Evolution of Enterprise Architecture

Since 2018, organizations are no longer only busy with digital transformation or with implementing technologies because of the technologies. They are busy becoming smart. Just like the cities.

This means for Dragon1 as open EA method, that the method and the software must support architects to design smart architectures for the businesses and the organizations.

That does not mean Dragon1 jumps on the bandwagon of all kinds of new trendy approaches. Only approaches that have shown their value in practice and are backed up with scientific papers will find their theories adopted.

Everybody talks about Smart, but what exactly is Smart?

A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently.

This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that are processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services [Source: Wikipedia].

Smart in architecture can be seen as an efficient and effective application of modern technologies like IoT, Blockchain and AI and using data, collected from sensors, to the max.

Smart in management also has a different meaning.

S.M.A.R.T. - In 1981 George T. Doran coined this term as an acronym, giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives, for example in project management, employee performance management and personal development. The letters stand for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. [Source: Wikipedia]. Dragon1 has adopted and merged this management theory integrally in every aspect of the open method, so ensure practitioners accomplish results.

How does Dragon1 help you to become a Smart Organization?

Suppose you want to become a Smart Organization and provide services like IoT, Artificial Intelligence, NFC and Blockchain to departments, employees, customers and clients. Then there are three major things to take into account: 1) the concepts and principles you need to implement, 2) the technologies that are part of the concepts you need to implement and 3) the infrastructure that enables solutions to make use of new technologies.

Dragon1 as open EA Method supports architects in creating visual architecture designs containing concept design sketches, strategy maps, customer journeys, capability maps, enterprise architecture blueprints, IT landscapes and transformation roadmaps.

With these architecture designs you can build modern and innovative infrastructures in a modular, cyclic and timeboxed way. And next, you can plug in all kinds of small solutions, services and apps onto your infrastructures. Step by step you will implement your concepts and with it the technologies.

In this way, Dragon1 enables you not only to do the digital transformation but actually become the smart organization your customers want.

Smart Cities

We all know that cities are successfully busy with more efficient waste collection, proactive traffic control and improving quality in neighborhoods. But to think they have only just begun.

Below you see an artist impression of a city from a study in Indonesia. The pictures shows the following smart functions that could be realized in a smart city:

  • Traffic Control
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Public Bus Location
  • Waste Management
  • Water Management
  • Temperature and Noise Urban Maps
  • Citizin Apps and Human sensors
  • Water Quality
  • Air Pollution
  • Augmented Reality
  • Control Places Parking
  • Free Public WIFI
  • Smart Parking
  • Parks Management
  • QR-codes and Near Field Communication (NFC)

The challenge for enterprise architects is what concepts and principles are needed to use in projects in order to realize step by step a Smart IT infrastructure that can host facilities and information systems that will provide the smart city services.

Here is a link to the website of Smart City Santander, Spain

Here is a link to the website of Smart City Banding, Indonesia

Here is a link to the website of Smart Cities Plan of the Australian Government

If you have great link of a smart city project to add here, please contact us.

Smart Hospitals

It is not strange that people demand smart hospitals. More lives that can be saved, more efficient operating can be done, diseases and invasive infections can be tracked and traced. The coming years we will see so much innovation there.

Smart Government

Governments are realizing they can be much more efficient in collecting taxes, providing services and communicating subsidiaries for people.

Smart Policing

No criminal will be safe for the police anymore. Every piece of data that is available will be used as a piece of the puzzle in fighting crime. Every country should have smart regional police forces that act thoroughly and swiftly. Here is an example of Digital Policing presented in an architectural design book.

Smart Organizations Require Smart Architectures

Having new technologies implemented in an organization will enable the capability to be smart. The possibilities and countless and endless.

What we need now is that architects design and help implement smart architecture to make it all happen and that we do not get stuck with the organization that will drown in the swamp of good intentions and only have a colorful jungle of product implementations.

Dragon1 as open EA method will enable architects to do what is necessary now: Design Smart Architectures and Supervise their Realization.