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Putting Business into Enterprise Architecture

The Cognitive Enterprise: Envisioning the Business of the Enterprise

Enterprise architects, data architects, solution architects and business architects often work at cross-purposes, lacking a coordinated approach to delivering business value. These CIO Insight Article, written with Richard Solely, places business architecture in the broader perspective of enterprise architecture.

Business-Driven IT Decisions and Investments: MBA Paper & Interview with William Ulrich

As business models shift, IT architecture transformation requires a more sophisticated level of architectural understanding. Achieving this goal requires a deeper understanding of the architectural impacts of systems modernization and transformation. This article was first published in 2008 and is the originating source of what has become known as the “rainbow model, herein called the “horseshoe” model.

This MBA paper by Alexandra Curatolo, based on an interview with William Ulrich, discusses shifting from silo-based IT investment models to horizontal investment models, the latter of which are unencumbered by the narrow business perspectives that can derail even the best business strategies. The paper contains a link to the complete audio interview so that readers may gain additional background into how to identify, decipher and address major IT challenges and related investments.

Architecture-Driven Modernization: Transforming the Enterprise By Dr. Vitaly Khusidman, William Ulrich

Integrating Security & Risk Management into the Cognitive Enterprise

The Business Capability Map: The “Rosetta Stone” of Business/IT Alignment

The “cognitive enterprise” describes an organization that learns, adapts and scales on an evolutionary basis, expediting strategy execution and delivering operational optimization on a breakthrough scale. This paper introduces the cognitive enterprise, which calls for rethinking the nature of organizations, how they work and how they evolve. The paper provides insights into how organizations can achieve the cognitive vision.

Business / IT Transformation Resources

This paper, a follow-on to “The Cognitive Enterprise”, discusses the importance of integrating security and risk into the fabric of a business ecosystem as it scales. The paper outlines how business architecture serves as a basis for envisioning security and risk integration across a cognitive enterprise. Note that this paper also offers insights to any organization seeking to deploy security and risk related controls across a business ecosystem, regardless of where that organization is on the cognitive maturity curve.

Business architecture has long been envisioned as being able to inject clarity into the complex business/IT transformation puzzle. This forerunner report, written with Mike Rosen, was published prior to the adoption of formal business architecture principles. It offers an interesting historical perspective on the use of business architecture to drive IT architecture transformation and service-oriented architecture (SOA).