The Importance of Formal Documentation In Enterprise Architectures

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Scott Bernard


While Enterprise Architecture (EA) continues to move forward in its recognition as a meta-approach to understanding and documenting enterprises of various types in all dimensions (strategic, business, and technology). This article discusses the elements of a complete approach to EA, focusing on the documentation element. Examples of EA documentation from the EA3 ‘Cube’ approach are presented to show how various types of models and other artifacts are needed to fully cover the associated EA framework. Two new types of composite artifacts are also introduced – the ‘storyboard’ that shows all aspects of a service or process, and a ‘horse blanket’ that holistically depicts an enterprise-wide architecture. The article concludes with a call for more standards for EA documentation and more advanced types of EA models.

Journal of Enterprise Architecture

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