Two appearances: Gartner EA Summit (UK) and MBT Conference (NL)

Short update. For those who would like to discuss Enterprise Architecture with me in person: I will be presenting at the Gartner EA Summit London 2015 on May 20th 2015 in London UK and I will be giving the closing keynote (in Dutch) at the MBT Congres 2015 on May 21st 2015 in Houten NL.

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Used-By Redux

The direction of arrow of the Used-By relation is a constant source of entertainment and/or frustration, see for instance this (started by Sol Kahn, 37 comments) and this LinkedIn discussion (started by Michiel Perdeck, 40 comments). As the latter discussion shows, the frustration with the direction of ArchiMate’s Used-By may remain, it is not always a passing problem for someone new to ArchiMate. Maybe the following helps in the discussions about Used-By. Continue reading

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The #ArchiMate Wish List: Group

Did you ever wonder what a strange beast the Grouping Relation in the ArchiMate zoo of elements and relations is? According to the standard it is a ‘relation’. It is, however, one of the weirdest elements of ArchiMate. Officially it is a relation, but it looks like an element. Somehow, it stands for a relation between all the elements grouped, but modelling-wise, it does not relate to any other part of a model. It’s a bit reminiscent of the phrase ‘the sound of clapping with one hand’. Continue reading

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ArchiMate doesn’t make communication to management easier

Architects generally wrestle with the problem of communicating their complex world of dependencies to stakeholders. Those that created the ArchiMate language hoped that making a better language would enable clearer communication. While ArchiMate does enable more precise communication than your average set of lines and boxes in a presentation, the precision does not make things by definition clearer.

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About analysis of ArchiMate models

A while back, I wrote in the blog post ArchiMate is overrated (and underrated) that using ArchiMate doesn’t really have that much added value for communicating simple, high-level views to stakeholders (users, management), but its structure does bring advantages that enables us to model large (detailed) landscapes. Such models have an essential advantage when they are modelled not just graphically, but in a real ArchiMate modelling environment: it opens the Business-IT landscape for useful analysis. But, to be practically able to do analysis, there are limits to our freedom of modelling. Continue reading

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Modelling Self-Service in #ArchiMate

I wrote a post on Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture about ways to look at self-service from an architectural perspective: “I, Robot” – there is no such thing as ‘Customer Self-Service’.  In it, I argue that saying that the customer performs part of your process is not the best way to look at it and that, instead, it is an example of the advance of `robots’ in our society. In the blog, I illustrate the story with a few simple ArchiMate views, in this post, I go into a little bit more detail on the ArchiMate side and we will go into the strange effect the standard layering in enterprise architecture (business, applications, infrastructure) may have now that we enter a brave new world of ‘automated actors’ (or robots). Continue reading

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Database Triggers in #ArchiMate — And a Wish

Recently, in a discussion in the ArchiMate LinkedIn Group, Tarun Godhwani started a discussion on modelling the triggers and tables of a database. Of course, one can wonder if it is useful to model these, but in case they are, the question of course becomes “How?”. So, after a hiatus (because I was finishing writing the book Chess and the Art of Enterprise Architecture, which now is available), let’s do a bit of modelling once more. Continue reading

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