A Pattern for Sizing ArchiMate Diagrams

posted by Bernd Ihnen on May 18, 2018

In my recent blog series, I highlighted the importance of communication for strategic transformations. This affects several functions and various roles in your organization by asking different questions, such as:

* What capabilities do I need to support my business transformation?
* What capabilities does an application support?
* What are the interfaces between applications?
* What is the end-of-life technology risk for an application?




Schaeffler AG and BiZZdesign BV Partner to Unleash the Power of Enterprise Architecture

posted by BiZZdesign on May 17, 2018

"DUSSELDORF, Germanyand ENSCHEDE,The Netherlands,May 17, 2018/PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Schaeffler AG and BiZZdesign BV today announced the execution of a 5-year joint development and innovation agreement between the two companies. The agreement sees the two companies collaborating to further develop BiZZdesign's award-winning Enterprise Architecture (EA) software for use by Schaeffler in their strategic IT transformation initiatives."




Three Key Techniques for Managing Your Stakeholders

posted by Marc Lankhorst on May 15, 2018

Everyone remotely involved with enterprise architecture and similar disciplines knows the importance of knowing your stakeholders. Stakeholder management is a key technique in EA and many methods, including TOGAF, stress its importance. But there is more to management than keeping individual stakeholders happy. In this blog post, I want to introduce three techniques that not only help you ensure stakeholder satisfaction, but also make good use of stakeholders and their influence in achieving business goals. 




Supporting Large Architectures as a Team

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Rob Kroese on Apr 18, 2018

The architectureof large organizations can become quite large and complicated, posing a challenge for the architects developing and maintaining them. In previous discussions, we have addressed a number of techniques for organizing and controlling such large models to keep things manageable. In this installment, we look at the processes and practices you can use to optimize the collaboration between the people working on these architectures. 




Combine ArchiMate & TOGAF Standards to Support Digital Change

posted by Bernd Ihnen on Apr 13, 2018

In the first blog of this series, I explained how important it is to raise your digital change capability to become an adaptive enterprise. I also highlighted the role of effective communication, as well as approaches to categorize and visualize enterprise architecture descriptions based on the TOGAF and ArchiMate standardsIn this series, also included guidance on which approach to select for modeling Architecture and Solution Building Blocks (both are types of logical or physical components)To round out this series, I will end by discussing the connection to Deployed Solutions. 




6 Ways to Organize Your Architecture Models (Part 2)

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Apr 4, 2018

In the previous installment of this architecture organization series, I wrote about organizing your model repository according to business, information and technology domains. I also explained the need to create separate current- and future-state models, and the separation between and model content and views. In this part of the series, I have a few more things to add on the topic of naming and modeling conventions, as well as advice on how to set up governance and quality assurance structure around your models. 




Using ArchiMate to Visualize the TOGAF Enterprise Continuum

posted by Bernd Ihnen on Mar 30, 2018

Previously, I have written about the use of a modeling language and the practical usage of the TOGAF Enterprise Continuum to classify architectural descriptions along different levels of abstraction. In this blog, I’m going to demonstrate how the content of these descriptions can be visualized with a standard notation. While TOGAF 9.1 provides the standard architecture development method (ADM), ArchiMate is the worldwide standard to model and visualize the content of enterprise architectures. Both are a public standard of The Open Group.




6 Ways to Organize Your Architecture Models (Part 1)

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Mar 22, 2018

If you have some experience in modeling real-life, full-size architectures for large-scale organizations – preferably in the ArchiMate language, of course – you have likely come across the challenge of organizing your models in logical and manageable ways. In this two-part series, we’re going to share our top 6 ways to organize your architecture models. These six methods should help you keep your models neat and tidy while also supporting better outcomes for your strategic initiatives.




Protect Your Enterprise Analyze Your Security With Architecture Models

posted by Marc Lankhorst on Mar 14, 2018

In a previous blog on cybersecurity, I wrote about the essential steps to keep your organization safe in an increasingly dangerous digital environment:




Using the TOGAF Enterprise Continuum to Classify Architectures Descriptions

posted by Bernd Ihnen on Mar 7, 2018

Previously, I wrote about  the need to digitize change capabilities and how enterprise architecture can support and provide value to your organization. I also discussed how to categorize architecture descriptions along different levels of abstraction. But there is one dimension I didn’t dive into: How generic or specific is the architecture description compared to your organization?  

Over the past decade, reference architectures have been developed and many have been published. They are a very useful start describing an enterprise, and the architectures are more or less specific to our enterprise. I don't want to lose myself in academic discussions about what should be classified as what, so I will focus on the big points of the idea behind.