EA Principles – a way to overcome complexity and create simplicity?
This month Eskil Swende starts a new column on EA Principles. He will discuss a number of hypotheses how to overcome complexity and create simplicity.
Our enterprises evolve continuously. As a result, their structures are transformed and extended continuously. Without control such changes are bound to lead to an overly complex and uncoordinated environment. Such a structure is hard to manage and may resist future changes in the desired direction.
Enterprise Architecture (EA) aims to proactively manage and share this structure. One main purpose of EA is to simplify the structure to make the enterprise agile and prepared for change and transformation. The other main purpose of EA is to simplify the IT solutions and the system architecture.
A number of Architecture Principles may form the cornerstone of EA. These principles provide a means to direct a successful transformation of the enterprise and achieve simplicity beyond the complexity.
A large number of global experts have been visiting us in Sweden and generously shared their knowledge and experience contributing to these EA Principles. Among them are Michael Brackett, Chris Bradley, Malcolm Chisholm, Steve Conway, Larry English, Thomas Erl, Danny Greefhorst, Steve Hoberman, Dirk Krafzig, Rick van der Lans, Stuart MacGregor, Jan Henderyckx, Dave McComb, Daniel Moody, Alexander Osterwalder, David Robertson, Jaap Schekkerman, Bob Seiner, Len Silverstone, Graeme Simsion and John Zachman.
A special thanks to Len Fehskens and his very inspiring thoughts in “Re-thinking Architecture”.