Enterprise Architecture Document Example

Introduction

In the EA community there is a lot of interest and need for a plain Enterprise Architecture Document example available as pdf download.

Here on Dragon1 we are going to provide that as the first open method for Enterprise Architecture.

In 2019, together with everyone that wants to help or participate, we will publish here the Enterprise Architecture Document example.

Every month a new version is scheduled to be released here. And we will provide the data of the example EA document in XML, Word, Pdf, Excel and PowerPoint. In this way, we make it as easy as possible for everyone to create their own Enterprise Architecture with it.

Architecture Diagrams

In the Enterprise Architecture document we will place various architecture diagrams. Architecture diagrams show mainly concepts, principles, building blocks, key elements and components. Architecture diagrams help to communicate structures, dependencies, progress, choices and impact much more clearly than text, even if you have a simple architecture.

The example Enterprise Architecture Diagram for the SARAH, the Demo Company, in the EA document.

In the EA document this diagram will be present and all the building blocks, principles, rules, key elements and components derived from this diagram. Once the Enterprise Architecture is implemented, SARAH, the demo company, will be a modern Smart and Green company.

Note: It is interesting to see that the modern concepts not only are technology driven but also reflect the trends, issues and concerns of socieity.

The Dragon1 open EA method

Dragon is a true open Enterprise Architecture method. Here on www.dragon1.com/resources you find the official specification of the method, its framework and modeling language. For all the topics, models, views and visualizations created in the example EA document, you will find the theory here on www.dragon1.com/resources

Use Case Based EA Example

As you can read on this EA benefits page, EA done correctly leads to 5 benefits. And with doing correctly, we mean not seeing EA as UML modeling, IT architecture, mapping processes and applications. With EA doing correctly we mean:seeing the organization as a holistic whole and creating a current and future state conceptual blueprint, with various views for many stakeholders and projects, so that decision making is supported and projects are guided to wards realization the future organization.

The Value of EA

This example will focus on realizing the five benefits of working with EA. This will make sure you and other stakeholders can clearly see and copy the added value of working with EA.

The 5 Benefits

The 5 benefits EA leads to are:

  • IT Cost Reduction and Rationalization
  • Standardization and Risk Mitigation
  • Process Improvement
  • Strategy Realization
  • Innovation Enablement

In the EA example these 5 benefits will be the outcomes of the use cases specified. The EA example will clearly show how things work.

Current Table of Contents

The EA example will focus on application of theory and not on reiterating theory. The EA example will contain an EA dossier in single document. So it might be that the document will grow to a significant number of pages.

Dragon1 as method defines a standard for an Enterprise Architecture Dossier with at least 20 to 30 documents/visualizations. If we are going to create a single document to contain a minimum viable Enterprise Architecture, many of these dossier documents are put inside of it.

The Contents

ChapterTitleDescription
1.Management SummaryA one page description of the EA of demo company SARAH
2.IntroductionIntroducing this Example Enterprise Architecture Document for the demo company SARAH. SARAH provides Smart, Green and Health services to organizations and individuals. (NOTE: this is a fake company)
3.Strategy and Business ModelDescription and visualization of the strategy and the business model of the company, with the challenges with competition on the market and internal restructuring in the organization. This chapter will at least have a Strategy Map and Business Model Canvas.
4.EA One Pager and Big FiveThe complete EA in one A0-sized infographics picture, focussing on communicating the top 10 Architecture Principles and their impact, and five blueprint posters
5.ArchitecturesThe chapter containing the actual architectures that are part of the EA
   5.1Business ArchitectureA description and visualization of the concepts, architecture principles, architecture design decisions, building blocks, patterns, rules and standards that together form the current and future state business architecture. the business architecture described and visualized in four layers of abstraction: conceptual, logical , physical and implementational.
   5.2Information ArchitectureAka as Data Architecture
   5.3Application ArchitectureA.k.a. (Information) Systems Architecture
   5.4IT Infrastructure ArchitectureA.k.a. Technology Architecture or Technical Architecture
6.EA Process and ProceduresA description of how the team works and how stakeholder and projects make use of the EA products
7.EA Framework and EA Meta ModelA description and visualization of how all EA products are connected.
8.Stakeholders and RequirementsThis chapter contains the requirements, needs (including the strategy and new business model) and issues the stakeholders have, to which the architectures are a response or answer.
9.Solution Architecture and ProjectsDescription and visualization of a solution architecture, that has been made compliant to the EA and how to use it in a project. The solution architecture is a description and visualization of the concepts, architecture principles, architecture design decisions, building blocks, patterns, rules and standards that together form the current and future state solution architecture. the business architecture described and visualized in four layers of abstraction: conceptual, logical , physical and implementational. Here you will see how EA supports decision making and guides projects.
10.Models, Views and VisualizationsThis chapter contains a list of all the models, views and visualizations in this document.
11.Document ReferencesThis chapter contains a list of all the external documents that are referenced.
12.IndexIndex of words.

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EA Example Downloads

On Dragon1 we do not work with clickbaits, so you can download the documents below just by clicking on the link.

Download version 0.1 draft 21 dec 2018

Version History

DateVersionNote
21 dec 20180.1 draftCreation of page and document contents list

Who Participates?

If you participate in creating the Enterprise Architecture Example, your name will be listed here with a backlink to your website.

How to Join?

If you want to help or participate in creating a Use Case-Based Example Enterprise Architecture, mail to specs@dragon1.com, with the subject PARTICIPATE. Next, you will be made part of the community group for this and be inserted into the email communication. It is as simple as that.