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On 12 May 2021, the US White House issued a presidential executive order (EO) on improving the nation’s cybersecurity. The purpose of this Advisor is to point to this EO as a resource that enterprises should study in some depth as well as to use it as a context to highlight ways to think more fundamentally and timelessly about cybersecurity.
This Advisor explores the use of the ISO/IEC 25010 quality model as a software architecture evaluation method. You'll discover how this model offers a common language for describing architecturally significant quality characteristics across the organization and creates the potential for comparison across projects and their architecture reviews.
Developing strategy requires all the skills possessed by competent, experienced enterprise architects, plus the ability to deal with uncertainty and ranges of responses. This Advisor explores how you can use scenarios — or stories — to describe various combinations of responses in order to work out the likely outcomes in each case.
In most enterprises, business processes are automated in isolation, creating “automation silos” — a major barrier to realizing the fuller potential of enterprise-wide integrated automation. Businesses must take a more strategic approach if they are to break automation silos. This Advisor identifies four key considerations that should go into planning for smart automation 2.0.
This Advisor explores how business architecture stakeholder mapping can assist a healthy circular economy implementation by specifying the value stream scenarios where different stakeholders extract value propositions across a value cycle, enabling the cycle to start and be sustained.
Pursuing digital transformation involves a deep focus on the nature of the data being used in the organization, the services being exposed around that data, and what business use cases are being improved and reimagined through the use and recomposition of these new services. This Advisor explores three common failure areas that emerge in transformations.
If enterprises must be agile as well as secure, there cannot be daylight between security design and the broader architecture and purpose of the enterprise. Many enterprises may need to take a step back, survey the security landscape, and evaluate the level of coherence of their security architecture.
In Part II of this Executive Update series on business architecture and sustainability, we detail business architecture’s role in transitioning to the circular economy while concurrently delivering related business strategies that include opening up new markets and new revenue streams.