Open Letter to TOG #7

Dear TOG,

I hope this letter finds you well.

As shepherd of the ArchiMate standard, you are currently working on its next iteration. As I am not part of the ArchiMate Forum, I am going to send you a few open letters with suggestions for improvement of the language and what to do an not to do. I will be voicing some stern/harsh criticisms on ArchiMate in these letters, please don’t take it personal, I’m only interested in strengthening the language which I already find useful as it is. And I apologise beforehand for my language here and there.

This is the sixth of such a letter. The previous ones: sixth, fifthfourththirdsecond, and first.

Today, I’d like to talk to you about the Composition and Aggregation relations and how they play a role in ArchiMate’s derivation mechanism. Continue reading

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Open Letter to TOG #6

Dear TOG,

I hope this letter finds you well.

As shepherd of the ArchiMate standard, you are currently working on its next iteration. As I am not part of the ArchiMate Forum, I am going to send you a few open letters with suggestions for improvement of the language and what to do an not to do. I will be voicing some stern/harsh criticisms on ArchiMate in these letters, please don’t take it personal, I’m only interested in strengthening the language which I already find useful as it is. And I apologise beforehand for my language here and there.

This is the sixth of such a letter. The previous ones: fifthfourththirdsecond, and first.

Today, I want to write to you about the small issue of the names of a few elements. Continue reading

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Modeling Virtual Data

Enough discussing proposed fixes and improvements for ArchiMate (here, here, here, here and here). Time for a ‘normal’ modelling post. This time about the concept of virtual data. Most of you will know what a virtual machine is, so what is virtual data? Continue reading

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Serious Request 2015

It’s time to do something good.

Every year, in the week before Christmas, the Dutch radio station 3FM sets up a ‘glass house’ somewhere in The Netherlands, three dj’s are locked up in it for a week without food and they air a program directed at getting funds for a good cause. This is called Serious Request. Continue reading

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US Visit January 2016

I’ll be visiting the US (North Carolina, New York) from January 25 until January 28. That creates an opportunity to give an Enterprise Architecture talk or class in the days just before or after. If people are interested to set something up, contact me here.

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Cyber Monday 2015 Deal

As I was too late to set up a really good Black Friday deal, I’ve decided to create a Cyber Monday deal (the books are about the world as it has changed thanks to ‘cyber’ after all, and besides the deal is about an electronic version). Using the Coupon Code CMD2015 at checkout, you will get a 15% discount on all electronic products of R&A. These include:

  • Mastering ArchiMate Edition II PDF
  • Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture PDF
  • The bundle of both books

Please go to their individual home pages (Mastering ArchiMate or Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture) for links to purchase either or both PDF.

The coupon is valid between 29 Nov 11:00 (CET) and 01 Dec 12:00 (CET) (which lets it run until Monday is really over — in the US at least).

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Black Friday 2015 Deal

My apologies for being late, but I decided to add a Black Friday Deal for this year. Using the Coupon Code BFD2015, you will get a 15% discount on all electronic products of R&A. These include:

  • Mastering ArchiMate Edition II PDF
  • Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture PDF
  • The bundle of both books

Please go to their individual home pages (Mastering ArchiMate or Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture) for links to purchase either or both PDF.

The coupon is valid between 27 Nov 17:00 (CET) and 28 Nov 17:00 (CET).

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