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Enterprise architecture


October 20, 2008  7:54 PM

Another Application Definition



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

While collecting some views of Application Architectures, I came across yet another way of defining an application. I liked it, as it aligns with my reasoning that an application is simply the automation of a business function using technology. An analyst named Tom Richards wrote the following...

October 8, 2008  8:50 PM

Application Architecture Content 3



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

In my organisation a short document exists for each major business application. This is called the Application Architecture Document and it follows a consistent framework to address specific topics for each application: Business objectives, users that use it, business functions performed,...


October 8, 2008  8:49 PM

Application Architecture Content 2



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

So what artefacts make up an Application Architecture? It can be a huge variety of things, depending on the views that are required. A business view might for example be required that shows what major business applications exist in the organisation. A Solution Designer view might be required for an...


October 8, 2008  8:47 PM

Application Architecture Content 1



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

The next few blogs will look at what is contained within an Application Architecture. The Applications layer features somewhere between the Business and the Infrastructure layers (refer frameworks previously discussed). An application typically includes the data it uses or maintains, and this data...


September 29, 2008  7:50 PM

Knowledge Management



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

KM is another topic in the Information Architecture. Knowledge is Information - albeit a special category of information. As with Content Management, an organisation should include in its Enterprise Architecture a strategy regarding what tools will be used for KM. Such tool(s) should meet the...


September 29, 2008  7:41 PM

Enterprise Content Management



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

ECM is one of a number of topics that feature in an Information Architecture. Content makes up Information. For the purposes of Enterprise Architecture an organisation should have a strategy for how it wants to store Content and what tools it wants to use to manage the Content and apply it to...


September 29, 2008  7:27 PM

Information Architecture: View of BI



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

The accompanying diagram is one of hundreds of views that can add value as part of an Information Architecture. This diagram shows the current landscape of enablers that support Business Intelligence (BI) in an organisation. It shows the various enablers used for BI, according to the layers of a...


September 22, 2008  6:56 PM

Information Architecture Content example 3



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

I mentioned that various methods and tools are available to support a BI programme. One such a tool (perhaps rather a method or discipline), has the objective of making data centrally availabe for extraction and analyses. This is referred to as Data Warehousing. DWH as part of an Information...


September 22, 2008  6:51 PM

Information Architecture Content example 2



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

Another workstream that could make up an Enterprise Information Architecture might be Business Intelligence. This workstream will have its hands full with unravelling the plethora of theory and practices around BI. However, it is again firstly important for the buiness to be clear about its...


September 22, 2008  6:50 PM

Information Architecture Content example 1



Posted by: Anton
Enterprise architecture

Today we return to Information Architecture and have a closer look at what this might contain. Many topics could fit into the IA domain. It can be a challenge to put into context terms such as Data Models, Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Content Management, Data Warehousing, Master...


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