Business-Oriented Enterprise Architecture

by Raymond Bordogna

In 1987, an IBM business systems planning consultant published a seminal paper: A Framework for Information Systems Architecture. Although the article’s focus was on how best to model information systems, the resultant framework was later extended to model an entire business. This extension led to a discipline coined Enterprise Architecture (EA).

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The Fab 5 Enterprise Architecture Model for the Cloud

Fab 5 Model

The value of Enterprise Architecture is that its utility does not diminish with the relentless evolution of information technology. Indeed, it provides an indispensable framework in which to analyze a wide-variety of information-oriented processing systems. For example,

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The Missing Link: Enterprise Architecture

Typically, most organizations link strategy to execution using the following 3 management disciplines and process.

1. Strategic Management

First, executive management defines the strategy. Typically, the business strategy is captured via a collection of the following: vision statement, mission statement, statement of principles, enterprise objectives, core competencies and a strategic plan. Ultimately, strategy is about winning in the competitive marketplace.

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A Ray of Hope for Insurance Providers: A SaaS Evaluation Framework

There are many ways for an insurance provider to approach cloud computing, depending on what problem it’s trying to solve.  Certainly, the cloud computing delivery model is well-suited for technology infrastructure (i.e., IaaS), such as compute, storage and networking services.  For the most part, these infrastructure assets are commodities that are straightforward to economically value and align well with the cloud’s promise of on-demand scalability. 

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