Last week Sohel Aziz’s Enterprise Architecture (EA) team at Infosys released there annual EA survey from their very large customer base. You can download the comprehensive report of the EA survey from their Enterprise Architecture Services portal.
Also if you have a chance check out their EA Blog. There is some really good information there from Sohel’s team which includes: Sohel, Andrew Manning, Sohrab Kakalia, and Thomas Obitz.
There is more big news on the Open Group front these days with the just announced a merger with the Global Enterprise Architecture Organization (GEAO) that will affect the worldwide Enterprise Architecture (EA) professional community.
The union between the Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA) and the GEAO forms the largest professional body for Enterprise Architects in the world, serving more than 9,000 members in 72 different countries. Please see the below press release for further details.
According to various Forrester research reports on Enterprise Architecture there is growing acknowledgment and interest in EA and its ability to assist business leaders in making critical business decisions that align an organization’s business and technology strategies. Given the growing awareness of the EA profession and the role it plays relative to IT and business, the merger between The Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA) and the Global Enterprise Architecture Organization (GEAO) is expected to have a great impact on global businesses and the EA professional community–bringing increased job opportunities through expanded certification programs (TOGAF and ITAC), ongoing advocacy and education services, and peer networking opportunities at local chapter meetings and international events.
Mike Kavis posted a high level cheat sheet for the Extended Enterprise Architecture Framework (E2AF) on his blog today. Here is the description from his post:
I Basically took all of the topics from the E2AF matrix and built a document with bullets representing each topic. It is organized by the six key questions (Why, With Who, What, How, With What, and When) and has sub categories for each question by the four different view points (Business, Information, Information Systems, Technology Infrastructure). In Appendix A, I included several links to the website where the E2AF information can be found. Appendix B lists all of the E2AF deliverables.
I am really happy to see Mike Kavis is making this framework more actionable. As you could probably tell from my comments from TOGAF, I see that one of the biggest issues with these frameworks is the execution angle. In general, the template that was posted could be applied to other frameworks or even homegrown efforts as well.
My only critique would be that while the template provided by Mike definitely has all the placeholders and high level areas that are needed to be addressed it will still take some time for folks to digest all the data that needs to go in those placeholders. I would suggest putting more detail around the information that needs to be gathered in each section to help new people to E2AF or any other EA discipline understand what kind of data goes into each section. Either way it’s still a great free template to use as one of the tools in your EA Toolbox.
You can download the document here as a zipped file from his post.
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Ran across an interesting post from Johan den Haan in which he shares his thoughts on the Top Ten Misperceptions and Challenges of Model Driven Development (MDD). This post was based on another article on InfoQ.com here: http://www.infoq.com/articles/mdd-misperceptions-challenges