Fractals, naming and enterprise-architecture

What naming do we need, when we’re doing architectures for every part of the enterprise? Yeah, I know this is another one that I go on and on about, but it’s just too bad: we need to resolve this one –

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At Vlerick Business School: EA roadmapping

How do we do roadmapping in enterprise-architecture – developing the plan for change, and keeping to that change? How do we adjust to changes in the change itself? A great session on this last week at Vlerick Business School, in

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From service to product

We’ve recently explored here the transition from product to service – but what about the other way round, from service to product? (Many thanks to Michael Poulin for reminding of this point.) As far as I understand it, product and

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Organisation and enterprise

What is an enterprise? Perhaps more specifically, what is ‘the enterprise’ in enterprise-architecture? (Quick TL;DR summary: in enterprise-architecture, ‘the enterprise’ is not the same as ‘the organisation’, and is always larger in scope than just ‘the organisation’. Confusing those two terms, or treating

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Why the ‘why’ matters

In any real-world practice, why do we need to explain the ‘why’ as much as the ‘how’ and ‘with-what’? Here’s a first-hand answer to that question… Way back when (almost half a century ago: yikes…), I took a school-vacation job

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From product to service

What’s the relationship between product and service? How does that relationship work in practice, within a service-oriented enterprise-architecture? What started this one off was this much-referenced comparison: (My apologies, I don’t know who to credit for this image – perhaps

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Mass-customisation, mass-uniqueness and big-data

What’s the difference between mass-customisation and mass-uniqueness? And how much of data – or, these days, big-data – do we need in order to be able to support a mass-uniqueness business-model? I’ve long been interested in the challenges of business-models

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On ‘Why Smart People Get Depressed’

Why do smart people get depressed? And what can we do about it? That was the theme, and title, for a brilliant recent article by Henrik Mårtensson (@Kallokain). In the subsequent Twitter-conversation, Henrik asked us for our opinions and experiences

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Pointless paperwork

The train was full, of course – standing-room only. I made my way down to the onboard cafe-bar, not in the hope of finding a seat, but more of finding some place to stand that wouldn’t result in jostling someone

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The identity of enterprise architecture

Anyone who doubts that enterprise-architecture has an identity-problem, should take a look at this wonderfully poignant address-slip that did eventually reach enterprise-architect Julius Schaffer at the University of Adelaide: Nope, enterprise-architecture is not the same as civil-architecture; nor is it

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