Doing enterprise architecture
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Doing enterprise architecture

Process and practice in the real enterprise

About the Book

When you’re doing enterprise architecture, what should you actually do, in what sequence, for what business purpose? What skills and leadership do you need? What results should you expect? And how can you prove the business value of what you do?

For process and practice in the real enterprise, frameworks and methodologies such as TOGAF, FEAF and Zachman will all help, but it’s these practical concerns that often matter most. And that’s what this book will show you.

Topics covered include:

  • how to extend existing IT-centric architecture to the whole of the enterprise
  • how to identify business vision, values, structure and purpose, and include these as core anchors for your enterprise architecture
  • how to map business functions, services, information-systems and process flows across the whole enterprise
  • how to respond to changes in strategy, regulation, market and environment
  • how to plan for business-continuity, disaster-recovery and risk-management
  • how to tackle intractable ‘wicked problems’ in the business context
  • how to keep maintaining and extending the agility and value of the architecture

If you want to bring your enterprise architecture practice to its full business potential, this is one book you'll definitely need.

About the Author

Tom Graves
Tom Graves

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for more than four decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including small-business, banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in whole-enterprise architectures for non-profit, social, government and commercial enterprises.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Doing enterprise architecture
    2. Who should read this book?
    3. What's in this book?
  2. Preparing for architecture
    1. Purpose -- strategy
    2. People -- governance
    3. Planning -- frameworks
    4. Practice -- methods
    5. Performance -- metrics
  3. A matter of maturity
  4. Step 1: Know your business
    1. Vision, values, principles and purpose
    2. The enterprise context
    3. Functions and services
    4. Architecture governance
  5. Step 2: Clean up the mess
    1. Business-systems and information-systems
    2. What do we have?
    3. Guiding the process of change
  6. Step 3: Strategy and stuff
    1. Expand outward from IT
    2. This goes with that
    3. Abstract-services
    4. Compliance and quality
  7. Step 4: Work with the real world
    1. Designing for service flexibility
    2. Planning for business-continuity
    3. From qualities to values
  8. Step 5: Powering on
    1. The service-oriented enterprise
    2. Dealing with 'wicked problems'
    3. Enhancing enterprise effectiveness
  9. What next?
    1. Hands-off architecture
    2. Architecture as relevance
  10. Appendix: Glossary

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