Thursday, April 30, 2015

Phase C: A High Level Application View

From the Technology Reference Model,  the Integration SWAT Team guy then began to drill down into the architecture.

"I've been working mostly in the Applications, Data and Technology Architectures.  I haven't touched the Business Architectures."  He smiled.  I think he's leaving that for me.

I wanted to give you an example of what this looks like from our perspective.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Technology Reference Model

I ran into our SWAT team guy for integration after a meeting one day.  He came from an organization with a more mature enterprise architecture practice.  He also happens to be our resident expert in Archimate.  I was hoping to pick his brain and see whether what I was doing a) was on the right track and b) would help him and the rest of the SWAT team in any way.

"I have something to show you."

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Business Architecture Sample - Student Registration classroom

The article this image came from talks about how the client-side marketing research department could politically position themselves to make use of the data.

A fascinating read itself - if not related to the below post...

As you might have guessed, I'm writing these posts as I am doing the work.
And you may have noticed that I am not doing the stages "in order".
I'm organizing and creating the pieces as the opportunity and inspiration presents itself.
Such is the risk when a venture like this is done as a "side job".

All of this information eventually appears in the following stages:

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Business Architecture - The Individual Process Level

Now that I have a rough idea of what processes I need to document, it's time for me to start mapping out the individual process.  The act of doing this will help me break this down further.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Business Architecture - Here be Monsters

This is the Carta Marina. Please note the monsters.You will find some on your journey.

An interesting interactive version of this map can be found at

I now have a rough idea of the processes that need to be documented.

And this is where things can get a little hairy....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Business Architecture - So What Do You Do?

Argue about the validity of ADDIE if you must, but most training teams I have encountered still use this as an organizing structure for what they do.
I'd rather talk to my  stakeholders in a way they understand.

This particular iteration is from Chico State IDTS.
The "Power Users" for the Learning Ecosystem will be the folks performing staff training design, development and delivery activities.

One of the important things to figure out is what these folks actually do.
This is the start of the investigation for the Business Architecture.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Preliminary Phase - Stakeholder Identification and What to Do with Them

An important step in this process is to figure out who your stakeholders are and perform a bit of Stakeholder analysis.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Preliminary Phase - Outputs

From lynda-m at

The Preliminary Phase of the architecture is supposed to have 4 outputs.  I am outlining these below to help provide a checklist of the types of information I need to gather and some of the early decisions that need to be considered.

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