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Enterprise Architecture Trap #195 Not following the conversation

30 January 2021

Trap #195 – Not following the conversation Architecture concerns are the criteria to assess acceptability. Enterprise architects’ highest value is assisting stakeholders identify the best path to improving their organization. Then provide the governance tool for the stakeholder to gain the expected improvement. Crash and burn stories Too many EA teams are low functioning. Literally hanging on by their fingernails. If you see these practices, stop! Stop now! Eject while you still can. Enterprise Architecture Graveyard Learn the failure patterns to avoid Tests for a Wicked Problem We do not understand the problem until after the formulation of a solution The problem has no stopping rule Solutions to the problem are not right or wrong Problem and solutions are essentially novel and unique Every solution […]

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What is a Business Architect?

3 June 2020

What is a Business Architect? The simple answer to what is a business architect is as easy as it is useless – the business architect develops the business architecture. A more useful answer is that a business architect helps their organizational leaders understand the root of deficiencies in their organization and what the best approach to improving their organization. There we are – a business architect helps leaders in their organization understand the source of a deficiency and the most effective path to a better organization. A business architect serves others to deliver their organizational improvement. There are many enterprise architecture jobs on a leading enterprise architecture team. If you want to explore the roles, jump over to the different enterprise architecture jobs. Job of the […]

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TOGAF® Essentials 2018

1 June 2020

TOGAF® Essentials 2018 Credential The Open Group’s TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential shows you understand the changes in the TOGAF Standard between version 9.1 and version 9.2. It is focused on detailed changes inside the standard. Conexiam does not offer training for this Open Group credential. TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential provides validation that individuals have up-to-date understanding of the changes in 9.2. Gaining the TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential requires completion of a short 3-hour course and passing an online exam. The Open Group awards the credential after you complete both the mandatory three-hour training and pass a 20 question multiple-choice open book exam. Who should take the TOGAF Essentials 2018 Credential? The TOGAF Essentials Credential is mandatory for all TOGAF accredited trainers certified in the TOGAF Standard version […]

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SABSA – Security architecture for enterprise architecture

31 May 2020

SABSA – Security architecture for enterprise architecture SABSA is the best method to develop your security architecture for your enterprise architecture. It is simple to say ‘Security Architecture is a Cross-Cutting Concern.’ What that means is for every domain, every element, we must consider every decision in terms of risk and security. SABSA’s comprehensive business driven approach balances gain and potential loss is the path to take. SABSA balances reward and cost. SABSA manages enterprise risk. Explore DIY Tools to Improve Security Architecture Integrating Risk and Security in TOGAF Architecture SABSA Overview SABSA is based on a comprehensive top-down model. The SABSA model drives the SABSA Development Process that develops the security architecture domain of your enterprise architecture. First, you understand the strategic context creating […]

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Why we use Avolution ABACUS

31 May 2020

Why we use Avolution ABACUS We use Avolution ABACUS for enterprise architecture modelling and as our EA repository. We build Conexiam Navigate and all Navigate Atlases in Avolution ABACUS. ABACUS supports an analytic approach to enterprise architecture. Enterprise architects who analyze a system will understand how to change it to meet a set of goals. ABACUS supports better architecture development. Avolution ABACUS structure We love ABACUS’ ability to construct a custom content meta-model. The foundation of good enterprise architecture is being able to support your stakeholders to make better decisions. In order to do that, your enterprise architecture team has to gather and analyze information that applies to the changes being contemplated. There is no best architecture model. The idea is ludicrous. A government agency […]

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Navigate Content Framework Available

31 May 2020

Navigate Content Framework Released What is a Conexiam Navigate Atlas Best practice enterprise architecture ensures that the central questions the business needs answered are in focus. To achieve tight focus, you must ruthlessly minimize the information gathered, analyzed, stored and maintained. Every component that used in the models in an EA repository must be sustained, as well as the relationships and properties. The number of interim architecture states and options analyzed multiplies the information maintenance burden. Based upon the question an EA Team are asked to address Navigate is custom configured. Core Navigate contains the absolute minimum information. Different purposes call for different data requirements. Conexiam’s specialized Atlases extended Navigate seamlessly. This method allows substantially smaller information demands and crisp focus on expected value. We […]

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TOGAF Phase H – Applying Agile

2 May 2020

TOGAF Phase H – Applying Agile You would never know TOGAF Phase H – Architecture Change Management is one of my favourite ADM Phases from the objective I wrote. The “process will .. provide for the continual monitoring of such things as new developments in technology and changes in the business environment…” The TOGAF Phase H objective is awkward. What it means is that you need an activity assessing value and risk information. Then you need to be able to react. In January 2020, after watching the news from China, I told my team we had an agility event. Buckle-up, it will be a wild ride. Later, from the local pub, I texted a fellow EA/TOGAF theoretician about TOGAF’s Phase H (Risk Management, Value Realization […]

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TOGAF® 9.2 Body of Knowledge

25 June 2018

TOGAF® 9.2 Body of Knowledge The TOGAF 9.2 Body of Knowledge provides enduring stable, proven practice and new emerging ideas. They focus the TOGAF 9.2 Body of Knowledge on developing useful enterprise architecture and establishing enterprise architecture teams. The TOGAF Series Guides and material in the TOGAF Library provide the guidance to use the Fundamental volumes of the TOGAF Standard. View our curated TOGAF 9 Body of Knowledge TOGAF 9.2 Body of Knowledge The TOGAF Standard contains enduring concepts that are universal. It is an excellent enterprise architecture framework. The TOGAF 9.2 Body of Knowledge focuses on two uses of the standard developing useful enterprise architecture establishing enterprise architecture teams The TOGAF 9.2 Body of Knowledge covers the transition from universal to unique. Different documents […]

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Integrating Risk & Security within a TOGAF® EA Published

14 August 2017

Risk and Security Using TOGAF® Enterprise Architecture We all struggle with Risk & Security Effective integration of security and risk into our Enterprise Architecture practice eludes too many of us. Over the past couple of years, we have been working with colleagues in The Open Group and the SABSA Institute to address this space. Today they published “Integrating Risk and Security within a TOGAF® Enterprise Architecture“. This work guides security enterprise architects and Enterprise Architects to develop a best-practice Enterprise Architecture. The guide shows how Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Security Architecture relate to each other, highlighting the core security and risk concepts used in Information Security Management and Enterprise Risk Management. We have identified the established best practices you should adopt. How security enterprise architects […]

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Enterprise Architecture Trap #7 Asking the Easy Question

25 April 2017

Trap #7 – Asking the Easy Question Enterprise architects are in the room to address hard questions. Questions whose answers serve divergent outcomes. Crash and burn stories Too many EA teams are low functioning. Literally hanging on by their fingernails. If you see these practices, stop! Stop now! Enterprise Architecture Graveyard Just the Basics Be a better architect Join our free 90-day personal enterprise architect kickstart. Learn the same techniques we use mentoring enterprise architects during a Predictable EA engagement. Conexiam’s EA Community provides regular professional development updates, tools, and technique. Join our free EA Community. Start today Just the Basics Enteprise Architect’s Guide Download the Enterprise Architect’s Guide. TOGAF series guide on delivering useful enterprise architecture We sit and listen to the explanation of […]

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