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An Introduction to PEAF: Pragmatic Enterprise Architecture Framework Paperback – 1 May 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic EC Ltd (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190842401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908424013
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This book provides a good introduction to PEAF, which is a result oriented EA framework which focuses on delivering value and return on investment by fostering an architectural environment that allows the business to grow and mature. The text is well written and easy to understand, making use of metaphor (the pragmatic gardener), and succinct descriptive text. This was an informative read that has encouraged me to find out more about PEAF.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not credible. 29 Aug. 2012
By Matt Kern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The author of this book has posted and maintained a website page attacking me for my previous negative review. I have given this author and the company adequate time to rethink this deplorable business practice of attacking customers who dislike the product offered, but no change has occurred.

Both Amazon and B&N have blocked and removed comments from those associated with the author attacking me personally, whereas such attacks are in violation of their policies. This illustrates further deplorable business practices of the author and company.

The following remain my opinion:

1) This book is too thin. You spend too much per page. 105 pages only. (Skip the book and examine the free website.)

2) It contains too little information of worth, like a marketing document, including a repeated graphic. (Do not pay to be marketed.)

3) PEAF continues to require an expensive license for commercial use (the vast majority of users). While exceptions to this license occur for individuals, government and academics (according to the product website)- any consulting companies supporting those still seem to require a license. That would be 95% of us in EA here in the USA, I believe. Those costs would be passed on to the government, academic or other customer, just as if they had paid them.

4) The book does not deliver on its promises. It is not worth reading.

I am clearly not lying, as the author claims of me, as these are truly my opinions. As I am a highly qualified enterprise architect, my opinions may persuade you or not. In either case it is unacceptable practice for a vendor to attack customers like me that dislike their product. As for the accusation that I dislike the author, or "delight" in attacking him- these are not germane to this review of a product. In truth I really do not care much about the guy at all, I have never met him, and life is too short.

As for the value of the subject, the framework itself as described in the book, I find it of limited value, but somewhat more value than this book itself. It has a few new ideas. Professional EA frameworks are mainly derived either from the TAFIM like DODAF and TOGAF or from the Zachman/Spewak/FEAF line like EA3, and this framework seems to have neither lineage. I recommend sticking to the standard frameworks, where much of the material is free and without license.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A case for SMEs 23 Jun. 2013
By Walter Merkt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
EA is of value for all kinds and sizes of enterprises. However, SMEs cannot hope to cope with comprehensive frameworks such as TOGAF. For them PEAF is a very good and helpful compromise.

The rantings and ravings of Matthew Kern do not change that - I believe he missed the issue entirely ...
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Value and License Costs 8 Feb. 2013
By jd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found the book to be interesting and of value. The review by Matt Kern misstates the license costs, from the book: "PEAF is licensed in two forms: a non-commercial license, which is free for individuals, end-user organizations, government bodies and academic institutions; and a full commercial license, for consultancies, tool-vendors and training-providers."
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