Monday, March 26, 2007


Enterprise Architecture Collaboration Patterns

Last week I had a conversation with an architect on the patterns in the POSA book and realized that Pipes and Filters really described how most enterprises work...

Decision makers can become inundated with options and thus employ filters to help narrow the solution space. This can be dangerous because current technology makes it nearly impossible to define a filter sophisticated to appropriately sift through the solutions. Consequently, any useful filter will eliminate high quality candidate solutions from the resulting pool of options.

I pray for the poor soul who constantly watches good decisions getting filtered as this will cause folks to become discouraged. Over time when individuals become discouraged, they can question their abilities. Discouragement leads to despair. Anyway, if enterprise architecture brings clarity to decision making process by optimizing the filters, what discipline within the enterprise is responsible for eliminating the pipe...

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