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ArchiMate® 3.0 - Strategy Concepts and Capability-Based Planning

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Adina Aldea on Jun 21, 2016

In this series of blogs, we describe the use of the new ArchiMate 3.0 standard in practice. We use a fictitious but realistic example company, ArchiSurance, well-known to the users of ArchiMate as this is the company from the standard case study provided by The Open Group.

Enterprise Architecture and Agile Development: Opposites Attract?

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Danny Weinberger on May 28, 2016

Agility has become a key ability of enterprises. The pace at which customers require changes, at which new laws and regulations affect services and introduce processes, and the ease with which competitors can disrupt your business, as Google and Apple do nowadays, leads to tremendous pressure. Pressure to change rapidly, to adopt new technologies, to generate growth, to scale up or to reduce cost.

10 Top Tips For Building Effective Business and IT Relationships

posted by Brenda Cowie on May 23, 2016

We’re all about collaboration at BiZZdesign. In fact, our digital business design software platform, BiZZdesign Enterprise Studio, encourages continuous collaboration by allowing several people to work in one platform. However, effective collaboration requires you to build relationships with colleagues across the entire organization. The effort you make to get to know other groups’ concerns will help further down the line when addressing any project issues that may arise.

ArchiMate® Modeling in Practice: Using a Model Repository

posted by Sven van Dijk on Apr 28, 2016

In theory, an ArchiMate® model can be created using just pen and pen, or a whiteboard and markers. There are also software platforms that provide an ArchiMate modeling environment, which come with many automated capabilities and analysis functions.

However in this post, we will focus on an important element in maturing into an advanced, mission critical modeling capability: the model repository.  


Application Portfolio Management in Local Government

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Ton Baas on Oct 14, 2015

Although Application Portfolio Management (APM) isn’t the newest kid on the block, it has had a tremendous growth in popularity lately. Due to the economic crisis and market pressures in general, IT managers and architects are constantly pushed by their CxO’s to reduce inefficiencies, improve agility of the enterprise and cut costs. The complexity of these tasks leads to an increasing need for tools and structures to help them handle their application landscape.

Reference Architecture Models with ArchiMate

posted by George Pang on Jul 8, 2015

In a previous blog by Marc Lankhorst, the value of reference architectures was highlighted, including the why and how. In this blog, I want to dive a little deeper, focusing on the ‘product’ that we (or some of us) are familiar with – the reference model, using ArchiMate as the language.

Information Security: 7 Worst Practices

posted by Remco Blom on Jul 2, 2015

Sharing knowledge and good practices is one of the core values of BiZZdesign. We regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences and round tables. After presentations on “Security is not an IT problem”, which discussed the lacking relations between security policies and measures in many organizations, we continued the debate in the form of a World Café. My last blog post was about building awareness around Information Security. In this blog post, I want to 7 seven worst practices we learned from the participants of our seminar. Please share your best and worst practices in the comments section below. 

10 Time-Saving BiZZdesign Architect Shortcuts

posted by George Pang on Jun 24, 2015

Architects, Analysts, Modelers, and Managers are busy people, any time-saving methods are always welcome. Here are ten essential BiZZdesign Architect shortcuts that you may not know about, but could end up saving you precious time.

Information Security: What Really Works to Build Awareness

posted by Remco Blom on Jun 19, 2015

One of our core values at BiZZdesign is sharing knowledge and best practices. That's why we regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences, and round tables. After a presentation entitled "Security is not an IT problem", which illustrated the often lacking connection between policies and measures within organizations, we decided to have a World Cafe to discuss a number of topics surrounding this. The last blog post in the series tackled the question of how to communicate about information security. In this blog post, I will present the outcome of a debate on what really works to build information security awareness? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

The Biggest Problem with "Going to the Cloud" and how to Solve it.

posted by Marc Lankhorst & Tim Vehof on Jun 3, 2015

There seems to be a lot of hype recently among CxO's around ‘Going to the cloud’. Since its potential is so widely acknowledged and advertised and its opportunities seem endless, digitization of the organization is the New Normal. But what exactly does this digitization involve? And, more importantly, can we exploit all its potential?