Earlier in the year I was thinking about how best to establish a knowledge management community for a team of Enterprise Architects. The tool of choice was Microsoft SharePoint. I started by laying out a set of design principles that I felt were appropriate for the community design to adopt. This proved to be a very powerful and compelling technique and allowed many of the design decisions to be taken simply and collectively by exploring the sensibility and applicability of each principle. Continue reading “Design Principles for Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing”
JOIN US at Unicom for a panel discussion on Enterprise Architecture Strategy – 27th September 2012, London. Continue reading “Unicom Conference: Panel on Enterprise Architecture Strategy”
The presentation looks at Systems Thinking and its importance to successful Enterprise Architectures. A Systems Thinking framework, VPEC-T is described including practical applications of Systems Thinking in Enterprise Architecture problem solving. Continue reading “Enterprise Architecture and Systems Thinking: Applied VPEC-T”
Ivory Towers are created by intellectual elitism, over-specialisation and condescension. Continue reading “Ivory Tower Anti Pattern”
Understanding the Policy Enforcement Point pattern:
- End-user requests access to an application / service.
- Request is routed through a Policy Enforcement Point.
- Policy Enforcement Point transfers the request details to a Policy Decision Point for evaluation and authorisation decision.
- The Policy Decision Point refers to a Policy Store and possibly a Policy Information Point.
- Policy is administered through a ‘central’ Policy Administration Point (not shown in Figure 1).
- The Policy Enforcement Point enforces the decisions of the Policy Decision Point.
IN TERMS of ‘forces’ affecting the CIO Agenda, Big Data Technologies are vitally important. This is due to explosive growth in number of data source types: applications, digital media, mobiles, users, customers, unstructured data sets, sensors, emails, blogs etc. Continue reading “Big Data Technologies Ecosytem”
VPEC-T is a Systems Thinking framework with 5 dimensions (Values, Policy, Events, Content and Trust). VPEC-T is useful in the context of Enterprise Architecture, particularly in terms of exploring the full breadth of the Information System and their related concerns. Continue reading “VPEC-T meets Enterprise Architecture”
DATA IS AT THE CORE of every business. Data Quality is a consequence of many factors. Applications act on data, processes act on applications, people interact with applications via processes. Continue reading “Hitting the Data Quality Bullseye”
THIS BOOK is a very useful primer on the purpose of Enterprise Architecture Principles, their specification and governance.
A Principles Catalogue in the Appendix is also a very useful resource if you have never written Enterprise Architecture principles and are looking for an accelerator or some examples (of course also refer to TOGAF and similar frameworks). There is also good coverage of the lifecycle of principles and how principles should be linked to business goals (with practical examples). Continue reading “Enterprise Architecture Principles – Book Recommendation”
Wiki technology is a foundational component of modern knowledge sharing. It will speed up many aspects of delivery, aide with communications and cut maintenance costs. Using Wiki to good effect is an excellent approach for collaboration and knowledge sharing at negligible cost. Let’s consider some common problems and how the Power of Wiki can create useful technology patterns for Knowledge Management. Continue reading “Wiki Patterns and Anti Patterns”