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They say that “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” The trouble is that sometimes things are working ‘just fine’, meanwhile the competition has jumped up the evolutionary ladder to take advantage of efficiencies and capabilities that aren’t avail...
[This article was originally written as a guest post for Puppet Labs and published at their blog on January 9th, 2014.] If you haven’t yet noticed that prioritization of non-functional requirements (NFRs) is changing amongst your user base, you will … Continue reading →
Back in my debate days, I was introduced to The Socratic Method, which is a line of reasoning popularized by Socrates in which seemingly “fundamental” concepts that appear to defy definition were explored to either bring clarity or to reveal … Continue reading →
“There’s gold in them clouds!!” – The gold rush for business value and pace of change is on and the latest golden child is DevOps. That delicious portmanteau of Development and Operations. But much like the Wild West, our rush … Continue reading →
OK, so maybe TOGAF education (currently, TOGAF 9.1 is the latest version) is not exactly what Lao Tzu had in mind when describing the importance of taking initiative toward completing a monumental task, but it certainly is an apt metaphor. … Continue reading →
Across my client base, one of the most misunderstood architecture domains is that of Business Architecture.  This is terribly unfortunate, because Business Architecture is the cornerstone for any successful Enterprise, Solution, or Project Architecture.  Ultimately, it all needs to be ...
Fog a mirror? Check.  Study and pass the TOGAF certification? Check.  Congratulations, you are now an architect.  Wait, what? If you have ever wondered what the TOGAF certification gets you (or any cert for that matter), you may be disappointed to … Continue reading →
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you are aware of the hype around Big Data and Predictive Analytics.  The potential is mind-blowing, but organizations looking to pursue Big Data must be cautious and consider the enabling pieces that need … Continue reading →
Old News. Long Shorts. Jumbo Shrimp. Agile EA. What’s the common thread?? They are all oxymoronical statements. But does it have to be that way? Does the implementation of Enterprise Architecture, or for that matter Solution Architecture, necessarily have to … Continue read...
I just delivered a webinar describing the gaps that exist in classic, CMMI-style approaches to maturity when applied to architecture practices. If you’d like the deck, you can find it here: Architecture Maturity with Rubrics I’ll post a link to … Continue reading U...
We talk about Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Solution Architecture (SA) so much that sometimes I think we have ourselves convinced that it is actually possible to implement one.  We craft models, generate elaborate diagrams, and implement sophisticated tooling, all in … Continu...
A common conversation with my clients centers around the topic of certification. Should an architect get certified?  Should a hiring manager insist upon only hiring certified architects?  After all, wouldn’t you prefer to work with someone that has proven to … Continue read...
A cornerstone of the TOGAF Architecture Development Methodology (ADM) is that of the elusive ‘building block’.  I say that it is ‘elusive’, because the Open Group describes the characteristics of building blocks and articulates various uses of these blocks, but ...
Last weekend I took my oldest son and two of his friends to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, TX. We had a superb time and had loads of fun building with giant rubber LEGO blocks, creating towers that … Continue reading →
Through a variety of anecdotal evidence, it became clear to me in the early part of 2011 that architecture aptitude had a strong correlation with other activities.  Abstraction, patterns, synthesis, and rule sets are also important qualities of music, mathematics, … Continue read...
George Orwell promised us flying cars in 1984.  One hundred years ago, some visionary imagined that machines would construct buildings by following the instructions of an architect (as seen in the above picture).  In modern times we are repeatedly promised … Continue reading U...
Finesse has never been my forte.  I’m a bit more of a brute force, power-through-it, kind of guy.  And yet, I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for the value and importance of technique.  Whether it is technique … Continue reading →
Architects are entrusted with the task of crafting the model for one or more enterprise systems.  What use is a craftsman or craftswoman without tools?  The tools of an architect can range from the very simple (a whiteboard or word … Continue reading →
“Art and science have their meeting point in method.” – Robert Bulwer-Lytton (19th Century English statesman and poet) Much of what architects must do centers around that delicate balance between artist elegance and exacting science.  Some describe this as an … ...
Children dream of becoming astronauts, police officers, movie stars, sports professionals, etc.  No one dreams of one day becoming a Software Architect.  Instead, people seem to grow into architecture professions over time.  With few exceptions, individuals that become business archite...
Q. How many IT architects does it take to change a light bulb? A. None. Light bulbs aren’t important enough to warrant an architect’s attention except as part of a much larger and more complex system, such as the power … Continue reading →
As a lad, the best time of the week was Saturday morning. That’s when the multi-hour extravaganza of cartoons ensued. One of my favorites, was G.I. Joe. In the midst of all the bad acting and COBRA’s unrealistically bad aim, … Continue reading →
There seems to be increasing interest in the subject of architecture.  First, more and more of our established clients are asking for formal guidance around architecture.  Secondly, we have seen a noticeable increase in the number of organizations that are looking for support in develo...
There seems to be increasing interest in the subject of architecture.  First, more and more of our established clients are asking for formal guidance around architecture.  Secondly, we have seen a noticeable increase in the number of organizations that are … Continue reading U...
One essential aspect of getting genuine value out of architecture involves the proper identification of when to apply certain tools to solve a problem.  There is often a struggle between the desire to apply a new technique / methodology / framework / technology to a problem and the dec...
One essential aspect of getting genuine value out of architecture involves the proper identification of when to apply certain tools to solve a problem.   There is often a struggle between the desire to apply a new technique / methodology / … Continue reading →
Three years ago I wrote about the subject of Orchestration vs Choreography vs Coordination in the context of SOA.  As I noted then, there is a considerable degree of ambiguity in the 'business process' / 'work flow' / 'process flow' / 'orchestration' / 'work queue' arena.  In the proje...
Three years ago I wrote about the subject of Orchestration vs Choreography vs Coordination in the context of SOA.  As I noted then, there is a considerable degree of ambiguity in the ‘business process’ / ‘work flow’ / ‘process flow’ … Continue ...
“Enterprise Architecture (EA) is too expensive” “My organization doesn't have time to stop and do EA” “EA (or some EA framework) requires the creation and maintenance of too much documentation” “EA will slow down the launch of new products and capabilities” Have you heard any of these...
“Enterprise Architecture (EA) is too expensive” “My organization doesn’t have time to stop and do EA” “EA (or some EA framework) requires the creation and maintenance of too much documentation” “EA will slow down the launch of new product...
In the late 1980s, a game show aired on NBC entitled Win, Lose, or Draw.  As I reflect upon the frenzy of activity and buzz around “Enterprise Architecture” over the last couple of years, I cannot help but think of the contestants frantically scribbling things on the board, as their .....
In the late 1980s, a game show aired on NBC entitled Win, Lose, or Draw.  As I reflect upon the frenzy of activity and buzz around “Enterprise Architecture” over the last couple of years, I cannot help but think of … Continue reading →
I delivered a presentation today regarding the role of the IT architect and aimed at addressing the identity crisis that seems to exist within so many organizations.  The webinar addressed the following topics: What an IT architect is NOT Defining the role of 'architect' Critical a...
I delivered a presentation today regarding the role of the IT architect and aimed at addressing the identity crisis that seems to exist within so many organizations.  The webinar addressed the following topics: What an IT architect is NOT Defining … Continue reading →
The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) refers to it as architectural partitioning and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) describes it as architectural levels, but the effort of carving up Enterprise Architecture (EA) into multiple strata and then aligning those...
The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) refers to it as architectural partitioning and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) describes it as architectural levels, but the effort of carving up Enterprise Architecture (EA) into multiple strata and then aligning those...
For the past several months I have been a bit distracted and I have not made this blog a priority.  There are several reasons for that: I got married (January 1st). I doubled the number of children living in my house when I did so (we have 6 between the two of ...
For the past several months I have been a bit distracted and I have not made this blog a priority.  There are several reasons for that: I got married (January 1st). I doubled the number of children living in my … Continue reading →
Over the past 6 months I have been working with a lot of clients that are either exploring the potential of Cloud Computing, or actively engaging in Cloud initiatives.  As I have worked with these organizations and had countless whiteboard discussions with curious individuals, I have n...
In-source, out-source, up-source, down-source, crowd-source, cloud-source, source, source, source. At your work and on the street, how many different sources you meet! (Inspiration borrowed from multiple readings of Dr Seuss's The Foot Book to my toddler). It seems everyone these day...