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How to model data (pt. 3) – applications and physical data models

In the previous articles of this series, we looked at the major questions that will be answered when data modeling, and had a look at how to create conceptual and logical data models (part 1). We then looked at how logical data will be used in other models, such as processes or application landscapes. We […]

Episode 5 - Notations, notations, notations

Episode 5 – Notations, notations, notations

Welcome to episode 5 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. Today we are talking about: Definitions: Frameworks (structures), Methods (processes), Notations (languages), Reference Content (content) How to implement these? This is part of the Technical Governance implementation phase; write it down in your EA Strategy document Document your standards. When and how to change the […]

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How to model data (pt. 1) – why should I care and what are we talking about?

Data models are some of the things that I have seen the least often in projects over the last two decades. Why is that? Is it because it is too geeky, or not interesting enough compared to, say, a process model in BPMN? This is the first article of a series that talks about data […]

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Episode 4 – Selecting an architecture tool

Welcome to episode 4 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. We are talking about: Types of architecture tools: drawing tools, implementation front ends, database-driven architecture tools How users see things: data-driven visualization vs. visualization-driven data (tables vs diagrams) Focus of architecture tools > niche vendors – your stakeholder needs drive the focus What to look […]

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Episode 3 – Implement your Architecture Tool

Welcome to episode 3 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. The topic of this episode is how to implement your architecture tool(s). We are talking about:  What do people look for when buying an architecture tool? What is the end perspective on the architecture tool implementation? The importance of personas and the value proposition for […]

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Episode 2 – Why EA and BPM?

Welcome to episode 2 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. In this episode we are talking why architecture (“Why EA & BPM?”) and why these two topics might not be even different, but rather be the two sides of  the same coin. We are discussing the following topics: Terminology Four phases of process management History […]

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Episode 1 – Welcome to the Podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. We’re glad that you join us! In this episode we are talking about us -your hosts Roland Woldt and J-M Erlendson– and our journeys in enterprise architecture and business process management, so that you get familiar with our voices and background.  It also covers […]

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Big announcement – we’re starting a podcast!

Today I am happy to announce that we are starting a complimentary podcast to this blog. The topics will, obviously, cover Enterprise Architecture and Business Process Management, but also touch related disciplines, such as Project Management and (Agile) Delivery Methods. You also might have read the “we” in the headline and first paragraph, which means […]

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How to set up the Technical Governance – part 3: creating the architecture method configuration

After doing the “hard work” of figuring out what shall be captured and visualized in your architecture tool – manifested in the data model and meta model – it is now time to do the actual architecture method configuration of the tool. For this purpose I will describe this for ARIS. Your chosen tool might […]

How to set up the Technical Governance – part 2: meta model

After creating the data models that are relevant for your technical governance, we will have a look at the meta model in this article. You will see the entities “come alive” in this activity, and the conversations with your stakeholders become less abstract and more “hands-on”. What is a meta model? While the data model […]

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How to set up the Technical Governance – part 1: data models

Defining the Technical Governance as part of your implementation seems to be a quick exercise – why should you create data models and a meta model when configuring the method in your architecture tool? Isn’t that an effort that one can save and just run a report that spits out the details of the configuration […]

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Solution/Process Lifecycle – Architecture is more than “draw it and forget it”

Some organizations and also methods, such as Lean or Six Sigma, have a focus on improving a single process with a well defined scope, while others take a wider, more holistic approach to processes and process improvement. This has an impact on how things are approached, where to spend time and focus on, and to […]