to talk about their plans for the future of JEA.

 

Enterprisey thoughts – John Gøtze