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Roadmaps in Enterprise Architecture: Current vs Future State Architectures

ArchiMate Plateau, Deliverable, Work Package and Gap concepts

Roadmaps are a fundamental part of strategic planning and enterprise architecture. It allows businesses to map out a set of actions that are required to move from where it is today, to where it wants to go; those actions turn into plans. Roadmapping enables organizations to tie strategy to deliverables using enterprise architecture, crucial for delivering on initiatives that have been prioritized.

Roadmaps in Enterprise Architecture: An Introduction


Every organization we’re talking to right now is, at some level, managing roadmap initiatives. We’ve seen countless organizations using Microsoft PowerPoint or Excel vying for continuity but struggling with maintenance and preservation. It’s been apparent for a while that roadmaps are an important viewpoint for various stakeholders in an organization; and the industry is slowly realizing that Roadmapping applies to both the business world and the IT world.

10 LinkedIn groups every Enterprise Architect should join

10 LinkedIn groups every Enterprise Architect should join

In the digital age, its hugely important to keep up with industry trends and to read content from the most influential industry experts. There aren't enough hours in the day for Enterprise Architects and Corso understands this, given all of the projects on their plates on a daily basis.

5 ways to encourage Business Transformation in Enterprise Architecture

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Adoption. Seen as an immovable object and an obstacle we frequently encounter in the workplace. We try and consistently fail to change the attitudes of our peers - opposing mindsets are now a common feature when implementing business transformation. It has long been the mission of EA practitioners to get the right people motivated in adopting a fully functional EA strategy.

SaaS and Cloud: the words on everyone's lips at IBM Innovate, London

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7th November, 2013

Corso travelled to London recently for the annual IBM Innovate conference. We noticed a new buzz and perhaps a brighter, fresher Innovate than in recent years.

3 interesting things we learned at The Open Group, London


CorsoReview: #ogLON with the Open Group
Date: October 2013
Venue: Methodist Central Hall, London, United Kingdom
Author: Manuel Ponchaux (Corso)

The Corso team recently visited London for The Open Group's "Business Transformation in Finance, Government & Healthcare" conference. The event was predominantly for learning how experts address organisational change when aligning business needs with information technology – something very relevant in today’s climate. Nonetheless, there were a few other things we learnt as well…

1. Lean Enterprise Architecture

We were told that Standard Frameworks are too complex and multidimensional – people were interested in how we use them to provide simple working guidelines to the architecture team.

Strategic planning gaining a foothold

Martin Owen

I'm in Australia this week at The Open Group conference in Sydney, giving two presentations that are related to each other in many ways.

Enterprise Architects and Portfolio Managers: Do We Need Both?

Martin Owen
Martin Owen, CEO, Corso

I recently spoke with an editor about the state of enterprise architecture today.  One of the topics that came up was the increasing overlap between the disciplines of portfolio management and enterprise architecture. What is the difference between the two?  Will these roles merge in the future?


Pragmatic roadmapping in Enterprise Architecture

Martin Owen explains Roadmapping

Pragmatic roadmapping in Enterprise Architecture

Martin Owen, CEO, Corso

It's no secret that organizations are in an almost continual state of change. Thankfully, the new implementation and migration extension within ArchiMate® 2.0 is designed to provide concepts that model the transition of enterprise architecture over time.

This is indeed a great step forward. However, from a pragmatic point of view, it's not quite enough. We see many enterprise architecture initiatives struggle in three main areas when roadmapping due to the lack of support from methods and tooling in this area:


6 reasons why you should be using ArchiMate

Visuals make it easy to remember!

6 reasons why you should be using ArchiMate®

Describing the assets of the enterprise in a clear and structured way can be a difficult task. And communicating stakeholder needs when making changes to that architecture can seem impossible. Often, enterprise architects will use a variety of custom or homegrown solutions, but there is a better way - the standard language from the Open Group known as ArchiMate

ArchiMate is a structured language with a notation that describes all aspects of the enterprise in terms of business, IT,  and applications in a rigorous way. It allows you to keep information in a form that can be easily managed and used to answer a range of questions. Let's look at the benefits in more detail...

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