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An Enterprise Architecture Development Framework 3rd Edition

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I don’t like buying the same thing twice. On first inspection one might think that was what one was doing. This new edition of a book we’ve already reviewed will look familiar to those who have the previous volume; even the number of pages in each section is similar.

I’m also suspicious of later releases that are substantially bigger than the original work; the previous edition weighs in at 220+ pages while this work has stacked on another 130 pages. Which you would think is a bit of a warning sign, but it wears it surprisingly well. I didn’t feel like it was that much of an imposition. In fact, its a feature of the book how already succinct sections have actually been trimmed even further allowing more room for the expansion of the important stuff.

While maintaining the orientation of the original work Grigoriu has addressed the short comings of the previous edition. His framework is now much more securely seated in the foundations of Zachman and Spewak without losing that business process and organizational focus that made the original work  stand out.  Something that’s not easy to achieve.

While the book takes a cursory look at the usual framework suspects it does so mainly to establish its own credentials. The bulk of the new material is not surprisingly an elaboration of Function, Flow Layer and Views (FFLV) Framework and the result is coming of age, a framework that can punch it out with the best of them! The bar has been raised and if you’re not one of the TOGAF mind slaves the FFLV has to be a serious contender. Accept its business process focus and use something else for the more abstract end of business strategy, but for the mechanics of execution this could be it.

I think it’s fair to say that this is the book that Grigoriu always wanted to write and that its production has been a bit of a journey, but the best things always take time. I criticized the previous edition for not being as complete as it should have been, well that’s been answered and while nothing is ever perfect I found myself thinking I’ve got to get a copy of this!

This is not a book for managers. This is a book for architects. It’s a good set of alternative views in an alarmingly increasingly monoclonal world. This book will extend most architects’ horizons, experienced or novice and is a worthy successor to the previous edition. It’s time to upgrade your library. This could be the “little black book of EA”.

Grigoriu, Adrian (2009), An Enterprise Architecture Development Framework 3rd Edition , Trafford Publishing, Victoria, British Columbia.

ISBN 141208665-5

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TOGAF The Open Group Architecture Framework 100 Success Secrets

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When you read a book where do you start? I always start at the back, the back cover to be precise. There was a certain familiar ring to what I read on this occasion. See if you can pick it? “There has never been a TOGAF Guide like this. 100 Success Secrets is not about the ins and outs of TOGAF. Instead, it answers the top 100 questions that we were asked and those we came across in forums, …”

Almost instantly I dived for my copy of Enterprise Architecture 100 Success Secrets, and there on the back cover it was. “There has never been an Enterprise Architecture manual like this. 100 Success Secrets is not about the ins and outs of Enterprise Architecture.” At this point they removed a blank line to make it a little less obvious and continued. “Instead, it answers the top 100 questions that we were asked and those we came across in forums, …”

Same author I thought, Gerard Blokdijk and Boyce Raynard, apparently not. Same publisher I thought, hard to tell, I couldn’t find the accreditation. I’d suggest that one of these gentlemen should be acknowledging the other or that possibly they are the same person. But, I don’t know why one might expect that from someone with such a cavalier attitude to IP and copyright. Interestingly, page 11 in both volumes is blank, same manuscript perhaps?

I’ve had my say about EA 100 Sucks Secrets and it applies equally to this con job. With one addition, typically I don’t like to criticize the quality of language in a book, after all many works are translated and many of the best EA writers are not native English speakers. Besides its banal content, this is without doubt the most appallingly written EA book I have come across. I’m left with the distinct impression that it was written by someone whose command of English leaves something to be desired, like someone else to do the writing. Grammatically challenged and logically incoherent. I suspect each topic is restricted to about a page to limit the amount of damage it can do.

I could go on about why would one have a section on Enterprise Architect 6.1, 6.5 and 7.0 as well as sections about downloading it?  Or ask why is there a section dedicated to the difference between a CV and a Resume?  But,  I can’t be bothered shredding this rubbish.  But, that’s just my opinion.

At this point I usually give the ISBN and publisher details, but it’s really not worth the effort.

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