Real Enterprise Architecture

Book - Real Enterprise ArchitecturePublished: May 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-00-5

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Enterprise architecture started as a formal business discipline some years ago as a means to rein in the cost and complexity of IT systems. Yet whilst enterprise-architects are still most often found in IT departments, and most frameworks such as Zachman, FEAF and TOGAF are strictly IT-centric, it does not belong under IT at all. In practice, real enterprise architecture is concerned with the structure of the entire enterprise – the integration of everything the enterprise is and does.

This book introduces a new approach to tackle the much broader scope of enterprise-scale architecture, using a systematic, iterative process for architecture development with a framework based on the well-known Group Dynamics project life-cycle.

Topics covered include:

  • how to bridge the business/IT divide
  • how to describe the business role of enterprise architecture
  • how to choose the right architecture team at each stage of development
  • how to link architecture with business strategy
  • how to improve balance between manual, machine and IT-based processes
  • how to improve knowledge-sharing across the enterprise
  • how to measure enterprise-scale architecture maturity

If you want to take your enterprise-architecture to a new, higher level of maturity, this is one book you’ll definitely need.

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for almost three decades, in systems development, knowledge management, business transformation and enterprise architecture. Since starting his career as a systems specialist in the pre-press industry, where he is recognized as one of the pioneers of desktop publishing, his clients in Europe, Australia and the USA have covered a broad range of industries including banking, utilities, logistics, engineering, print and publishing, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises, and integration between IT-based and non-IT-based services.

One Response to “Real Enterprise Architecture”

  1. kan Says:

    Hi Tom,
    I am new to this field of enterprise architecture. Coming from a programming background most of the ideas and concepts found in most books about the topic seem fuzzy to me. I am reading “Real Enterprise Architecture” and am wondering which sequence of books you would advise in order for me to get the necessary understanding to perform optimally at my new position. Thanks.

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