What is not Enterprise Architecture
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Sometimes there is a need to prove something by a corollary. For a seemingly nebulous concept like Enterprise Architecture, I found it was easy to say what it is not in popular terms.
Huh? So its not about developing Software?
I thought we said its not technical architecture! No – its not about software development in the traditional sense. EA deals with more than technology. It gives a higher picture than just technical artifacts like a UML diagram for a Software application. A software application is just one of the assets in the enterprise that is represented in the bigger picture.
Disclaimer: Commercially available tools in the market have blurred the lines between EA and Modeling by offering UML and Class diagrams as part of EA tools. So, you wouldn't use a EA tool to draw a UML and generate Java code from it. There are specialized tools available for that kind of activity.
Putting it simply: EA is used for communicating via Powerpoint and not Java classes.IBM Innovate 2011 where you can see Rational System Architect in action. On Aug 09th - if you are at VoiCE - you can see some cool new features that are still hot on the developers laptop and some day make it in to the product. This is a opportunity for you - the customer - to influence the direction of the new research features. You can hobnob with the product development developers and the architects and bounce off your ideas - that can make it in to a future version of the product. So, don't just file that APAR or a RFE - come talk to the guys and gals that actually fix them!