Showing posts from March, 2007

Making Sense of Enterprise Architecture

There has been a lot of discussions on the meaing of Enterprise Architecture, especially recently with enterprise starting to adopt SOA. Following are a few different definitions of Enterprise Architecture, which are basically based on the context of the conversation.

Enterprise Architecture for the Business:
Typically enterprises have strategic objectives such as increasing the revenue by 20% per year, double the revenue in 5 years, increase the number of customers by 50% in 3 years, etc. Once these strategic objectives are established business needs to develop an actionable plan on how it plans to go about achieving this objective which could also be referred to as the "Enterprise Business Architecture".

Enterprise Architecture for IT:
Enterprise Architecture for IT is basically the bluepring, standards, processes, etc. to enable enterprises in achiving their stated business objectives.

The Enterprise Architecture Team:
This is the team responsible for working closely with k…

A brief history on the creation of SOA Consortium

For those interested following is a brief history on creation of the SOA Consortium

Jan 2005 - BEA launches the effort to establish a SOA Community to focus on accelerate the adoption of SOA, led by Jeff Pendleton, VP Marketing and actively supported by Yogish Pai, the then CTO-IT at BEA.

March 2005 - Intel agrees to joins BEA Systems as a catalyst in establish the SOA Community with both companies taking this message to their respective customer base.

Aug 2005 - First face to face meeting held at BEA Office at Burglington MA attended by a mix of IT Executives, Sr. IT Leadership and Enterprise Architects from 15+ large enterprises. The concensus was that this would have two tracks - one tragetted towards business and other for IT. As all the participants were from IT a concensus was reached that this small team shall start working immediately on some core assets / templates to demonstrate value of such a community. Integration Consortium was also present at this meeting and joined in thi…

Webcast - "SOA: Top 5 Insights from IT Executives"

The SOA Consortium plans to Present Top 5 Insights Learned from Executive Summits Free Webcast to review results of SOA Executive Summit focus group meetings held with FORTUNE 1000 business executives.

In an open webcast on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., executive director of the SOA Consortium, and Brenda Michelson, principal of Elemental Links, will share “The Top 5 Insights” from the Summits. All are welcome to participate in this live webcast with Q&A session.

The open webcast shall be available at

Enterprise Architecture: Current State survey

One of the working group from the Community of Practice of the SOA Consortium is working on the Enterprise Architecture of the Future - identifying the roles, skills, framework, governance, etc. impacting the Archtiecture team due to SOA. The team is currently in the process of understanding the current state and had developed a survey to capture this information. This will take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to complete and the SOA Consortium does plan to publish the findings soon.

SOA Consortium F2F meeting later this monrht

The first SOA Consortium face to face meeting shall be held on March 28th and 29th at La Jolla, CA and registrations are now open.