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Tom Graves / Tetradian Commentary on TRAK

by Nic Plum on Monday 16 August, 2010 - 11:45 GMT

Posted in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNews

Tags: bloglinkedintrak

At the risk of descending into the BBC’s habit of trailing their own programmes ...
Tom Graves/Tetradian Blog masthead

Thanks to a post from Rich Hilliard on the TRAK group on LinkedIn I came across Tom’s article on his blog about TRAK, posted on Saturday titled ‘How to get enterprise-architecture on TRAK’:

At last – at last – there’s now a ‘framework for enterprise-architecture’ that’s actually worthy of that title. ...

Although in a few places this does show its physical-engineering heritage, in effect this is a generic high-level metamodel suitable for use in enterprise-architectures for any type of organisation. (This is a very important contrast to the metamodels in TOGAF or even in Archimate [Business, Application and Technology layers], which at present are effectively usable only for IT-centric architectures in information-oriented enterprises such as banks, finance, insurance and the like.) ...

and it finishes

Anyway, definitely worth a detailed look. Even from a fairly cursory review to date, my own strong opinion is that for TOGAF-type architecture-developments that could touch any space beyond IT, we should all standardise on something like this as a base-metamodel, rather than the as-yet unusably-incomplete one provided in the TOGAF 9 specification.

Recommended – very recommended.

Not all bad then! wink



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    Putting the Architectural Modelling Community First - What You Can Expect to See

    by Nic Plum on Saturday 02 January, 2010 - 14:03 GMT

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    Tags: blogforumfunplansitestructurewiki

    This current site is really only a interim site. What is intended is a site that properly supports the folks using TRAK or other MDAF-based architecture frameworks and one which represents the ethos behind it:-

    • pragmatic - led by need and application - the human interface to the framework (usability, affordance etc.)
    • open - decisions, rationale, explanation
    • democratic - involve the community in the site content rather than broadcast top down what I/we think folks need. The centre of gravity ought to be with the users rather than the specifiers-of the framework
    • fun - why not? Systems thinkers/engineers and architects are real, dare I say it ‘whole’ people and all sides need to be addressed
    • dynamic - the content needs to be able to change and adapt to new circumstances, thinking or practice

    What You Might Expect

    The features that you should expect to see are:-

    • each section of the site is a ‘blog’
      • articles can be discussed and commented on by site members
      • updates notified by RSS news feeds
    • articles can be linked together, tagged, put into categories and dynamically sorted/displayed and searched for by users
    • discussion forums
      • tool support
      • use of architecture frameworks
      • modelling / repository organisation - not governed by frameworks but important and common to all
    • architects can submit examples of views to help others
    • wiki to hold facts on architecture frameworks e.g. metamodel elements, use of UML tools, tips, plugins etc.
    • single sign-on to comment, add a forum discussion or to add to the wiki
    • everyone can see everything - nothing hidden
      • only site members can contribute or comment - contributors and commenters recognised and stand up to the mark!
    • fun / anarchic humour
      • the lighter side
      • not taking life too seriously


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