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The Value of Enterprise Architecture Explained

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 2/10/2019 1:56:34 PM

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The First 100 Days as an Enterprise Architect

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 11/27/2018 11:36:06 AM

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Via email, I receive infographics from many respected analyst firms like Gartner, that claim to provide a roadmap to being successful as an Enterprise Architect in the first 100 days starting at a new organization.

Why should we use a single source of truth repository in our company

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 11/5/2017 12:00:00 AM

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Single source of truth in the company.

Does a Conceptual Data Model contain Attributes?

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 11/3/2017 1:22:58 PM

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Many people who try to model and capture the business and IT of an organization, are stuck with how detailed they should go about creating a data model of the organization. This blog reveals what you should do.

Value Streams are Pure Gold for Business Architecture

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 10/23/2017 9:42:57 AM

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Decades ago people started visualizing the business processes in manufacturing in a very understandable way. They called this value stream mapping. What they did was visualize how the flow of information went through the company and next how the flow of materials went through the company. Recently business architects have discovered that value streams also work for them.

How To Design Architecture Principles

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 4/13/2017 9:13:32 AM

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How To Design Architecture Principles - The word principle originally was used to point to the explanation of how you know or believe something works (action-reaction, cause-effect). Today too many enterprise architects don't know how to design architecture principles effectively. The approaches they use define principles wrongly as general rules or guidelines. Here's how to do it right.

Views on Architecture Principles

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 4/9/2017 1:07:52 AM

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Architecture Principles are a total disaster. Let's face it. They are often produced but even more not used.

What Are The Top 10 Architecture Principles Of The American Winner Enterprise

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 4/6/2017 8:52:59 AM

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If we look at successful American enterprises we encounter a Winner mentality. Many people, not everyone, of course, would like to adopt that winner mentality in their own company. This blog is a first search for the top 10 architecture principles.

Architecture Principles & Patterns Framework

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 4/4/2017 10:12:41 PM

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If you think Enterprise Architecture Principles are very important, so important that you take the effort of developing or documenting them, you'd better have them used. Or else it has been a complete waste of time. Here's a framework for your enterprise architecture principles and patterns to get them right and used.

Basic Elements of Enterprise Architecture: Point, Line, Plane and Volume

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 4/1/2017 10:49:03 PM

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With the basic elements of building architecture and landscape architecture: Point, Line, Plane and Volume, everything you see in the photograph was designed. But when we talk about Enterprise Architecture, these four elements do commonly play the same role. Is this because of a lack of education or can't you use them to create enterprise architecture? Let's find out.

Speed Modeling for IT Managers

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 3/22/2017 2:35:42 PM

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Managers don't have much time. And they have got better things to do than to create a business process model, application landscape or IT infrastructure blueprint. Dragon1 provides you with templates to be ready in a second!

Step-by-Step guide for Business Professionals

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 3/11/2017 12:17:58 PM

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You are 7 clicks away from your first process model or business model on Dragon1. Learn Dragon1 Quickly with this Step-by-Step guide. Just follow the 30 steps grouped into four modules. You will learn to sketch, model, share, communicate, publish, comment, generate and report. And lots and lots more on Dragon1.

Never use the word Enterprise Architecture with Clients

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 2/18/2017 8:50:42 PM

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As long as you produce great-looking visualizations, like layered blueprints, that show understandable business solutions, they need for their strategy, it all is fine. BUT....the moment you introduce the word Enterprise Architecture, or Architecture Principle, it all goes wrong.

Business Blueprinting

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 1/31/2017 3:00:51 PM

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Do you need to create a blueprint quickly, within 4 weeks, to manage your digital transformation? In that case, Dragon1 is the digital platform you can rely on to get it done. By using a visualization template, excel sheet and example you will have guaranteed satisfying results after one month.

Generating Drill Down Application Landscapes

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 1/30/2017 6:38:00 PM

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On the Dragon1 digital platform, we have made it very easy to generate drill-down application landscapes. You can publish the views of the landscape to make it viewable on any device anywhere. Read the blog, create an evaluation account and see for yourself how wonderful this works.

Pure Logic: Making Archimate More Useful

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 12/20/2016 11:23:20 AM

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Archimate is a meta-model that is used by some architects to model architecture. The Open Group names all of its products Open Group Standards, but also standards in short, and so Archimate is also called a standard by the Open Group, making many people think it is complete and can be used for everything, unedited. The problem only with Archimate is that it misses many-core entity classes, to do something other than only high-level business process-application landscaping, like business architecting. Why and how we have extended the meta-model of Archimate, to make it more useful, is explained in this blog.

Modern View of Business Capabilities

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 12/17/2016 12:28:15 PM

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Business Capability Studies are done very frequently in organizations. Only their impact is often not as big as it could be or should be. Dragon1 as an open Enterprise Architecture method promotes an approach to increase the effectiveness of the results and outcomes of a capability study significantly. One of the unique aspects of this is that Dragon1 differs between Capability, Ability, and Disability. This provides you with three new views of the business architecture. Enabling you to analyze and decide more specifically on what to change in order to increase business capabilities.

ArchiMate Business Services in Healthcare

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 12/16/2015 11:02:26 AM

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Why are services considered products? A coffee machine is a product. It will not make a cup of coffee for you. You can ask your colleague (or hire someone) to do it for you. Your colleague is the one providing the service for making you a cup of coffee. In this way, services make everyone’s life easier.

Document Enterprise Architecture using Conceptual Modeling

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 12/16/2015 8:33:59 AM

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Fundamental strategic transformation can only take place if one starts at a conceptual level. Preferably with Enterprise Architecture.

What if Organizations are fooled by Enterprise Modeling

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 12/15/2015 8:09:00 AM

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There is nothing wrong with enterprise modeling. However, you and your manager can not expect to contribute seriously to fundamental changes in the organization.

ArchiMate Structures Business Layer in Meta Model

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 12/11/2015 1:39:29 PM

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Dragon1 provides necessary extension with new concepts for business modeling.

Working with Indicators in the Architecture Repository

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 7/2/2015 10:38:21 AM

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Managing your software applications with indicators turning them from red to green.

Application Landscaping with Icons and Colors

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 6/29/2015 2:47:49 PM

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At a glance a generated overview of the current status of your application landscape. Red-colored applications are outdated, orange-colored applications are too expensive, and yellow-colored applications don’t have an owner.

Application Rationalization - 10 Rules and Guidelines

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Best practice for Application Rationalization provides guidance in controlling your application landscape.

Chart your Project with a Project Landscape Map

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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it is a good thing to manage projects themselves. For example, visualizing your project on a map and using it as a management report view.

13 Principles for Decision Making by the CIO

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Taking the right decisions every day in a dynamic enterprise is not the easiest thing to do for a CIO. Creating a common overview of the current state of the organization makes it less complex for him/her and the architect team.

An Example Vision - Invest in XL Sports Camper Vehicles!

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Developing a vision as part of your strategic management, how to begin?

What are top priority views of your Application Landscape

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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The types of views depend on your client or stakeholder who needs to make a decision with your visualization. Here's a list of the various possible views.

Can Visual Enterprise Architecture be done by anyone?

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Anyone who is responsible for executing the objectives of annual plans concerning the business strategy has an advantage in visualizing the impact of their own department.

Smart IT Project Checklist to Prevent Failure

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Why not use a checklist for projects? It forces you to deliver project deliverables with the required quality, within budget and time. There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Next Step for Certified TOGAF and ArchiMate Architects

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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The knowledge of an architect does not stop with a certification in TOGAF and/or ArchiMate. The next step is to learn how to visualize enterprise architecture at a conceptual level.

Seven reasons why Enterprise Architects need an EA Tool

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Salespeople work with CRM software (mainly SaaS). Enterprise architects work with PowerPoint. Who is more productive?

Enterprise Architecture is about CxOs making the enterprise future proof

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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The added value of Enterprise Architecture: it all begins with visualizing concepts.

How does Dragon1 help out projects?

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Your project needs the structure and discipline of the team members, even before the project starts. Otherwise, it wasted anyway your time and money.

How To Do Quick Visual Problem Solving

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 5/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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How to find a solution that is actually a solution to your problem? Pick up the right concepts and visualize them with the company's objectives and strategy.

Any vision is worth its weight in gold

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 4/10/2015 1:52:38 PM

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Be inspiring. Share your vision on issues you care about with your colleagues and supervisor.

Enterprise Architecture Framework - for Projects

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

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The benefits of creating an Enterprise Architecture Framework are explained.

Application Rationalization Approach Tool How Compile a List of Applications

Posted by Mark Paauwe on 11/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

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Best practice for Application Rationalization.