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lightweight architecture repository

Building a Lightweight Architecture Repository

by Miklos Janoska

This Advisor describes one way of establishing a non-blocking architecture governance practice for Agile development teams. 

A Design Thinking Approach

A Design Thinking Approach to Smart Automation

by Aravind Ajad Yarra

An understanding of the interplay of human users with automation, the underlying system actors (business applications, data, etc.), the business process, and the overall value chain is complex. What better way to keep human users at the center of auto­mation design than the use of design thinking? Design thinking has already been established as the best way to create solutions for wicked problems that cannot be solved by reasoning alone. By adapting design thinking for smart automation, we can analyze the problem space better and incrementally improve on the solution, moving toward success while considering human factors. The design thinking process has five stages: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Let’s investigate how we can adapt it for smart automation initiatives.

Envisioning the Organization of the Future: The Cognitive Enterprise

Envisioning the Organization of the Future: The Cognitive Enterprise

by William Ulrich

The cognitive enterprise relies on a business knowledgebase, framed by its business architecture, and cognitive computing technologies. In this on-demand webinar, you'll discover what it takes to evolve to become a highly adaptive enterprise — one that is increasingly efficient, effective, and responsive to customer demands; one that can respond quickly to whatever comes its way.

EA Metrics in the Digital Enterprise

Measuring EA’s Value in the Digital Enterprise

by Brian Cameron

Organizations that hope to survive in the digital age must utilize a systematic and solid corporate performance management process. A crucial part of that performance management process is metrics.

Enterprise Frames

Architecture Enlivens Digital (And Other) Enterprise Frames

by Balaji Prasad

There is a symbiotic relationship between the picture frames arising from such words and the pictures painted by enterprise architects. That is the theme of this Advisor: architects can make enterprise frames come to life, and the frames can breathe life into architecture.

Business Architect

Business Architects: The Guide in an Organization’s Story

by Whynde Kuehn

Communicating with others about a new architectural vision of the future requires techniques such as illustrations and presentation design, graphic recording and facilitation, and storytelling. Storytelling in particular reaches people on a human level, as we explore in this Advisor.

Executive Update

The Evolving Enterprise API Platform

by James Higginbotham

This Executive Update examines some current trends in the API space, including API platforms, as well as the influence of microservices, streaming, and serverless on those API platforms. We also cover how enterprises are expanding their API program to include the broader concerns of enterprise architecture. Finally, we take a look at what those trends and perspective shifts may hold for us in the future.

Bill Ulrich
Executive Update

The Cognitive Enterprise: Envisioning the Business of the Future

by William Ulrich

There is a wealth of evolving business and IT strategies, disciplines, and technologies, but many of these concepts are technology-driven and lack a unifying vision. The cognitive enterprise, on the other hand, offers a business-driven vision for organizations where technology is merely a means to an end. This Executive Update outlines the purpose of the cognitive enterprise, its two fundamental underlying concepts, common scenarios that manifest within a cognitive enterprise, and how to position organizations to achieve this vision.