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It’s pretty clear that ‘Enterprise Architecture’ and ‘Enterprise Architect’ is considerably more than one role.

As such the practice of EA isn’t very efficient because it is a ‘jack of multiple disciplines and master of none’. Naturally specialisms will occur to make up for inefficiencies and will then continue to adapt and evolve. During this process I can also see a consensus on what these new roles will be called and a broad definition and responsibilities, this will occur as we try to find people to fill these role.

TOGAF has had a pretty good go at this already and I have to say it’s pretty darn good and detailed enough to do something with.

But before I discovered TOGAF I decided to have a crack at it myself and this is what I came up with ...

  • Leader – The Figure-Head, PR Purposes.

  • Planner – Project Management skills

  • Approver – This is the owner and stake-holders, the people that sign-off

  • Technology/Application Stream roles

    • Security Architect

    • Application Architect

    • Infrastructure Architect

    • Enterprise Information Architect / Business Intelligence

  • Data Modeller

  • Business Process Architect

The message I want to get across is ... that these roles can have processes underneath them but by their nature I can’t see them being process driven they will depend on a high degree of specialised skills so we are talking about a high degree of practice. This is why I’m coming even more to the conclusion that EA is a set of practices which action individual pre-made process that automate laboriousness and/or reduce error and increase efficiency but on the whole its a bunch of humans making decision.

What do you think? 

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:41 PM Main , Technical Architecture , Enterprise Architecture | Back to top

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Absolutely - doesn't it look just like a project, albeit over a long time span, but a project none the less. An architect is only wanted when there is a development - arguably, a bit before its built - job done. So a really good architect trying to make themselves redundant! They are a business overhead. Imagine, you've fully automated the business; why are you needed....
Left by Markk on Nov 30, 2007 8:19 PM

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