The Evolution of EA for Smart Digitalization

For a few years, organizations are not only busy with business change or with implementing technologies because of the technologies. Organizations are busy becoming smart. Just like the cities!


Enterprise Architects want to design smart architectures for businesses and organizations. This requires an evolution of enterprise architecture. But how to become Smart?

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, to 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 supports architects in creating visual enterprise 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 undergo an evolution of enterprise architecture for 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 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 can be saved, more efficient operating can be done, and diseases and invasive infections can be tracked and traced. In 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 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 city architectures 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.

An Example: Smart Digital 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 an evolution of enterprise architecture Smart Digital Policing presented in an architecture design book.

Design Smart Architectures on Dragon1

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