The worst enterprise architecture anti-pattern of them all

The worst enterprise architecture anti-pattern of them all

Architecture is not a very effective discipline. There are many reasons this is the case, but one is key: the way organisations generally try to govern their organisation-as-a-whole architectural goals. This happens in ways that lead...

02/22/17

Nonsense non-functional requirements

Nonsense non-functional requirements

The NFR concept is deeply flawed: What's counted as an NFR is not, and what is an NFR is ignored

12/05/16

John A. Zachman: Agile at 82

John A. Zachman: Agile at 82

John Zachman is known as the father of enterprise architecture. These days, the agile crowd might disavow him and his 'framework', but it seems John's message is rather misunderstood.

06/29/16

The IT janitor

The IT janitor

Business IT landscapes are full with technological debt. Why do we keep ignoring the crud that has accumulated?

03/18/16

A tale of application rationalization (not)

A tale of application rationalization (not)

Application rationalisation is a popular idea in enterprises. It promises architectural simplification of the IT-landscape. But often rationalisation is an illusion as enterprise-specific functionality has to be recreated in the new...

12/21/15

Architecture principles considered harmful

Architecture principles considered harmful

Architecture principles are a very popular tool in the enterprise architect's tool box. The underlying concept of 'comply or explain', however, makes them particularly toxic.

10/16/15

Data center myopia creates cloud illusions

Data center myopia creates cloud illusions

What is the Cloud other than 'other people's data centers'? What happens if you move IT-support for your business to the cloud? It disappears from your data center and that makes it seem as a reduction of complexity. But it also moves...

09/09/15

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