Friday, July 04, 2008


Enterprise Architecture and Argumentum Ad Ignorantiam

Many in the blogosphere believe that enterprise architecture is an appeal to ignorance...

An ad ignorantiam argument is a positive claim advanced because it cannot or has not been disproven. For example, "You can't prove that Stonehenge wasn't built by aliens, so that's just as good as your theory that it was built by druids." A positive claim is one that asserts real, material existence, like the existence of a certain physical object, the occurrence of a certain deed, etc.

Enterprise architecture as implemented in many environments operates on the principle that only positive claims need to be justified and only by positive evidence. The mindset says that pretty much everyone is on the fence for every possible situation and you only need evidence to come along and push you either way. The enterprise thinks in this manner because it operates off perceptions and not principles nor values. Reasoning suggests that one should simply obey certain ideas such as process isn't a substitute for competence and that there would be no way to make intelligent decisions without them. Who says that decision making needs to be intelligent?

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