Site Spotlight

The GSA ArchitecturePlus website is the spotlight focus this week. This site, run by George Brundage, is the central repository for most of the federal initiatives for Enterprise Architecture.

Contained in that site are the following subject areas.



Links - Federal IT

Links - Other IT


Policy Place

Position Management

Reading List

Seminar - Presentations

Success Stories

The site is one of the community sites listed in EWITA's Communities page

The links lists are extensive and include many presentations and white pages.

George has an active moderated newsletter that he produces, this daily (during the week) newsletter contains a good amount of conversation about the Architecture area. You can join the mailing list by going to the ListServs and signing up.

Bill Gate's Rules

As I was sitting waiting in the doctor's office the other day, I picked up one of the magazines, it was a Time issue from March 22, 1999 (shows how up-to-date the office reading was), so in a effort to force new reading material, I stole it! In that magazine was an article from Bill Gates titled "Bill Gates' New Rules". As I read the article, it struck me how much of it applied to the Enterprise Architecture (EA) area, especially the development and adoption of the EA.

Gates' rules and how I feel they should be applied to the EA process are:

1. Insist that communication flow through e-mail

2. Study sales data online to share insights easily.

3. Shift knowledge workers into high-level thinking

4. Use digital tools to create virtual teams.

5. Convert every paper process to a digital process

6. Use digital tools to eliminate single-task jobs

7. Create a digital feedback loop.

8. Use digital systems to route customer complaints immediately

9. Use digital communication to redefine the boundaries

10. Transform every business process into just-in-time delivery

11 Use digital delivery to eliminate the middle-man.

12. Use digital tools to help customers solve problems for themselves.

So what is your feeling on these 12 rules? Can you add to my thoughts or disagree with them? In any case, if you will e-mail me (rule 1), we can get a discussion group going (rules 4 and 7) and perhaps solve some of our community problems (rule 9 and 12).

Revised EWITA EA Presentations page

Not bad - 200 accesses to the page in the last week! I guess someone is out there after all!

I have added another 50 or so presentations to the subject page. So if you want to see what other people are doing in the EA area, check out the presentations. These provide a great resource for graphics to explain the processes and procedures of developing and implementing Enterprise Architecture. Finding the right graphic can save hours of effort in defining exactly the right way of getting some vital information across.

I have added some new presentations that have not generally been available on the web. These were developed at the Employment Development Department of the State of California. The subjects of those presentations are:

Business Driven Architecture (What, What, Why, Where, When and How)(23 slides)

Business Driven Architecture (What, What, Why, Where, When and How) Sanitized version (22 slides)

Business Driven Architecture Summary (August 1999) (12 slides)

Developing an Application Development Architecture (June 1999)(27 slides)

An Application development Strategy (July 1999) (23 slides)

Phase 1 (June 1998) (18 slides)

High Level overview (March 1998) (11 slides)

Project Wrap-up (June 1999)(28 slides)

If you would like to know more about this project look at the web page and select EDD/CA Architecture (Access) (TOC)

New page for EA Communities

I have taken last week's notes to you and created a EA Communities page that has those and additional pointers to e-communities that support the EA effort. If you are aware of other e-communities, please let me know (rule 1) e-mail.

Progress on the new pointer sets

I have made some progress on the development of the new Internet pointer set to EA resources. There are still about 4000 pointers to be classified. The EWITA EA Presentations page is a result of one of those classifications.