What is the IDEF-0 modeling technique and how can it be used to document EA components at the Business Level of the EA3 framework?

The Integration Definition for Function, or IDEF technique. Developed in the mid-1970’s for modeling complex military projects, IDEF-0 uses Inputs, Outputs, Controls and Mechanisms (ICOM) to show the parts of an activity within an enterprise. IDEF-0 activity modeling is suitable for business process documentation in that it provides both high level context views, and more… Continue reading What is the IDEF-0 modeling technique and how can it be used to document EA components at the Business Level of the EA3 framework?

What are EA artifacts and how do they relate to EA components?

EA artifacts are types of documentation that describe components, including reports, diagrams, charts, spreadsheets, video files, and other types of recorded information. High-level EA artifacts are often text documents or diagrams that describe overall strategies, programs, and desired outcomes. Mid-level EA artifacts are documents, diagrams, charts, spreadsheets, and briefings that describe organizational processes, ongoing projects,… Continue reading What are EA artifacts and how do they relate to EA components?

Why can an enterprise’s business processes be viewed as EA components?

Because business processes change and/or are replaced over time. An enterprise’s key business and support processes are documented at the Business level of the EA framework. EA components at this level include business process documentation and an IT capital planning portfolio that provides business case documentation on each investment in IT that meets operational and… Continue reading Why can an enterprise’s business processes be viewed as EA components?

Why can an enterprise’s information flows and data objects be viewed as EA components?

Because information flows and data objects change and/or are replaced over time. How an enterprise uses data and information is documented at the Data and Information level of the EA3 Cube Framework. \nEA components at this level include documentation on the design, function, and management of information systems, databases, knowledge warehouses, and data marts. It… Continue reading Why can an enterprise’s information flows and data objects be viewed as EA components?

Why can an enterprise’s software applications and networks be viewed as EA components?

Because software applications and networks change and/or are replaced over time. The systems and applications that an enterprise uses to support its business services, product delivery processes, and information flows are documented at the Systems and Applications level of the EA3 Framework. One of the purposes of EA is to improve the integration and efficiency… Continue reading Why can an enterprise’s software applications and networks be viewed as EA components?