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Enterprise Architecture: Don’t Be a Fool with a Tool

Last month I referred to the cult comedy Office Space when I posed the question, Is Enterprise Architecture Completely Broken? After speaking with two authorities on The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), perhaps I had the wrong film. A better choice: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Apparently, Enterprise Architecture is not dead yet.

In fact, TOGAF is perhaps the most popular Enterprise Architecture (EA) framework today, and its popularity is only increasing, in spite of the fact that many organizations misapply TOGAF. Yet, even for those organizations that successfully leverage TOGAF and thus achieve positive business outcomes, business agility is still largely out of reach. Thus, while Agile Enterprise Architecture may have crossed the chasm, TOGAF has yet to make the leap.

jesterTOGAF: Work in Progress

The Open Group is a non-profit organization that drives the development of “leading global standards for Enterprise Architecture and certification for enterprise, IT and business architects,” according to their Web site. At the center of this volunteer-driven effort is TOGAF, an EA methodology and framework that is now at version 9.1. And even though “TOGAF is a work in progress,” according to Allen Brown, President and CEO at The Open Group, “the number of TOGAF certifications is accelerating around the world. It’s kind of strange. I would have thought it would have plateaued.” Perhaps TOGAF’s accelerating success is simply because it’s the only game in town. “Many companies report ‘of course we’re using TOGAF’,” according to Brown. “‘What else would you do?’”

Vish Viswanathan, Managing Principal of C C and C Solutions based in Sydney Australia, has a similar perspective. “There’s a revolution taking place, particularly among the Indian System Integrators (SIs),” according to Viswanathan. “Everyone is trying to jump on the TOGAF bandwagon.” Viswanathan is a globally recognized TOGAF expert and a pioneer in designing and delivering The Open Group’s TOGAF Certification Course as well as handholding customers in the TOGAF start up phases.

Read the entire article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2014/08/07/enterprise-architecture-dont-be-a-fool-with-a-tool/

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).