Saturday, December 11, 2004

Napkin Analysis

One of the interesting challenges of my current job is dealing with enterprise architecture. I know, I know, enterprise architecture spans not only IT systems, but also business processes and ultimately the strategy of the org. There are all sorts of books and theories and processes and models that are available out there, but nothing beats just getting things mapped out on a legal pad or a napkin.

It is very interesting how many little systems we have supporting discrete insular business processes. The relationships between these systems and processes start to become visible with the smallest amount of analysis. I am starting to formulate in my own mind a picture of what the enterprise should look like.


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