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(November 07, 2018)

Viewpoints to Providing Value to Enterprise Architecture Stakeholders

The eight people you must impress

 

Stakeholder Management ideally requires both zen and versatility. But for Enterprise Architect’s who keep forgetting to enroll in that 10-day Vipassana silent retreat their friend of a friend once took, there remain ways to coolly communicate the value of EA to mixed audiences.

No matter if speaking from an IT, Business, Operational, or Strategic perspective, a modern EA Management Tool can assuage all varieties of stakeholder concerns.

And we’ve conveniently arranged these ways into eight categories—each according to a specific breed of EA collaborator and concern.

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(October 29, 2018)

How to Succeed with Enterprise Architecture (Part 3)

EA solutions found inside the White Paper

 

We've discussed what to do in your first 100 days as an Enterprise Architect. Now let's directly discuss the role of an EA Management tool in supplementing innovation itself. 

Reason being, operations frequently commit to digitalization without knowing the full extent of its potential. They modernize because they have to—because their competitors are and so must they.

The experts say move. And so we pick up an Enterprise Architecture guide and move.

This is not necessarily bad, of course. Beneficial change, no matter the underlying motive, is good. It’s just that in pursuits of innovation, occupational perspectives on new technology are often badly communicated.

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(October 22, 2018)

Starting Strong: The Accidental Enterprise Architect (Part 2)

How to survive your first days on the job

 

You’ve been put in charge of integrating a billion dollar company’s IT infrastructure.

Shock and fear hasn’t subsided but you nonetheless act as if everything is cool. As if you’ve done it all before.

To no one in particular, you repeat the golden mantra of modern EA:

 

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(October 17, 2018)

Post-Merger Blues: The Accidental Enterprise Architect (Part 1)

The unexpected beginnings of a dynamic career

 

Your days consist of fitting business needs with IT capacity.

Patterns in an organization appear before you like a cascade of green binary.

And, most importantly, co-workers don’t totally hate talking to you…

At some point in time, whether or not you even realized it, you became an Enterprise Architect—that rare breed of crazy which speaks IT but thinks in business.

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(October 12, 2018)

Data Breaches: Assess and Mitigate IT Risks (Part 2)

Can higher quality data lead to smarter security?

 

Exactis, a US-based marketing firm you didn’t know existed, discovered earlier this year that it was storing its database of 340 million customer records on a publicly accessible server. The security firm that located the risk told WIRED it was one of the most far-reaching databases of information it had ever seen—the entirety of which was easily vulnerable to attack.

Exactis’ failure presents obvious parallels to Equifax Inc.’s 2017 breach of 143 million US customers’ Social Security Numbers and much else. Disasters like it are why Senator Elizabeth Warren is championing for an Office of Cybersecurity at the US Federal Trade Commission to enforce higher data protection standards for handling consumer records.

The core principles of Senator Warren’s proposed Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act of 2018 (DBPCA) became a reality in the European Union as of last May. For EU members it’s called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—and the LeanIX blog has reported on it from conception to reality plus hosted compliance seminars with those like Andreas Bosch from McKesson. But seeing that many EU companies grapple with its terms, are American enterprises likely to also struggle if/when their turn to submit?

And more specifically, must Enterprise Architects re-think operations to prepare for whatever wave of intensified scrutiny is coming their way?

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(October 11, 2018)

Enterprise Architecture Governance: A Holistic View

 

Enterprise Architecture Governance is a practice encompassing the fundamental aspects of managing a business. It involves firm leadership, a complete knowledge of organizational structure, a confident direction, and the enablement of effective IT processes to promote an enterprise’s strategies.

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(October 09, 2018)

Technology Obsolescence: Assess and Mitigate IT Risks (Part 1)

The not-so-modern phenomenon making the digitalized world shudder

Surprising no one, Allianz Group has named Business Interruption (BI) as the global business community’s most feared risk in its 2018 Risk Barometer report. It is now the sixth straight year that BI has taken this distinction.

What this means is that more than 1,900 risk management experts from top international enterprises have expressed, ad nauseum, the perils of systems outages—ones resulting not only from natural disasters but also from digitalization and the delicate interconnectedness of all business services.

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(September 28, 2018)

How to start TOGAF with an enterprise architecture tool

Building your dream architecture in the digitalized, agile world.

 

TOGAF—The Open Group Architectural Framework—has been used by Enterprise Architects (EAs) as a common language to plot development strategies for more than 25 years.

It’s big. Version 9.2 big.

But with TOGAF’s evolving library of definitions and symbology comes the unavoidable struggle to implement its powerful framework in an agile way. 

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(September 25, 2018)

Defining the future of IT and Business Management – EA Connect Days 2018 in Bonn

 The premier summit for Enterprise Architecture.

 

How did giants of industry like Zalando and Hermes embrace digitalization so successfully? Why have companies like Vaillant and Norma Group excelled in managing complex yet agile operations while others failed? 

Is there truly a blueprint to winning the race to innovation and if so, who holds it?

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(September 14, 2018)

The 3 Steps to Success in EA Tool Adoption

During our recent event in New York, Christian Richter, VP of Customer Success outlined steps for successful adoption of EA tools. With more than 50,000 users across 120+ customers, the LeanIX team has seen the ups and downs of EA tool deployment. With this foundational knowledge, Christian offered up a pragmatic 3-stage approach to speeding time to value with LeanIX.

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