Re-thinking Enterprise Architecture Using Systems and Complexity Approaches

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Sally Bean


This article looks at the issues currently confronting enterprise architects and the challenges posed when extending EA to be the architecture of the enterprise rather than just its information technology. It describes the contribution that Systems Practice and other disciplines can make to Enterprise Architecture (EA), and considers how the Cynefin sense-making framework can be used to help indicate which are the most appropriate types of approach.

About the author

Sally Bean is an independent Enterprise Architecture consultant. She advises large organizations in the private and public sector on how to develop their EA capability and embed EA approaches into their ways of working. She has over 15 years‟ experience in the field, with 10 years as a member of the EA team in British Airways. Here she championed many successful initiatives to exploit technology and share data and applications more effectively across the organization. She also worked on the early stages of the Terminal 5 project and led a successful Architecture Community of Practice. She is particularly interested in systems thinking and complexity approaches and their applicability to EA.


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