Life cycle management: Let the sunshine in

Life cycle management: Let the sunshine in

Although superficially you can be very standardized, life cycle events of all the parts can still turn the landscape into a hard problem

08/12/2019

To be, and not to be—is that the answer?

To be, and not to be—is that the answer?

If you believe much of the current reporting on quantum computing, it's around the corner. Here's how quantum computing works and how realistic it is that it will be available any time soon

03/11/2019

Something is (still) rotten in the kingdom of artificial intelligence

Something is (still) rotten in the kingdom of artificial intelligence

Four types of problems in the land of artificial intelligence

03/21/2018

‘Panta rhei’: How more ‘agile’ can make you less agile

‘Panta rhei’: How more ‘agile’ can make you less agile

It seems to many that agile is seen as a free pass for unlimited change. This is an illusion. Working agile can in fact decrease your agility

03/08/2018

The clash of big data and the cloud

The clash of big data and the cloud

Making good strategic design decisions about the locations of your data and processing is key

12/11/2017

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...

02/22/2017

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

12/05/2016

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.

06/29/2016

The IT janitor

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

03/18/2016

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...

12/21/2015

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.

10/16/2015

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...

09/09/2015

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