Wednesday, March 07, 2012


Bible-Oriented Enterprise Architecture: Part One

The discipline of enterprise architecture is less about classifying information via Zachman or TOGAF and is more in tune with relationship building and dot-connecting. I had the opportunity over the last two weeks to get together for lunch and dinner respectively with two Enterprise Architects I worked with at The Hartford. Both of these individuals not only have mastery of their day jobs but equal command of their own lives.

In my journey leading to road of nirvana I frequently am given a gift. Regardless of whether you are Jewish, a Christian or Muslim, we can acknowledge the beauty of our One God to whom all praise is due. Everything happens for a reason and I believe that he wanted me to continue interacting with not only EA top talent, but also EA top talent that is pious in nature. The world revolves around spiritually and connectedness and these two are great examples of a Bible-Oriented Reference Architecture. This series of blogs is dedicated Jeff Ryan and James Tarbell...

The first guidance given by the Bible that is applicable to Enterprise Architects is what I will refer to as the test of small things. Have you ever been asked to do something beneath your potential and talent? In 2010, I have and failed this test.

The test of small things is to prove how faithful we are to commitments and whether we are ready for greater opportunities. Some of us are caught up in titles and positions while ignoring our spiritual needs. This isn't just something you do in church every Sunday, in the temple on Saturday or even the Masjid on Friday. This has to be at the center of your core as both an Enterprise Architect and human being.

Have we gotten so politically correct that we forget that the United States is one nation under God? I somehow suspect that these two individuals if permitted to be more spiritual would have pointed me toward Luke 16:10 and Ephesians 5:16.

Find a bible and look up these versions. Now think about Enterprise Architecture and then connect the dots. What do you see...

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