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This Advisor tells the story of two similar organizations with initiatives to derive and define data models. The first organization had a business architecture in place, which included a well-defined capability map, value streams, and information map. The second organization did not.
Every change effort requires a certain amount of troubleshooting to determine what processes and capabilities need to be altered to meet new business goals. Yet, far too little attention has been given to the skill of troubleshooting. This Advisor explores troubleshooting as a skill and a process and discusses how to apply it to enterprise architecture to identify appropriate starting points for change initiatives.
Controls are only as good as their ability to be enforced. This Advisor reviews the architecture and enforcement mechanisms used to steer developers, DevOps, and infrastructure engineering staff through the use of compliance-as-code controls.
Architecting over time is even more challenging than architecting over space. Time is not just one more dimension. Time brings relative unknowns that make it difficult, even impossible, to define requirements in advance. How do we build for a universe that we cannot see?
What are the steps in creating a successful portfolio management practice? This Advisor explores how to establish governance, conduct a maturity assessment, and take a cyclical approach to operating a practice. It also provides important points to keep in mind regarding each stage of the roadmap.
In this Executive Update, we explore how business architecture can help define data architecture, delivering transparency across a number of related business domains.
This collection of articles written by Cutter Senior Consultant Barry O'Reilly follows his journey as he strives to redefine the practice of software architecture as the bridge between complexity science and systems engineering, and reframe the decision-making role of the architect as the careful navigation of uncertainty.
This Advisor portrays a fictional conversation between the COO of a regional manufacturing company and an enterprise architect, and illustrates how enterprise architecture supports business strategy by monitoring structures, managing the investment portfolio, and ensuring the operating model stays aligned with the business model.