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Strong recommendations

Business Architecture - A Practical Guide, by Graham Meaden and Jonathan Whelan

Business Model Generations, by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

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The Complexity of the Enterprise

Modern businesses can be visualised as living organisms with many cell types interacting in very complex ways in an attempt to deliver services to customers.  These interactions have to be fluid so as to ensure that they can continue to be competitive and agile enough to respond to customers who are becoming more savvy and demanding more for less.

Enterprise architecture is there to support the business in achieving its goals, in moving forward, in remaining competitive, in being agile

TOGAF defines and makes use of four domains for understanding the nature of an enterprise, and for defining the current and target state of that enterprise

I define Enterprise Architecture as

The systematic approach to capturing the current and target state of a system viewed through the structural and dynamic characteristics of the components (things: roles, processes, organisational structures, policies, goals, drivers, objectives, locations, services, functions, capabilities, applications, interfaces, software libraries, interoperability models, software standards, data standards, data models, security models, data strategies for DR and BCP, technology portfolio and the list goes on) that are embodied in that system.  Let's see why I say this "the town planning concept."

TOGAF Elements

TOGAF is comprised off 6+1 parts

  1. The introduction
  2. The ADM (Architecture Development Method)
  3. Guidelines and Techniques
  4. Architecture Content Framework
  5. Enterprise Continuum
  6. Reference Models (of which there are two)
  7. Architecture Capability Framework

TOGAF Architecture Domains (BiDAT)

  • (B)usniess
  • (i)nformation - the coming together and Data and Application domains - NOT an official TOGAF® domain
  • (D)ata
  • (A)pplication
  • (T)echnology

We summarise the framework as follows

See PDF for detailed view