Business Architecture

Remco Blom

Information Security in the Boardroom

After a recent presentation on “Security is not an IT problem”, which investigated the lacking relations between policies and measures within many organizations, we decided to have a World Cafe to discuss surrounding topics further. We separated the discussion into four topics, and had a debate on each one. In my previous blog in this series, I wrote about the 7 worst practices in Information Security. In this blog, I will present the outcomes of the discussion on Information Security in the Boardroom. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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George Pang

Reference Architecture Models with ArchiMate

In a previous blog by Marc Lankhorst, the value of reference architectures was highlighted, including the why and how. In this blog, I want to dive a little deeper, focusing on the ‘product’ that we (or some of us) are familiar with – the reference model, using ArchiMate as the language.

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Remco Blom

Information Security: What Really Works to Build Awareness

One of our core values at BiZZdesign is sharing knowledge and best practices. That’s why we regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences, and round tables. After a presentation entitled “Security is not an IT problem”, which illustrated the often lacking connection between policies and measures within organizations, we decided to have a World Cafe to discuss a number of topics surrounding this. The last blog post in the series tackled the question of how to communicate about information security. In this blog post, I will present the outcome of a debate on what really works to build information security awareness? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Boudewijn Meyboom

How to Save Time Automating Repetitive Tasks in Enterprise Studio

With the release of Enterprise Studio, the BiZZdesign tools have become a lot more powerful in automating and scheduling tasks. For a long time now, the BiZZdesign products have had the ability to run analyses and to automate repetitive tasks. This is done by using our own scripting language, which is specifically adapted to a working with (architecture) models. Read more

Marc Lankhorst

The Biggest Problem with “Going to the Cloud” and how to Solve it.

There seems to be a lot of hype recently among CxO’s around ‘Going to the cloud’. Since its potential is so widely acknowledged and advertised and its opportunities seem endless, digitization of the organization is the New Normal. But what exactly does this digitization involve? And, more importantly, can we exploit all its potential? Read more

Remco Blom

Information Security: 7 Communication Tips to Involve Your Business

Earlier this month, I wrote the first blog post in a series based on a World Cafe discussion we had around the lacking relations between policies and measures in many organizations. The discussion took place in the form of 4 debate rounds. In the previous blog post, I presented Information Security as a necessity of life. There is no doubt that Information Security is a very important topic for most organizations, but during the debate, many participants were uncertain as to whether, and how to communicate to the rest of the company about it. In this blog post, I will present the conclusions of this discussion.

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Maher Dara

Application Portfolio Management for Beginners with SMART

Everybody is familiar with the SMART abbreviation. It stand for Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic and Time bounded. But this blog is not about that kind of SMART. In this blog I will discuss how to apply another type of SMART within the context of Enterprise portfolio management.

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Remco Blom

Information Security: A Necessity of Life

One of our core values at BiZZdesign is sharing knowledge and best practices. We regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences, and round tables. After a recent presentation entitled “Security is not an IT problem”, which illustrated the often lacking connection between policies and measures within organizations, we decided to have a World Cafe. In this blog post, I will present the findings of one of the debates we had, based around the importance of Information Security. Feel free to check out my last post in this series: From Security Architecture to a Secure Architecture.

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Remco Blom

From Security Architecture to a Secure Architecture

Sharing knowledge and good practices is one of our core values at BiZZdesign. We regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences and round table sessions. After one such presentation entitled “Security is not an IT problem”, we organized a World Café to discuss the related topics like security architecture, security controls, and security systems. Please share your good and worst practices by reacting to this blog.

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Maher Dara

Balance Exploitation & Exploration within Your Organization with TOGAF

Do you recognize the continuous balancing of urgent vs. important matters? I am often confronted with urgent matters that need to be resolved quickly such as an escalation within a project, deadlines and engaging in interactions through meetings, e-mails, phone calls and a dozen other channels. On the other hand, I am also often confronted with important matters that are not urgent such as developing my professional skills and working on relationships. Sound familiar? I bet it does. It is perfectly normal to prioritize between urgent and important matters and everybody does it. Organizations face many similar challenges of which one is ambidexterity.

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Ton Baas

Smart Use of Data: How to Design a Supply Chain and Use it Properly

If we look at current IT-trends it is clear that everybody has heard of Big Data. Although there are some known successes (for example US retailer Target which through its extensive data could predict pregnancy faster than the person involved) many companies spend millions (or even billions) of dollars hoarding big data, without using it properly. Read more

Marc LankhorstDavid van Eck

Efficient Collaboration Within Agile Methods

Our ongoing series of blogs about Agile methods offers an in-depth discussion of the method and its impact on an organization. In this blog, we focus on collaboration in agile teams.

Most people think of Scrum when they talk about collaboration within Agile. Scrum has definitely been a major contributing factor that has led to more effective collaboration. Note that we refer to it as just a contributing factor; Scrum has a strong emphasis on the pragmatic aspects, and less on human factors. In this blog, we aim to highlight the connection between both factors within Agile. Read more

Marc Lankhorst

Enterprise Portfolio Management: Getting Started

Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) is the discipline that supports this allocation of investments to various asset categories of the organization, such as capabilities, applications, or infrastructure. EPM helps to create a healthy set of projects and programs that realize strategic goals.

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Marc Lankhorst

Enterprise Portfolio Management: User Perspectives

Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) is the discipline that supports the allocation of investments to various asset categories of the organization, such as capabilities, applications, or infrastructure, EPM helps to create a healthy set projects and programs that realizes strategic goals.    Read more

Marc Lankhorst

Enterprise Portfolio Management: Deciding on Investments

Capital allocation, i.e., deciding on investments, is probably the most important responsibility of the top management of any organization. This is no easy matter. Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and probably the most successful investor of the 20th century, described this in his 1987 letter to shareholdersRead more

Rob Kroese

3 Steps to Define Requirements for Business Rules and Decisions

Imagine you are asked to define business requirements and constraints for a set of business rules as part of the design of a solution. What approach would you use?

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Marc Lankhorst

Business Transformation: Coordinating Enterprise Portfolio Management with Other Disciplines

As outlined in another blog, architecture-based enterprise portfolio management plays a crucial role in an integrated business transformation approach. Portfolio management is responsible for allocating investments to various asset categories and for creating a healthy project and program portfolio mix that realizes the organizational goals. There should be a balance in, for example, the types of projects (development, research, etc.) and long-term and short-term projects.

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Remco Blom

Enterprise Architecture for Decision-Makers: Seven Tips

Most enterprise architects believe that Enterprise Architecture is a relevant discipline for members of the board. However, CxO’s often aren’t really of the same opinion. We believe that is because they do not usually experience the true value of architecture. What can an architect do to improve this? Below we present seven useful tips.

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Marc Lankhorst

Escaping the Jaws of the Project Monster

The other day, while I was musing about the reasons why many large organizations see many of their IT initiatives fail or underachieve, I came up with a rather simple conclusion: ‘project thinking’ is the root cause of these disappointments. Let me explain.  Read more

Remco Blom

“We are different! But are we really different?”

“Many stakeholders consider their organization as unique.” Depending on the level of abstraction you take as viewpoint, you can argue this statement is either right or wrong. It is interesting from an enterprise architecture perspective to understand why stakeholders stress this uniqueness and what are the benefits of understanding where the organization really is different from others. Read more