LEA suggest a different direction to thinks about EA from the aspect of scientific and holistic rather than IT or Business. EA is a holistic Architecture approach which enable every one in an organization to see the whole and know there enterprise. The scientific and engineering community have been trained to know the parts with seeing the whole. However, they have encountered significant limitation on explaining nature phenomenon and the organic world. Modern physics have evolved under the holistic inspiration. LEA follow the suit of holistic inspiration to see the whole, adopting to change and incorporating social field theory in enterprise culture.
THE LEA CONCEPT
LEA define EA as an holistic architecture approach
The holistic architecture approach is adaptive to change. An organization is organic living thing it is futile to architect the enterprise mechanically by designing an enterprise architecture blueprint. LEA is an adaptive architecture approach which establish the enterprise wide notional architecture to see the whole, and adapt to change via segment architecture to close performance gaps due to the constant change.
The holistic architecture is not only for Information Technology. It is a method to architect the organic business architecture and collaborative culture.
See the whole via Enterprise Map,
know the whole via Notional EA,
Adopting to change via Segment EA
Total participation via Daily EA.
A TANGIBLE AND ADAPTIVE EA METHOD
Light Enterprise Architecture address the following major Enterprise Architecture bottleneck.
1. The stealth and invisible Enterprise Architecture.
2. The architecture blueprint become obsolete before the ink dry
Zachman framework represent the holistic approach to architect from the aspect of Why, What, How, Who, Where and When in contrast to the stovepipe solution architecture. However, Enterprise is organic, the Zachman framework represent the mechanical whole without address the holistic nature of field theory and time and space, and coherence. LEA complete the holistic model with Wu-Xing from the Chines holistic culture.
A light EA to render EA on the Enterprise Map
Enterprise Map sample
Take traditional Architecture drawing approach to communicate with stakeholders
Light EA leverage on traditional architecture drawing approach to communicate with stakeholders rather than fly-by presentations, complicate computer model and heavy volumes of documents.
EA in complicate computer model and heavy documents does not serve well for total participation. LEA adapt the traditional architecture drawing technique to communicate with stakeholders. EA is not convincing to stakeholders without visible products, people have difficult time to accept the invisible EA. A set of EA architecture drawing enable stakeholders to visualize EA as showing in the following picture. Despite the rapid evolution of technology, human have not biologically evolved.
Architecture Drawing in hard copy
Architecture Drawing in soft copy
Adopting to change in organic Enterprise
LEA suggest a 3×3 architecture method in adopting to change. Instead of limited in the vertical concept of top down or bottom up in stovepipe solution, the Enterprise Architects design enterprise in vertical, horizontal and Circular direction. In adopting to change, Enterprise Architect take a three tier EA approach instead of a big bang as shown in the following figure.
Solution architecture support simple system for a special set of requirement based on top down architecture theory to align technology with business need. EA architect the complex adaptive system of an organic enterprise vertical, horizontal and networking architecture theory as shown in the following figure.
Instead of a big bang approach to design the enterprise IT blueprint, the Adaptive IT architecture is a three tier approach to adopt change the constant change. The strategy is to adopt the constant change with the parts that does not change. Although the world change constantly, there are some part change rapidly and some part change gradually. There are relatively static part of the enterprise on the very high level enterprise vision and in the low level of enterprise building blocks as shown in the following figure. There are also the rapid change layer of the enterprise to win the edge of competition. It is analogy to the water flow in the river. The industry has initiated enterprise architecture to plan for the holistic and high architecture; Segment architecture to elaborate the high level enterprise architecture based to close business gaps; Solution architecture to answer the business owner specific needs and service oriented architecture to enable agility. Each architecture type serves the different purpose. But it work coherently to deliver the value of architecture to the right people in the right place at the right time.
LEA adapt the holistic architecture approach to facilitate enterprise culture. It incorporate the enterprise field concept by considering knowledge, communication, collaboration as the fields of the enterprise similar to fields of gravity, energy, electronic and magnetic.
It is an holistic architecture approach. EA as an holistic architecture approach is not only for IT community but also as for the business community.
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