Good High-Level Enterprise Architecture Video

I ran across a really good high-level Enterprise Architecture video last week and thought I would share. It’s brought to us by ArchimateMusings blog. This looks to be a video that his company created to articulate EA’s overall function and value proposition. Here is the description of the video:

This animation shows the role of Enterprise Architecture starting from the perspective of a business user. That user has understandable wishes and requests, and the IT decisions made for him all make sense. But the result of all business users doing this independently is a ‘hair ball architecture’. The role of Enterprise Architecture to prevent this from happening is illustrated.

The video was created by T36 (http://http://www.t36.nl) in Maastricht, The Netherlands for APG Asset Management (http://www.apg.nl/apgsite/pages/english/services/asset-management/). T36 created the story board from interviews with APG AM’s Lead Architect, Gerben Wierda. The video is owned by APG and it may move to an APG-owned channel later.

I wanted to share this with everyone because I think it’s important for EA’s to have a rich set of visuals, examples and media to facilitate the continous education process with our customers. While the video didn’t speak of strategy and business enablement directly, I do think this is a good primer or overview of some key value propositions for EA.

 

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TOGAF Templates

Possibly one of the most common questions I get with regards to TOGAF is finding a good sample set of templates. Luckily the Open Group has a set that you can download that is quite extensive. Personally they aren’t the prettiest to look at but it will most certainly be an accelerant to leveraging TOGAF.

See below for the links:

Below you will find a listing of some of the templates included.

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