This post is about two related things: modelling actual detailed architectures of large homogenous landscapes and the class versus instance issue in ArchiMate. Both are closely related. But before I start out, for those unacquainted with Object-Orientation, or Classes and Instances (the notions are strongly related but not perfectly identical) I will give a very short primer on the underlying concepts.
And if you are new to ArchiMate, please skip this post, it contains non-standard ideas for ArchiMate and it will probably only confuse you; the language is really not that confusing if you learn it first (e.g. by reading the book). Continue reading
The site for the next book “Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture” has gone live. It will take some time still before the book is available, but I will already start blogging a bit about the subject.
A welcome message has been posted on the blog. It explains why the new blog has been started.
Just a short note today. The Open Source Archi Tool used to be supported by a UK University. It isn’t anymore. The university has stopped its sponsoring and Archi’s developer (Phil Beauvoir) has left the university and started an initiative to keep Archi thriving (it is widely used in the world). But he also needs a living. He won’t be able to keep Archi alive unless he is paid in some way. As I have experienced with Edition I, it is difficult to get people to pay/donate for something that is (or in my case ‘looked like’) a free download). So, if you use Archi, please donate an amount that reflects the importance of Archi for your work. And if you use Archi seriously as a business, take out a sponsorship. Remember, in the end “there is no such thing as a free lunch”.
In Plato’s ‘Socratic Dialogue’ Protagoras, Socrates and Protagoras (the great ‘Sophist’) have a discussion on what knowledge and skill is and how people acquire these. I am reminded of that discussion as I am thinking about how to explain my reasoning on the issue of Stakeholder versus Role. More about that at the end. Continue reading
This is the third time I am writing a post titled “What is wrong with this picture?”. Sadly, I only have this picture and not the explanation that comes with it, but I found it funny enough to put it up for comments. Continue reading
In a previous post, I discussed the first ideas that came from thinking about modelling the physical side of an enterprise, things like printing presses, steel mills, etc., something not directly the domain of ArchiMate (nor EA in general for that matter, it is often all about Business-IT). We can take some of the ideas of that post for a spin and see what happens. Weird stuff, indeed. Continue reading