Do you live by principles

Posted on 30/10/2012. Filed under: Enterprise Architecture |

We all do live by principles. I shall not lie, steal, kill etc.

This drives your behaviour each day and the choices you make.

Well, why don’t you apply principles to your profession?

Let’s look at what are some sample Enterprise Architecture Principles.

According to the 4 architecture domains in TOGAF principles can be defined for either:

  • Business
  • Data
  • Application
  • Technology

What is a good example of a principle?

Here is a practical Data principle used recently on one of our bigger clients.

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PRINCIPLE 3: DATA IS AN BUSINESS ASSET

Statement:

Data is an asset with real tangible value to business .

Rationale:

Data is the source of information upon which business makes decisions. These decisions have tangible and measurable value to the enterprise .

Implications:

Data is owned by the business and not by any system or information technology vendor.

To realize the value of data a consolidated unified view is required by the business. This will prevent having data silos due to multiple transactional systems.

Data must be accessible and available to business for it to become an asset.

Data requires stewards to ensure its viability, correctness and accuracy is constantly improved. Stewards must have the authority and means to manage the data for which they are accountable.

The time to deliver data to the business as an asset needs to be constantly improved upon .

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What principles do you employ \ encourage in your business?

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