Architecture roles and realities

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EA context



Architecture frameworks

Architect roles

Applications architecture

50 years of digital transformation and EA

Architecture framework history  *

Traditional EA  *

New Generation EA  *

What is EA not?

EA pitfalls

What is an architecture framework?

Architect roles slide show  *


Roles by level

Enterprise Architect roles

Solution Architect roles

EA and SA roles in SFIA

EA and SA roles in TOGAF

EA and SA roles in AM


Roles by domain

Business Architect roles

Data Architect roles

IT Architect roles


Additional roles

EA sponsor role (Lou Gerstner)

EA manager role



10 things about EA and SA

Roles by level and by domain


EA challenges case study

Portfolio management challenges

Application road maps

Application portfolio

Buy v. build decisions

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AM Products and Techniques

Perspectives of EA

Other architecture domains

EA as SOA  *

EA as a design/change process  *

EA as abstract system description  *

EA as portfolio management

EA as rationalisation

EA as strategy (after Ross etc.)

EA as cybernetics

Agile EA

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AM Products and Techniques

EA rationale & challenges

Architecture tools

Get real: EA is political

  Who values the “enterprise as a system”?

  Effective implementation of business goals

  Simplification and cross-organisational integrity

  Return on investment in systems 

  IT cost cutting

  Reduction of operational or change risk

  Increased business and IT agility

  Focus on process rather than organisation

  Where EA sits in the business 

The best EA tool?

Why do you need a repository?

A process for creating a repository

Ten repository challenges

Little-discussed tool selection criteria

The state of the repository art

Facts and conclusions from experience

More EA history

EA meta models

EA in the 11th century

EA in the 1950s - before IT

EA in the 1980s - the PRISM paper

On the Zachman Framework

TOGAF history and EA observations

How does TOGAF define EA?

EA history in US government

Past and present views of EA

A generic meta model (slides)

Four meta model pics

EA meta models: older comparison

EA meta models: newer comparison


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