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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470554231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470554234
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Get a handle on enterprise architecture and develop a strategy for success

An enterprise network is a complex creature. This book breaks it down into simpler bites. You′ll understand the parts, what they mean to your company, how to make technology match your business goals, and how to create an enterprise culture. Then you′ll get help with long–term planning, managing security, and getting the most from your technology.

  • Know the game and the players understand enterprise components, the management roles involved, and the impact of platform selection

  • What IT can do learn to align technology with organizational goals and explore regulatory compliance and risk management practices

  • Who you are examine the fundamental aspects of identity management and how to develop an enterprise culture

  • Nuts and bolts look at the elements of a distributed network, its resources, and how to establish long–term operational strategies

  • Increase technology′s value through virtualization, high–performance computing, Green IT strategies, and other practices

  • Keep your guard up create effective disaster recovery solutions and develop a sound game plan against the ever–changing threats to interconnected systems

Open the book and find:

  • Tasks, roles, and tools of IT architecture

  • Risk and compliance issues for management

  • Tips for reducing complexity

  • Identity and access management strategies

  • Effective communication methods

  • How to plan for the mobile enterprise

  • When green is profitable

  • What to consider when planning technology updates

Learn to:

  • Create an Enterprise IT strategy that meets business objectives

  • Work with each layer of the technology stack

  • Support organizational structure and processes

  • Develop an action plan for implementation

About the Author

Kalani Kirk Hausman is a specialist in enterprise architecture, security, information assurance, business continuity, and regulatory compliance.

Susan L. Cook is a Senior IT Policy and Security Programs Administrator and a former compliance auditor. Both are employed by Texas A&M University.


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By Valleybuoy on 15 Feb. 2014
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Doesn't really do what it says on the tin for me. More like IT Architecture for IT Architects.... Not easy...
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Mistry on 16 Jan. 2011
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Very disappointed as the description I read over months ago and before making he purchase implied it was a strategy type book for iy architects etc. A lot of text and data but little information. Wouldn't recommend it especially as I have worked in the industry for over 15 years as an IT Architect working up to CxO level. Expected more from Dummies.
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What Architecture ? 30 Dec. 2011
By Koala - Published on Amazon.com
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I dreaded writing this review because I could only manage to read the first 7 chapters, and skimmed the rest. There was minimal "architecture" discussion. The best I can describe it is an assortment of miscellaneous trendy IT topics - Identity management, Virtualisation, Green IT, Cloud, Mobile computing. In the true Dummies style, each topic was treated with a basic definition and some high level fluff. Nothing you can't Google for and get a more in-depth reading. There was no attempt to tie any of these technologies into anything. Where is the architecting ?

The following stopped me from reading the book after seven chapters:

1) Making the Hard Software Choice: Open Source or Closed Source (Page 33)
2) Basically, an enterprise security strategy must include a layered framework to protect the data. [followed by an illustration: A diagram with concentric rings with Data as the center and an arrow point inward with the phrase "Defense In Depth", and called this a layered framework.] (Page 68, 69)
3) Risk assessments are critical tools for showing management the value of the procedures outlined in the security policy. (Page 74)
4) The emergence of cloud computing has introduced difficulties for organizations using strict ITIL service management practices due to the block-box nature of the cloud service host details. (Page 77)
5) Reducing the probability of a threat event involves employing countermeasures appropriate to the vulnerabilities associated with the threat. (Page 90)

- Several pages were devoted on the Pros and Cons of Open Source vs Closed Source softwares. The suggested judging criteria was - if you don't need to see the code, pick commercial software. The world has moved on from the Either/Or argument 15 years ago. 99% of the companies have both, and decisions are made based on fit-for-purpose and functionality.
- Figure 5-1 on Page 69 is not a framework, it's a diagram with concentric circles and some words throw at it. A framework needs to provide a structured approach to build a foundation. Where is the structure ? What elements constitute as the building blocks ? What is the relationship between the different elements within the structure ?
- Risk assessments to show the "value of the procedures..." I am not sure what this mean. However, you should try to avoid including procedures in policy documents. Risk assessments are done to understand the company/system security posture and evaluate the effectiveness of security controls and risk mitigation strategies.
- Seriously..... with all the publicity of Cloud immaturity: extended outage; lack of proper backup; data leaks...etc. all areas of many active research, and you worry about ITIL compliance ? Really ?
- Threats are generally external entities that we can't do much about, except to understand, manage and try to mitigate the associated risks. How do you change the probability of a threat ? By putting in place effective security controls, the likelihood (probability) of risks being realised can be reduced. You can also reduce vulnerabilities. Not running certain applications or turning off services for example, can reduce the overall % of risks by virtue of the fact that there are less exploitable vulnerabilities. But I still can't do much about the number of hackers out there or how often they like to hack. Readers are encouraged to do their own research on these security fundamentals.

Perhaps the book was simply mis-titled. But what is the architecture ? where is the discussion on business alignment with technologies ? what was the repeatable methodology used to translate business objectives into IT strategies ?

But if you read the book and thought - "huh, that's not so bad. I too can call myself an architect." I urge you to Google "TOGAF 9" and download the framework. You will learn more about enterprise architect after reading just the first two chapters.
got book as described and on time---fine experience with seller ... 3 Nov. 2014
By marc cash - Published on Amazon.com
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got book as described and on time---fine experience with seller....However, I did not care for the content of the book. It is not for beginners.
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book 5 April 2011
By Cristian - Published on Amazon.com
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Really enjoyed this book and found it highly informative and easy to read. Covered many topics with great detail and highly relevant, i.e current.
Definitely recommend it.
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
helpful 12 Jun. 2011
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a consistent level of infocmation for 'dummies' series of books. gives you the key information but not too much detail.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Heavy on information, light on insight 28 July 2013
By Mr Ben HA Ramsden - Published on Amazon.com
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