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Control over Architecture

1.) Strategic Positioning

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What should your ideal business look like relative to it's surrounding environments?

2.) Mile-Wide Inch-Deep & Increased Scope

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This concept represents content of very little detail of the twenty-four architectural components across the entire value chain of an organisation.

3.) Components Described by 24 Architecture Elements


4.) Definition of Architecture

Architecture implies the use of modelling tools and repositories with viewpoint capabilities and powerful extraction mechanisms. The content has to be online and accessible. Thus Architecture is to have the correct permutation of components in your solution to serve your requirements, at a specific point in time and ensure the longevity of the components. Each component must have:

  • The correct scope (Correct start and end of components)

  • The correct content (Things that have to be components of the building blocks  must be included, others must be excluded)

  • The correct context (Components must be associated with one another in the most natural way)

  • Components are potentially described by twenty-four architectural elements

(eight facets of the pyramid times three architectural levels).

5.) Benefits out of Control over Architecture

What value does it add to have control over Enterprise Architecture?


  • Enables understanding of the context of business activities by providing one common overview model of your own business.

  • Impact prediction and quantification.

  • Explicit focus on strategic priorities to ensure fast paths for getting quick business results.

  • Making the “invisible” visible and manageable. Helps to better understand the business.

  • Defines the business’ processes, needs and relationships,

  • Well-represented rules to minimise the risk of failure of business and change utilisation.

  • The intelligent scanning of the external environment and the controlled alignment of the internal environments with it.

  • Providing a “common language” for change management and taking quick control over business-wide change management.

  • Enables you to contain the effect of business change; to accurately deliver business change and to affect it in a controlled manner.

  • Configuration management is implicit.

  • Business system re-development and maintenance are totally optimised.

  • Ensures natural boundaries between business processes. This implies the most optimal organisation structure with the most economical execution of business. It reduces redundancy, unnecessary overlap, unnatural gaps and chasms between components of business and systems, as well as ensures a seamless integration.

  • Enables one to spend quality time and focus on one’s own business area.

  • Provides a foundation on which to apply appropriate technologies.

  • Aligns opinions and understanding of business domain experts.

  • Ensures integrated solutions.

  • Required to scope and prioritise projects.

  • Build and maintain a repository for:

    • Business model and value chain.

    • Processes.

    • Information value chain and navigation.

    • Impact analysis.

    • All models.

    • Data warehouse.

    • Objects.

    • Technologies used.

    • Etc.

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