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The New Fundamentals of Enterprise Architecture: Top 2018 Blog Posts Grouped By Topic

Posted by Tim R on 24 January 2019

the new fundamentals of enterprise architecture

Developments in Enterprise Architecture are clues into the direction headed by industry as a whole. Looking equally at the services adopted by large-scale organizations and the very authors of their implementation strategies can predict future market positions with surprising accuracy.

Now a boardroom activity, EAs are entrusted to activate the solutions that once they only submitted in writing—and the quality of the designs tools and methodologies they champion to tame disruptive technology is a potent measurement of an enterprise’s potential.

So, without keeping you waiting, let’s see what characterized EA in 2018 (and the LeanIX Blog Posts that covered it along the way).

At a glance:Free Poster: Best Practices to Define Business Capability Maps

 

1. Business Capability Maps

Technology’s value in enterprises has evolved from supporting business strategies to defining business altogether. Business Capability Mapping—an attempt to fully detail and articulate the capacity, materials, and expertise required by an organization to satisfy core functions—is now a pre-requisite to executing structural changes, big and small. It is a natural byproduct of organizations expecting transparency into their operations, and EAs are frequently solicited just to generate this clarity. 

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2. Microservices

Microservices is an implementation approach for Service-Oriented Architectures and are used to build flexible, independently deployable software systems. The speed at which services in an microservices architecture communicate with one another is an object of desire for enterprises worldwide—and connecting them to this better life is typically at the top of an EA’s priority list. As such, scores of cross-industry research on best practices to facilitating a microservices transformation has emerged—the likes of which the LeanIX Blog has followed closely.

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3. Modernized TOGAF

Today's agile approaches to IT management owe much of their success to the architectural standards set by TOGAF. However, the rush to digitalization in thriving modern businesses require EAs—both new and old-school—to recognize all best practices in order to truly integrate networks of Information, Business, and Technology. For this reason TOGAF has not entirely disappeared but is rather being elevated and dispersed via products like LeanIX’s Enterprise Architecture Management Tool—an SaaS that can modernize the TOGAF framework for digital audiences while preserving its rigorous standards. 

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 4. GETTING TO THE CLOUD

The pace of enterprises en route to cloud-based ecosystems accelerated even further in 2018—a migration heavily expedited thanks to growing consensus among EA communities on transformation best practices. Indeed, a successful governance of cloud migration (to Azure or AWS or Google Cloud) has become a critical use case of EA today. “Agility”, “Flexibility”, and “Consumption-Based Pricing” are promises lauded by the technology’s vendors—each one of which executives turn to bespoke Enterprise Architecture Governance programs to make a reality.

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5. IT Architects: Knowing the differences (Technical, Solution, Information, Reference, Domain)

The modern symbiosis between Business and IT has expanded job titles and created a new lexicon of responsibilities within organizations keen to digitally overhaul their workspaces. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the fields of IT Architecture—a discipline underscored by numerous subsets, each advantageous for merging IT/Business for their own reasons. It may sound dumb, but actually knowing what someone does is the first step to getting a task accomplished… 

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6. Technology Obsolescence

If one digital asset in an enterprise goes kaput after its service license expires or its source provider calls it quits, so might another. This domino effect is the consequence of Technology Obsolescence—a scary and precisely modern danger that keeps C-level executives up at night. Enterprise Architecture Management—and in particular, its capacity for wide-scale application lifecycle supervision—is an effective remedy against the hidden dangers of antiquated technology. Less so graphic designers than digital-waste workers, the cleaning tools have evolved for EAs—as have their combat strategies.

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7. Blockchain

Is Blockchain still a thing? Though McKinsey recently reported that the technology is precariously stuck in arrested development, enterprises the world over are pre-emptively bolstering IT infrastructures to prepare themselves in the off-chance that cryptocurrency exchanges surpass traditional payments systems. How has EA helped out?

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8. DevOps

DevOps (Development + Operations) practices are designed to unify software development and software operations. Employing multidisciplinary teams, the DevOps movement has conquered the IT world by enabling automation, quick software integration and testing, and improved deployment frequency to generate immediate benefits to organizations. Transforming traditional workspaces into well-oiled DevOps environments is both a logistical and cultural undertaking requiring concerted EA efforts. In the search for the magic formula to seamlessly connect these two worlds, DevOps has produced a litany of misinformation and conflicting approaches. And for EAs, securing the right guidance is almost as tough as the mission itself. 

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 9. Certificates

EAs (unlike blog writers) can’t talk out of their hat when discussing technology. Outfitting IT and Business landscapes in intelligent manners requires dedicated research—the types of which must be learning in school. Like, actual school. Whether related to systems thinking, project management skills, IT governance and operation, or hardware and software knowledge, certification programs committed to enriching EA professionals are multiplying. 

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10. GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission use to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union. The main purpose of the GDPR is to provide a set of standardized data protection laws to protect the "Personally Identifiable Information" of EU citizens. A mixed blessing, the discipline of Enterprise Architecture has seen a great proliferation since GDPR came into being. So, how much pressure is actually being put on EAs to rescue their companies from compliance nightmares?

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