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Welcome to our knowledge base, this is where you can find information on various topics like Togaf, Enterprise Architecture, EA tools, IT trends and more. This section is purely intended as a free information library. If there are specific topics you would like to see described please email these to info@whitecloudsoftware.ca

WIKIPEDIA: Enterprise architecture is a well-defined practice for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation, using a holistic approach at all times, for the successful development and execution of strategy.

GARTNER: Enterprise architecture is the process of translating business vision and strategy into effective enterprise change by creating, communicating, and improving the key principles and models that describe the enterprise's future state and enable its evolution.

FORRESTER: Enterprise architecture consists of the vision, principles and standards that guide the purchase and deployment of technology within an enterprise.

THE OPEN GROUP: Enterprise architecture is a discipline that helps the enterprise define, develop and exploit the capabilities in order to achieve the enterprise’s strategic Intent. An ‘enterprise’ is any collection of organizations that has a common set of goals and/or a single bottom line.

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Enterprise Architecture - Platform Suites are Dying

enterprise architecture - platform suites are dying

enterprise architecture - platform suites are dying How did it get started? For a while a strong trend within technology architecture was to invest in large technology platform suites. This trend started with the core back-office functions and...

What to look for in an Enterprise Architecture Tool

enterprise architecture tools requirements

enterprise architecture tools requirements This article provides some of the key requirements you would want to look for inside an enterprise architecture tool. Please note that we are an EA tool vendor and will be highlighting features or requirements...

TOGAF Strength and Weaknesses

TOGAF  strength & weakness

TOGAF strength & weakness This article describes some of the the strengths and weaknesses of TOGAF. Please note that these relfect our opinion which is based on our experience of using and applying TOGAF for the past 15+ years. TOGAF Strength The...

TOGAF Support in Enterprise Architecture Software

TOGAF framework

TOGAF framework When does does your Enterprise Architecture Software support TOGAF? This article describes what kind of support you should/could expect from your enterprise architecture software. A common heard question from EA practitioners is “does...

EA Modeling Tips by EAComposer

A big part of what enterprise architects do is creating visual models. This is also known as EA modeling. We use EA modeling to deliver certain insights. The visual model is often how this insight is delivered. We will now discuss two aspect of this....

TOGAF and EA Governance

In general to set up governance you need: 1. Discipline = Commitment to follow procedures, techniques, and power structures. 2. Transparency = Decision backing accessible for review. 3. Independence = Mechanisms to minimize or completely avoid...

Enterprise Architecture and Small Businesses

Enterprise Architecture and Small Businesses

Enterprise Architecture and Small Businesses Most of EA work takes places with the medium to large size businesses. There are several drivers for that usually. The larger organizations have recognized the existence of problems that EA can resolve or...

Enterprise Architecture Middle Out

enterprise architecture middle out approach

enterprise architecture middle out approach In my previous post I talked about the two basic different approaches that you can use to start applying Enterprise Architecture. This post is describing another option called the Middle Out. Middle Out The...

Enterprise Architecture Top Down or Bottom Up

Enterprise Architecture Top Down or Bottom Up

Enterprise Architecture Top Down or Bottom Up At the core there are two ways to start with Enterprise Architecture. Let’s start with a very quick distinction between these two and then we will explains the pro’s and con’s and provide some more depth as...

TOGAF Background - Management of TOGAF itself

To begin with, TOGAF has an excellent pedigree. The Open Group, creator of TOGAF, is a well established global consortium which exists from 1996 - meaning that it has been around for quite some time now. More than 400 organizations support it, and...

Enterprise Architecture Metamodel Explained

Enterprise Architecture Metamodel

Enterprise Architecture Metamodel We're all aware that the creation of specific metamodel is very valuable. But, if you had to explain metamodel to someone, how would you do it? First, let's define the term "metamodel". According to the IEEE Online...

Agile and TOGAF

Agility has become important capability of enterprises. The speed at which clients require changes, at which new regulations affect processes and services, and the simplicity with which competitors can disrupt your business as Apple and Google do...

Socialcultural side of Enterprise Architecture

Socialcultural Enterprise Architecture

Socialcultural Enterprise Architecture Companies don't work in reality as they do on paper. On paper, there are divisions (all made like a nice rectangle) and business processes with accurate inflows and outflows of information. On paper, things can be...

TOGAF Stakeholder

Enterprise Architecture often tries to address and balance different stakeholder viewpoints. But that doesn't work often. Why? Let's paraphrase Abraham Lincoln: "You can please all of the stakeholders some of the time, and some of the stakeholders all...

Enterprise Architecture Key Activities

enterprise architecture activities

enterprise architecture activities Enterprise Architecture is really straightforward if you have a decent model to explain it. Without a decent model, everyone starts arguing. Back in 1989, the FEAF (Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework) defined a...

TOGAF Skills Framework

The Enterprise Architecture TOGAF framework has its critics, but they (and some of the supporters) typically overlook the point of TOGAF - it is not a step-by-step enterprise architecture guide, but rather a set of tools embodying best EA practices....

Digital Transformations

enterprise architecture and digital transformation

enterprise architecture and digital transformation Digital transformation remains an intriguing topic as the meeting of new client preferences and expectations, and the rising number of touchpoints drives technology and business decision-making more...

TOGAF Pitfalls

Top 10 Most Common TOGAF Pitfalls. First off, TOGAF 9.1 is very valuable and powerful tool for enterprise architecture and overall enterprise architecture management. That being said, we see more and more people expecting too much from TOGAF 9.1 or...

Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models

enterprise architecture maturity models

enterprise architecture maturity models All You Need to Know About Enterprise Architecture Maturity Models Companies that can manage transformation effectively are usually more successful than those that cannot. Numerous companies are aware that they...

Enterprise Architecture Involvement Overview

Enterprise Architecture Involvement Matrix

Enterprise Architecture Involvement Matrix What does the involvement matrix for Enterprise architecture look like? Who interacts with enterprise architecture, what different roles does Enterprise Architecture perform? In general the EA roles should be...

Metrics for Enterprise Architecture

enterprise architecture performance metrics

enterprise architecture performance metrics Enterprise architecture is still relatively new and continuously rising. There are only a few companies today that can effectively measure their Enterprise Architecture program with metrics. You will discover...

Use DoDAF and TOGAF

In today's competing environment, government agencies, as well as private companies, are in great need to learn how to balance their priorities, adjust existing investments and use their resources to accomplish their business strategy. This was and...

Enterprise Architecture Management

Enterprise Architecture Management

Enterprise Architecture Management Most organizations have a dedicated Enterprise Architecture department that supervises the whole systems architecture. This involves overseeing IT infrastructure and business processes, as well as establishing...

Capability Based Planning

Typically, business architectures are fairly complicated and focus on the fundamental parts of the system as well as standards underlying these fundamentals. These fundamentals usually consist of Capabilities, Process and People. The realization of...

Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps

Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps

Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps Does your plan for a digital business look similar to this? - Dispose of inflexible infrastructure - Clean up existing IT mess - Move to the Cloud - Encourage Digital Transformation The way to achieve all these things...

TOGAF Overview

TOGAF is an EA Framework really an EA tool with a step-by-step procedure for development of enterprise architecture. The tool can be downloaded for free from the Open Group website. TOGAF Goals TOGAF has become a standard in enterprise architecture...

Traditional Enterprise Architecture Tools

traditional enterprise architecture tools

traditional enterprise architecture tools Traditional Software Tools for Enterprise Architecture EA Tools are essential for development, presentation and improvement of enterprise architecture strategies, we decided to present the traditional EA tools...

TOGAF 9 and TOGAF 9.1 - What Changed

TOGAF 9.1 has been one of the standard tools for EA in the last 5 years. Over 400 comments were addressed and 450 improvements were made to TOGAF 9 resulting in TOGAF 9.1 version. The 9.1 release is completely compatible with TOGAF 9 certification and...

Enterprise Architecture and Solution Architecture

Enterprise Architecture and Solution Architecture

Enterprise Architecture and Solution Architecture In the last couple of years, there has been a lot of debate about Enterprise Architecture. What Enterprise Architects do, why it's important and how it is different from Solution Architecture (SA) are...

TOGAF and Archimate

TOGAF and ArchiMate, if used together, can make the life of an Enterprise Architect a lot easier. But how exactly are these enterprise architecture tools connected other than both being the products of OpenGroup? Basics TOGAF and ArchiMate are open...

5 Reasons Why EA Initiatives Fail

Reasons Enterprise Architecture Initiatives Fail

Reasons Enterprise Architecture Initiatives Fail According to recent reports, 66 percent of Enterprise Architecture initiatives fail. But why? In the last couple of years, there has been a lot of debate, expert opinions, and written contributions on...

TOGAF vs. Zachman

In this article, we will compare the differences and similarities of Zachman Framework and the TOGAF Framework (The Open Group Architecture Framework). A quick intro to Zachman and TOGAF The Zachman Framework is based on the idea that the same complex...

Top 5 Trades for Enterprise Architects

Top Skills for Enterprise Architects

Top Skills for Enterprise Architects So what would be the top 5 trades of an enterprise architect. This can also be explained what it takes to be successful as an EA. Below is our top 5 list, in random order. Strong Communicator As an EA has to...

5 Mistakes In Promoting TOGAF

The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is often described as a cure for all enterprise hardships, as a miracle for IT development, and the complete solution for reducing costs and simplifying infrastructures. This reminds us of a story behind...

Business Architecture inside TOGAF

TOGAF doesn't explicitly include Business Capability as part of the Business Architecture phase, it does recognize capabilities within an architectural context. TOGAF includeS Functional Decomposition which is described as: "The purpose of the...

How to Apply TOGAF practically

A recurring theme from people trying to get started with TOGAF. It is also a pretty big question. I can share some of my recommendations and maybe some of these you can consider for your own practice. First of all the biggest mistake with getting...

Enterprise Architecture Trends for 2016

Enterprise Architecture Trends 2016

Enterprise Architecture Trends 2016 Digital business is changing business models, value exchange and relationships between people, companies, and things. Enterprise architects need to understand the technology trends in order to drive the change and...

Getting started with TOGAF - Step 2

Here is a second post in a series of posts which I share my personal experience of implementing and using TOGAF across many different organization both private and public sector. But please note the content in these posts simply reflect my personal,...

Getting started with TOGAF - Step 1

A short series of posts to help you get started with TOGAF. I have been using TOGAF since version 7 and have implemented TOGAF across many different organization both private and public sector. But please note the content in these posts simply reflect...

TOGAF and Solution Architectute?

EA TOGAF and Solution architecture

EA TOGAF and Solution architecture The original context for TOGAF is for EA and EA projects. But what about Solution Architecture projects or Integration Architecture projects? Why not leverage the TOGAF ADM for those cycles as well? As you can...

Application Portfolio Management

Enterprise Architecture Application Portfolio Management

Enterprise Architecture Application Portfolio Management This topic is about application portfolio management (APM). Sharing some real-life practical EA activities I encounter at my clients. I will also touch lightly on TOGAF's Architecture Building...

TOGAF EA Software - what to look for

We have been involved with enterprise architecture using TOGAF for more than 10 years. We also have worked with many different TOGAF software vendors in the past and implemented those different TOGAF software products. I want to share a few bullets...

Capability vs. Process vs. Service

EA Capability vs. Process vs. Service

EA Capability vs. Process vs. Service We are currently engaged with a customer (Insurance) that right in the middle of an ITSM rollout and also further increasing the adoption of TOGAF. So this means we need to marry the frameworks and align on terms....


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