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Handbook on Enterprise Architecture (International Handbooks on Information Systems) [Hardcover]

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This Handbook is about methods, tools and examples of how to architect an enterprise through considering all life cycle aspects of Enterprise Entities (such as individual enterprises, enterprise networks, virtual enterprises, projects and other complex systems including a mixture of automated and human processes). The book is based on ISO15704:2000, or the GERAM Framework (Generalised Enterprise Reference Architecture and Methodology) that generalises the requirements of Enterprise Reference Architectures. Various Architecture Frameworks (PERA, CIMOSA, Grai-GIM, Zachman, C4ISR/DoDAF) areshown in light of GERAM to allow a deeper understanding of their contributions and therefore their correct and knowledgeable use.The handbook addresses a wide variety of audience, and covers methods and tools necessary to design or redesign enterprises, as well as to structure the implementation into manageable projects.

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Pages   787
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 2"
Weight:   2.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 5, 2003
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540003436  
ISBN13  9783540003434  

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Not worth it  Nov 10, 2006
This is an overpriced set of poorly edited articles written by different authors. For people that are interested in Enterprise Architecture, I recommend checking out the TOGAF book (which btw, is available freely online at the OpenGroup website)
Not worth the excesive price, nor the time it takes to read it  Sep 2, 2006
I have practiced enterprise architecture for the past 20 years or so. I read Zacman's seminal '87 work in about '89. Before EA was EA there was Martin, and I practiced that. I have used DODAF and C4ISR, FEAF and more. I would not use this GERAM. It has the feel of academics and windbag consultants justifying their existance.

The book is a collection of articles, a survey. The first chapter is poorly edited with malapropisms and missing words. This is forgivable.

Keep reading and another chapter devotes itself to mapping other frameworks. The author here butchers Zachman and ignores the primative/composite distinction central to John's work. It also shows only a superficial grasp of DoDAF that would make Cathy Sowa frown in her kindly way. Then there are several fringe works from academia. This is poor insight, but perhaps tollerable.

Then there are many pages of poor diagrams scanned from hand drawn, and a house of cards that seems unworkable. The other reviewers found this valuable, but I cannot see it being applied in practice. Prove me wrong- it is only my impression. I know that I will not be trying these methods unless forced by a customer.

Finally the hefty tome is $121. I would rather take my wife to diner at a nice resturant, the ROI is higher.

I feel cheated by the authors. EA is not only for academics boys, some must practice it.

On the positive side there are many ideas in the book and some might bear fruit for the reader. A great deal of effort was surely applied to creating this mass of concepts, some with more depth than other bits. Still, I would not buy this work unless you felt compelled to read every available EA source. Read Zachman, Spewak and Bernard instead- all 3 together will be cheaper than this and far better more beneficial in practice.
Flexible approach to enterprise architecture  Jul 2, 2004
This book is a collection of articles that describe the key elements of the Generalized Enterprise Reference Architecture and Methodology {GERAM}, with each article written by an expert in a particular topic area, and the whole skillfully glued together by the editors.

My take on GERAM - having suffered through more approaches to architecture than I care to relate, some good and some bad, the GERAM approach is a beacon of sanity. First, it logically and clearly divides architecture into domains, which are interconnected as follow:

(1) Generalized enterprise reference architecture (high-level model for integration) employs an enterprise modeling methodology that uses enterprise modeling language(s). The language(s) are implemented as enterprise engineering tools, which are used to develop enterprise models, which are, in turn, used to design operational systems.

(2) Also feeding into the enterprise modeling tools are: partial enterprise models, which are supported by general enterprise modeling concepts, and directly support enterprise modeling tools.

(3) Finally, there are 'Enterprise Modules', comprised of processes, staff resources, and technology, which are the basis for implementing the operational system.

From the above, which is hard to visualize in a text description, one can see that GERAM is a pick and choose model that has a great deal of flexibility. It's not a perfect model, but it's also not rigid, which is the reason I like it so.

With the context provided above, the book addresses GERAM in five parts, each of which contains relevant articles:

Part I Architecture Frameworks, is a well stated and illustrated of GERAM and how it maps to other architecture frameworks.

Part II Strategy Making and Business Planning, covers business aspects ranging from corporate strategy to developing the business model, to developing the enterprise concept and associated business plan.

Part III Defining the Requirements for Enterprise Change, provides a focus on modeling.

Part IV Developing the Master Plan, steps you through the design phase.

Part V consists of four case studies that reinforce the preceding parts of this book.

Do you need yet another architecture approach? The answer is, it depends. I do not view GERAM as much a distinct architecture approach as much as it's an approach to architecture. I believe that it can be applied - in part or in its entirety - to any architecture model because of the inherent flexibility. I certainly believe that this book is an essential resource for any enterprise architect because of the way it separates key elements of an architecture.

A must have for any Enterprise Architect / Engineer...  Feb 27, 2004
This is perhaps the most comprehensive book in this discipline. The book is almost encyclopaedic. As it covers several frameworks like Zachman, GERAM, PERA, ARIS, it provides a very good comparison and contrast between these. This book is a great text book for any Graduate Level course in Software / Systems Engineering, Business Information Systems and Architecture.

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