Avolution to present at EAC'08 in Sydney

July 24, 2008

Dr Mark Denford, will co-deliver a presentation titled "Case Study: Avoiding 'Anecdotal Architecture'". Denford will co-present the case study along with Laurence Edge, of Resultex, New Zealand.

Case Study: Avoiding 'Anecdotal Architecture'

"Anecdotal Architecture" describes the situation where the repository for standards and patterns is embodied in the minds of a few key individuals.

This presentation will present a case study of a project undertaken for one of NZ's largest organisations (with a turnover >$1 billion) to review and introduce EA disciplines to control a large and complex IT infrastructure, that included more that 150 key business applications at the commencement of the project. With a long term aim of achieving a dramatic reduction in IT investment and operating costs, the use of architectural modelling techniques to evaluate the myriad of possible alternatives is crucial to the process.

This presentation will briefly cover the tool and Enterprise Modelling (EM) method used to build a model, aspects of the resulting Framework and the structure and connectedness of the Repository. We will also introduce some innovative techniques (including descendant architectures, capability space charts and trade-off diagrams) used to analyse and communicate the trade-offs and benefits of various enterprise-wide initiatives, alternatives or solutions across people, processes and technology.

Key questions explored:

  • "Avoiding Anecdotal Architecture" - establishing a single view of the truth
  • The power of metrics
  • Managing non-functional requirements like TCO, Performance, Availability and Security
  • The difference between "Impact Observation" and true Trade-off and Impact Analysis

For further details please contact Avolution Sales on sales@avolution.com.au.

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