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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Je suis Charlie

I have been in doubt about doing this, not because of self-censorship, but because the subject of my blog is far, far removed from the battlegrounds of free speech, and this post is definitely off-topic for this blog. My apologies. Continue reading

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New PDF Pricing for Mastering #ArchiMate per 1/1/2015

The EU has instigated new sales tax rules which force people selling in the EU to charge the sales tax of the country where the buyer is located. This is a rule designed to fight tax evasion by large companies. It does however change the way I have been pricing the PDF of Mastering #ArchiMate. Continue reading

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Christmas 2014 Archi & Mastering #ArchiMate special

Christmas2014ArchiSpecialCroppedThis Christmas, there is a special deal for Mastering ArchiMate. From today until New Years Day, you can buy Mastering ArchiMate Edition II with a discount and at the same time support the development of the free open source Archi modelling tool

The PDF discount is €5. The hardcover discount is €10 (this is a bit complicated as the price depends on your location, but you can trust me it will be a good offer that you get when you enter your details). A purchase of either version of the book via the Archi web site also results in a €5 donation to the good cause (Archi).

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