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On whole-enterprise architecture

Principles and practice for open contexts

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog highlights part of the work that we did to break enterprise-architecture out of the IT-centric box, and restructure it to support the whole enterprise. Whole-enterprise architecture, or Whole-EA, provides a literal ‘the architecture of the enterprise’, connecting everything together as ‘equal citizens’, across every type of content or context, for every scope and scale.

This book includes about 35 posts and 95 images from the weblog, and is split into three sections:

  • Whole-EA: Principles, Tools and Methods - maps out some of the definitions, principles, tools, techniques and methods that are needed whilst working on architectures at a whole-of-enterprise level.
  • Whole-EA: Examples - presents examples of how real-world questions and concerns can interweave across the many layers of a whole-of-enterprise architecture.
  • Whole-EA: Challenges - highlights the impact of pushback from those who objected to any change in the role or scope of enterprise-architecture.
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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

  • Declaring the assumptions
  • Fractals, naming and enterprise-architecture
    • Applications in enterprise-architecture
  • Between the boxes
  • Principles, values, ends and means
  • Hybrid-thinking, enterprise architecture and the US Army
  • Dependency and resilience in enterprise-architecture models
  • Competition-against or competition-with?
    • Implications in business-architecture and enterprise-architecture
  • On layers in enterprise-architecture
    • Practical implications for enterprise-architectures
    • Summary
  • Simplifying SCORE
  • More on simplifying SCORE
  • Simplifying SCORE, again
  • Auftragstaktik and fingerspitzengefühl
  • Tools for change: Back to the basics
  • Sensemaking: Down in the dungeons
  • Fractality in Five Elements method
  • A services-checklist for digital-transformation
    • 1. Service strategy
    • 2. Service design
    • 3. Service transition
    • 4. Service operation
    • 5. Continual service improvement
    • 6. Service value management
    • 7. Service management for transformation
  • On ‘shared-enterprise’
  • Applications, work-instructions and business-continuity
  • Which EA tools? – and why?
  • Context-perspectives and enterprise-architecture maturity
  • House and home
  • “Please don’t touch the touchscreen”
  • “It’s not rocket-science”
  • The point of specialism
  • RBPEA: The other Bolshevism
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Why whole-enterprise architecture matters
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Where is the information when we need it?
  • Pointless paperwork
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Enterprise-architectures for the real world
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • The Really Big Picture for enterprise-architecture
  • The dilution of enterprise-architecture
  • On not eating the elephant
  • I’m sorry, but I just can’t afford it
  • Intimations of arrogance from a grumpy old guy?
  • Intimations of arrogance? - an addendum

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