Tools and toolsets for enterprise architecture
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Tools and toolsets for enterprise architecture

Support for design, discipline and decision-making

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog explores a range of topics about the kind of toolsets that we need to support the work in enterprise-architectures and the like.

It includes around 50 posts and 90 images, and is split into five sections:

  • Toolsets: Integration - a set of overviews that bring it all together
  • Toolsets: Why - a decade’s-worth of explorations in the ‘Why‘ behind the need
  • Toolsets: How - about how this blending of toolset and platform would be used in real-world practice
  • Toolsets: What - some examples of the ‘What‘ that we’d need to cover across the whole-enterprise space, in terms of notations and the like
  • Toolsets: Implementation - some practical notes towards implementation, getting beyond conjecture and towards making it real
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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.

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Table of Contents

  • Toolsets for enterprise-architecture - another try
  • From tools to toolset
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - 5: Practices and toolsets
    • Rationale
    • Application
  • On EA tools and paper trials
  • Meanderings on metamodels
  • ‘Bindedness’ in metamodels
  • Executable enterprise architecture
  • Enabling enterprise-architecture conversations
    • One tool to rule them all?
    • Enabling interactive conversations on architectures
    • Beyond the whiteboard
  • Next-generation toolsets for enterprise-architecture?
  • Models as decision-records (Enterprise Canvas)
  • What’s the point of this ‘EA metamodel’?
  • Which EA tools? – and why?
  • Dotting the joins (the JEA version)
    • Dotting the joins: the adverse effects of specialization
    • Joining the dots
  • EA toolsets - time to get on the cluetrain?
  • How do you think?
  • Enterprise-architecture as hologram
  • Toolsets, pinball and un-dotting the joins
  • Platform, toolset and tool
  • More on the ‘Why’ for new toolsets
  • Big EA, Little EA and Personal EA
  • LEGO as an enterprise-architecture modelling tool?
  • The toolset-ecosystem
  • Dependency and resilience in enterprise-architecture models
  • This: an exploratory game for service-oriented EA
  • The ‘This’ game and EA toolsets
  • What do we need from our EA tools?
    • Fundamentals
    • Jobs-to-be-done
    • Implications for implementation
  • Tools and metatools
  • Toolsets for associative modelling
  • A tale of three toolsets
    • Archi
    • Enterprise Evolver
    • Ardoq
    • Analog Memory Desk
    • What can we learn from this?
  • The game of enterprise-architecture
  • Simplifying the Enterprise Canvas
    • Some comments on modelling
  • More on simplified Enterprise Canvas
  • Five EA app ideas – anyone interested?
    • App idea 1: SCAN sensemaking framework
    • App idea 2: Context-space mapping sensemaking-method
    • App idea 3: ‘This’-game for context-exploration
    • App idea 4: Enterprise Canvas architecture-modelling
    • App idea 5: SEMPER diagnostic
    • Bonus rather-more-than-an-app idea: full EA toolset
  • An inventory of sorts
  • Making a knowledge-base for whole-enterprise EA more accessible
  • Unravelling the anatomy of Archimate
    • The anatomy of Archimate
    • Rethinking the anatomy of Archimate
  • Back to the roots for EA toolset metamodels
  • More detail on EA metamodel
  • EA metamodel and method
  • EA metamodel – a possible structure
  • EA metamodel – the big picture (and the small picture too)
  • EA metamodel: two questions
    • A database-structure for motes
    • “Tell me about yourself”
    • “Tell me what you’re associated with”
    • A note on access-control
  • More metamodel stuff
  • New toolsets for enterprise-architecture
    • Fundamentals
    • Data-structures
    • Data-exchange
    • Access-control and linking
    • Devices and interface-metaphors
    • Editors
    • Query, search and navigation
    • Change-history
  • More notes on toolsets for EA
    • Semantics of connections
    • Model-types and object-ownership
    • Support for story
  • And more on toolsets for EA

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