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Nagesh V. Anupindi Ph.D. , Gerard A. Coady

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Enterprise Architecture (EA) was created to provide structure and transparency to the complex world of IT. However, theorists have created additional complexities in Enterprise Architecture by designing Frameworks that are difficult to understand and impractical to implement. In this book, Nagesh and Gerry help turn around Enterprise Architecture organizations. They introduce a simple IDEA Framework that is based on common practices and investments within IT organizations. The Ten Deliverables presented in this book bring structure and clarity to IT organizations of any size, from 10-1000.

This book is not an ivory tower work; it is actionable, applied Enterprise Architecture. It is also a healthy dose of EA "tough love." If you want to know why EA fails, read the second chapter. It is introspective, and it does not blame external forces (the "not-my-fault" syndrome). In fact, it hardly mentions technology. To be fair, the Nagesh and Gerry do recognize external influences; however, these influences are viewed as risks that must be managed.

Most corporations focus on this year's budget, investments, and rewards. The same focus rolls downhill to the Information Technology department. If the IT department has not successfully communicated the budget and managed to spend it within the limits (±10% variance), everything else may seem irrelevant. With this in mind, Nagesh and Gerry started looking through current IT systems and IT assets to understand (a) where the current funds were being invested, (b) how these investments jelled or were mandated because of the previous investments that had been made by IT, and (c) how the company's business priorities aligned with future technology needs, including the need to meet compliance requirements. Considering and discovering the answers to these three questions led Nagesh and Gerry to develop a definition of Enterprise Architecture that was based on technology investments - Investment Driven Enterprise Architecture (IDEA) Framework.

The purpose of the IDEA Framework is to provide guidance on how the corporation's future technology will be drafted and communicated. Its method is to utilize actual systems, hardware, people, and business functions in order to establish boundaries within which the IDEA Framework will work. The structure of the IDEA Framework differs from that of many frameworks because it consists of key deliverables that fit into day-to-day activities, and it accommodates an enterprise-wide strategic plan. It also provides for the much-needed interaction between these key deliverables and facilitates contributions from key stakeholders across Business Units and the various IT departments. In essence, the IDEA Framework takes the key deliverables, stakeholders, and organizations, and demonstrates how they dynamically function together.

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  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466906979
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  • Publisher: Trafford (22 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why read Enterprise Architecture Turnaround? 6 Jan 2012
By Thomas Hortman - Published on
This is a great addition to my reference library! The authors have done an excellent job of explaining the proper function of Enterprise Architecture within the IT landscape. The IDEA framework, suggested Key Deliverables, and helpful illustrations offer actionable advice and strategies.

I recommend this material to all IT management professionals, not just established IT Enterprise Architecture communities within large corporations. I am a Senior Manager, IT Projects with no formal architectural training. My experience matches that of the authors - that during the evolution of IT departments, architecture is often the least understood function and the last to be formalized. The implication being, many IT professionals are informally called upon to fill the architect role. This is necessary in smaller and less mature organizations to assure acceptable operations and project results. I believe "accidental architects" will find this book a helpful survivors guide
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enterprise Architecture for novice to expert 2 Feb 2012
By Irish31 - Published on
From a business perspective and this novice's point of view, Enterprise Architecture Turnaround offers a detailed and comprehensive breakdown of Enterprise Architecture. This book gives the reader a history of Enterprise Architecture, team structure, what works and what doesn't, and the IDEA Framework concept which is simplistic in its inception and yet precisely details step-by-step what is necessary to integrate technology into the business.

I was surprised at the ease with which I was able to read and understand this book. I highly recommend Enterprise Architecture Turnaround to anyone within or outside the Information Technology community who wants to learn more about or absorb new and useful information about Enterprise Architecture.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad book 11 Jan 2014
By Svyatoslav Kotusev - Published on
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This is a pointless collection of advice on everything and nothing. All the material is very shallow, it is hard to understand what this book is about. I don't recommend to buy it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good practical overview of EA 8 Dec 2013
By Nicholas J. Steblay - Published on
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A decent overview of EA from a practitioners point of view. It is worth a read if your starting or rebooting your EA program.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very practical 2 Jan 2013
By p dors - Published on
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This book provides a very practical approach to Enterprise Architecture. The advice on the structure and hiring order of the the EA team is wonderful and special since I have never encountered it anywhere else. I also like the instruction on EA from a business centric viewpoint. The only thing missing in this book is a solid case study that ties it all together.
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