Updated Enterprise Architecture Tool Selection Guide

The Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments (IFEAD) updated their Enterprise Architecture Tool Selection Guide to version 6.2. Now aligned to the latest evaluations from Gartner and Forester along with additional EA tool vendors it re-evaluates the capabilities of the new and existing vendors.

Mike Walker's Blog: IFEAD EA Tool Selection Guide 6 2

Directly from the IFEAD:

Due to important changes at products and suppliers of Architecture tools duringthe last year, IFEAD have produced a totally new version of their Enterprise Architecture Tool Selection Guide version 6.2.

The Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments is proud to announce their totally renewed Enterprise Architecture / Systems Architecture Tools Overview version 6.2 2011, as well as the accompanied Enterprise Architecture Tool Selection Guidelines 2011 version 6.2.

In this guide there is a total renewed overview of current EA tool suppliers. A new column is added about support of Governance, Risk and Compliancy. Even so the Soluton Architecture column and SOA is combined, a new colum is added with all the references to suppliers websites. Based on research from Gartner 2010 and Forrester 2011, the leading vendors, challangers, visionaires and nice players are marked with colors. So this vendor and tools overview is now covering the most important areas of architecture work.


Mike Walker Interviewed on his Perspectives on Enterprise Architecture

At the Troux Enterprise Architecture Conference in the spring of 2011 I was interviewed after my panel discussion on my perspective regarding where EA is today and where I thought it was going in the future. Similarly as Angela Yochem from Dell, I express that the EA industry is evolving every year through transformation of the overall IT organization, the EA practice, shift from hard skills to soft and a high business acumen. Much of the interview was an expansion of the EA panel, Industry Perspective: Great Performances, I was on the day prior. Both Angela's and my interview provide two very similar perspectives that bring together the organizational elements with the EA specific behavioral changes that are needed. 

In this video, I discuss a variety topics but the theme is the same, soft skills are mandatory for EA's to possess. Differentiating between IQ and EQ is the mindset shift that is required to shift in the next stage of the EA profession. 

Below are the topics I discuss:

  • What Microsoft is doing in the realm of Enterprise Architecture
  • Why EA's must focus on EQ
  • How communications and evangelism are so important to EA
  • What excites me about Enteprise Architecture


Additionally, if your interested in the Troux conference for next year and are not sure if you want to go, below is the Troux User Conference Buzz video. 


Angela Yochem on the State of Enterprise Architecture

At the Troux Enterprise Architecture Conference in the spring of 2011 Angela Yochem recorded an interview on her views of EA and IT in a broader sense. Like with her presentations, this interview is no different. Her thoughts are always very thought provoking. 


Key Messages

  • IT organizations are getting smaller and she thinks that this is a natural evolution of IT. We are getting more and more efficient thus we don't need as many resources to implement technology solutions. 
  • IT organizations are becoming more specialized and aligned to business problem areas
  • IT organizations running like a software company
  • The pace of change is happening so rapidly that as architects we must up-level our thinking and not just focus on the micro level details all the time
  • Architects must think outside the box. One examples Angela provides is a standard accounting firm that decides that it will now also produce software of its unique practices that it can market. How would you react? Could you effectively?
  • Consider SWAT teams
  • Use commonly understood measure to effectively
  • Take accountability of not only your responsibilities but also areas not necessarily in your direct responsibility 

About Angela

Angela Yochem is the Business Information Executive for Dell Services, an $8 billion segment of business for the multi-national technology company. In this role, she is accountable for all IT supporting the Dell Services business. Additionally, Angela is the Corporate Technology Executive responsible for Dell corporate systems. Prior to holding this role, Angela was responsible for Enterprise IT Strategy, Architecture and Shared Application Services at Dell, where she drove strategy across a portfolio in excess of $1 billion and delivered large-scale foundational technologies. Angela is recognized as an innovative leader with expertise in profitability and agility in complex environments, and has a track record of significant cost/risk reductions. She has held senior roles at Bank of America, IBM, SunTrust and UPS. Angela received her bachelor's of music in performance from DePauw University and a master of science in computer science from the University of Tennessee.

Open Group Rebrands Certification Programs


This week The Open Group IT Architect Certification (ITAC) program has now become The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) program. The IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) program has now become The Open Group Certified IT Specialist (Open CITS) program.

With the name change, there hasn’t been many changes made to the way in which either program operates. For example, the Open CA program still requires candidates to submit a comprehensive certification package detailing their skills and experience gained on working on architecture-related projects, followed by a rigorous peer review process.

The Open CA program still currently focuses on IT-related work. However, the architecture profession is constantly evolving and to reflect this, The Open Group will incorporate dedicated Business Architecture and Enterprise Architecture streams into the Open CA program at some point in the near future. Our members are working on defining the core skills that an architect needs to have and the specific competencies one needs for each of these three specialist areas. Therefore, going forward, applicants will be able to become an Open CA in:

  • IT Architecture
  • Business Architecture
  • Enterprise Architecture

There are approximately 3,200 individuals who are certified in our Open CA program, and by broadening the scope of the program we hope to certify many more architects. There are more than 2,300 certified IT Specialists in the Open CITS program, and many organizations around the world have identified this type of skills- and experienced-based program as a necessary part of the process to develop their own internal IT profession frameworks.

Open CA and Open CITs can be used in the recruitment process and help to guarantee a consistent and quality assured service on project proposals, procurements and on service level agreements. They can also help in the assessment of individuals in specific IT domains and provide a roadmap for their future career development.  You can find out more about our programs by visiting the professional certification area of our website.

Business Model Generation Book

Mike Walker's Blog: Business Model Book

This week I talked in length about The New World of Enterprise Architecture or also referred to as Contemporary Enterprise Architecture.  This is the notion that EA is primarily business driven and focused. A few weeks back, I picked up a book called Business Model Generation. I have to say I was very impressed. I believe this should be one of the critical books on all EA’s bookshelves. This will provide Enterprise Architects who want to understand business architecture in a meaningful way a quick start guide in very practical terms. The book not only has a great look and feel but also has a ton of excellent examples on how to apply including Microsoft, Apple and even broader styles of businesses such as Open Source.

While the book focuses one Business Canvas Modeling, it provides context on how to look at other models in the business architecture and strategy planning. 



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This is an example set of templates for TOGAF 9. It includes example artifacts for all catalogs, matrices and diagrams, and template deliverables.



Example artifacts are as follows:

  • Catalogs:
    • Application Architecture: Applications Portfolio Catalog, Interface Catalog
    • Business Architecture: Contract-Measure Catalog, Driver-Goal-Objective Catalog, Location Catalog, Organization-Actor Catalog, Process-Event-Control-Product Catalog, Role Catalog, Service-Function Catalog
    • Data Architecture: Data Entity-Data Component Catalog
    • Preliminary: Principles Catalog
    • Requirements: Requirements Catalog
    • Technology Architecture: Technology Portfolio Catalog, Technology Standards Catalog
  • Core Diagrams:
    • Application Architecture: Application & User Location Diagram, Application Communication Diagram, System Use-Case Diagram
    • Architecture Vision: Solution Concept Diagram, Value Chain Diagram
    • Business Architecture: Business Footprint Diagram, Business Services and Information Diagram, Functional Decomposition Diagram, Product Lifecycle Diagram
    • Data Architecture: Class Diagram, Data Dissemination Diagram
    • Opportunities and Solutions: Benefits Diagram, Project Context Diagram
    • Technology Architecture: Environments & Location Diagram, Platform Decomposition Diagram
  • Extension Diagrams:
    • Technology Architecture: Network Computing-Hardware Diagram, Processing Diagram
  • Matrices:
    • Application Architecture: Application Interaction Matrix, Role-System Matrix, System-Function Matrix, System-Organization Matrix
    • Architecture Vision: Stakeholder Map Matrix
    • Business Architecture: Actor Role Matrix, Business Interaction Matrix
    • Data Architecture: Data Entity-Business Function Matrix, System-Data Matrix
    • Technology Architecture: System-Technology Matrix

Example deliverables are as follows:

  • Preliminary Phase: Architecture Principles, Architecture Repository, Business Principles-Goals-Drivers, Organizational Model for Enterprise Architecture, Request for Architecture Work, Tailored Architecture Framework
  • Phase A: Architecture Vision, Capability Assessment, Communications Plan, Statement of Architecture Work
  • Phase B, C, D: Architecture Definition Document, Architecture Requirements Specification, Architecture Roadmap
  • Phase E: Implementation and Migration Plan, Transition Architecture
  • Phase F: Architecture Building Blocks, Architecture Contract with Business Users, Architecture Contract with Development Partners, Implementation Governance Model
  • Phase G: Compliance Assessment, Solution Building Blocks
  • Phase H: Architecture Change Request, Requirements Impact Assessment

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