The Light Enterprise Architecture suggest a tangible and the holistic architecture approach based on following concept.
THE LEA CONCEPT
EA is a paradigm shift from the engineering and scientific paradigm to incorporate holism
Enterprise Architecture is an approach to integrate the atomistic philosophy of engineering and scientific philosophy with the holistic philosophy. It enable common people to know the parts and see the whole. Without EA, most people only see the parts they have touched without see the whole. EA is also the effort to architect the enterprise, it was oriented in the information age for the IT community as the ITEA. However, the integration of atomistic and holistic philosophy is not only limited in IT, it also greatly benefit the business comunity as the Business EA and the organization culture as the Culture EA.
Zachman framework represent the integration of engineering and holistic philosophy
Zachman framework represent the philosophy to integrate engineering and holistic philosophy. EA community has adapted the Zachman framework as a holistic thinking tool to conduct engineering analysis from the holistic aspects o why, f what, how, who, where, when. From the different views of planner, owner, designer and developer. Solution architects have focused on the aspect of how for process automation from the designer’s point of View.
THE LEA INNOVATION
LEA is an innovative Enterprise Architecture approach to
- Tangible enterprise architecture
- Define enterprise explicitly
- Integrate the atomistic philosophy and the holistic philosophy to know the tree and see the forest,
- Architect adaptive enterprise IT.
- Architect Enterprise Business.
- Architect Enterprise Culture
As explained in the following paragraphs
A tangible EA approach
LEA adapt the traditional architecture drawing which have served as the most efficient architecture information container to communicate with stake holders as shown in the following picture.
EA does not really qualify as EA without knowing “what is enterprise?”
Although there are many enterprise architecture methods. For example EAP, FEA, TOGAF, DODAF and many others. They have focused on the architecture method without clear definition of “Enterprise”. As a result, EA has been considered as nothing new but large scale solution architecture without unique vale. LEA dedication special effort to define and visualize enterprise with the enterprise map.
What is Enterprise?
The word of “Enterprise” is very abstract and subject to various interpretation. Enterprise Architecture is frequently interpreted as business related undertaken because it is defined as
LEA develop the Enterprise Map for every one to visualize “what is the enterprise?”
ARCHITECT THE ENTERPRISE FROM THE ASPECT OF TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS AND CULTURE
Instead of limiting EA as an IT initiative, LEA apply the atomistic and holistic architecture approach to architect the Enterprise from the aspect of
- Business EA,
- and Culture EA.
An Enterprise is organic and it is composed of Business, Culture and Technology. It is incomplete architect the enterprise only from the aspect of IT. Although EA has been very IT oriented withing the IT community, the integration of atomistic and holistic philosophy to integrate the left/right brain can greatly benefit the Business community to win the competitive edge. Beside of the mechanic of Business and Technology, the organic Enterprise also consist The “Enterprise Culture- the filed of Organic Enterprise.
The Adaptive IT EA approach
Enterprise is organic which change constantly, It is futile to EA in a big bang approach. LEA propose an 3×3 adaptive EA approach in the following figure.
EA to architecture Enterprise Business
Business EA is to architect the enterprise business in an Enterprise Architecture approach. it is a holistic architecture analysis using the Zachman framework as a thinking tool. It does not only analyze the Enterprise Business structure model but also the the enterprise influence model because Business community making business decision based on the business influence model rather based on the the business structure model. It also incorporate the concept of coherence by adapting the ideal of “Managment” means “Coherence seeking”
Integrate the atomistic and holistic philosophy
As a conceptual change from stovepipe method to the holistic approach, John Zachman have observed the popular Zachman framework as the foundation of EA to describe mechanical system such as airplane from the whole. However, Enterprise is organic where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. LEA introduce an organic whole framework based on the the concept of Wu-Xing in the holistic philosophy from ancient China as shown in the following figure.
EA to architecture Enterprise culture
Culture EA is to architect the enterprise culture in an Enterprise Architecture approach. Culture is considered as the fields of the enterprise. “In the twentieth century, the atomic model has undergone major supplementation and transformation. Fields were added to the particle model and particles and fields have become aspects of a perplexing physical reality. The straightforward mechanical causality that was part of the earlier atomic model was replaced by indeterminacy and statistical causality in quantum theory.” Val Dusek in Holistic Inspiration of Physics . The culture EA is a holistic architecture analysis using Zachman framework as a thinking tool by adapting the social field theory to architect the enterprise field of communication, knowledge, collaboration and security.
THE SUBDIVISION OF EA PROFESSION
In principle Enterprise Architecture is an engineering and holistic architecture method to architect the organic enterprise. However, in practice, the EA profession, similar to the other disciplines, can be further subdivide into:
- IT EA
- Business EA
- Culture EA
The IT Enterprise Architect
IT Enterprise Architect is the Enterprise Architect specialized in IT.
The Business Enterprise Architect
Business Enterprise Architect is the Enterprise Architect specialized in Business.
The Culture Enterprise Architect
Culture Enterprise Architect is the Enterprise Architect specialized in Culture.