Category: Resources

Buyers Kit – How to use reference calls in your tool decision?

Do reference calls really work? This is the last in a three (3) part series discussing a Buyer’s Guide to help select the right Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) tool for your organization. Enterprise Architects have a wide range of stakeholders needs to satisfy in selecting an Enterprise Architecture Management tool (EAMS).  Stakeholders are unsure whether […]

CIO Review spotlights smart360

CIO Review featured smart360 among the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Architecture Technology Providers – 2016! The role of Enterprise Architecture (EA) has steadily grown over the last two decades. Although, many EA teams operate as part of their IT departments, others are taking a more active approach in strategic planning, investment, and transformation at the enterprise-level. […]

5 Steps to Ensure a Successful Enterprise Architecture Management Tool Adoption

This is the last in a three (3) part series discussing a Buyer’s Guide to help select the right Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) tool for your organization. Once you purchase and install your tool, you still need to ensure your EA organization and relevant stakeholders adopt it to realize its myriad of benefits. Tool adoptions […]

An Enterprise Architecture Tool for Your Business – Part Two

An Enterprise Architecture Tool for Your Business – Part Two : Every EA demo is different Use this Enterprise Architecture demo checklist. Regardless of the path the salesperson or product engineer takes, you need to make sure the tool supports your functional needs and stakeholder use cases (link to prior blog). Here is the list […]

If in doubt leave it out – 10 Golden Rules for Enterprise Architecture

Distilled from many Enterprise Architecture Consulting engagements Karsten Voges published 10 rules for Enterprise Architecture Practitioners to guide your modeling efforts: If in doubt, leave it out: if you are uncertain that you need data – leave it out, it simplifies your initiative in the long run; Model to the highest level of abstraction, that still gives […]

Typical EA Questions and SMART EA Reports

As complexity of IT landscapes increases, the speed of changes is increasing and information for decisions becoming more important, the need and interest in Enterprise Architecture (EA) and tooling/reports/visualization in EA is becoming immanent. To help with convincing business about the benefits of an EA Tool, we created a slidedeck with questions/concerns you as an […]

New features of iteraplan 3.1

With iteraplan 3.2 just out a few weeks this post recaps all the changes in iteraplan 3.1 and how to leverage them the best. Blogseries on new features iteraplan 3.1: The EA at ACME Inc and Reporting series highlighting the new dashboard templates (by Wolfgang Frech) Life-Cycle modeling with DateIntervals and the improved Masterplan Diagram […]

EA Key Success Factors

Through many different consulting gigs and seeing different EA initiatives, these are my distilled EA Key Success Factors: Start with why Tell a story Know your stakeholders If in doubt, leave it out Use Visualizations WIIFT – What’s in it for them? Always think about the Benefits of your Stakeholders Business and your other stakeholders […]

What your EA Stakeholders do not care about

This is a list of things your EA Stakeholders do not care about. I always have to retell myself as well as tell clients: Business doesn’t care how clean your IT architecture is. Your stakeholders don’t care how long you spent on creating a report/diagram. Your stakeholders don’t care whose fault the problems are. Your […]