In many respects Enterprise Architecture can be compared to
gardening - or more accurately the Methods, Artefacts, Culture and
Environmental things that allow a gardener to produce a pleasant garden or to
grow fruit and vegetables.
A lot of people try to “sell” Enterprise Architecture with
quick wins and low-hanging fruit. Whilst we will certainly not ignore such
opportunities if they exist, to pursue only those quick wins is totally against
the raison d'ętre of Enterprise Architecture.
Enterprise Architecture is concerned with creating the
correct environment for the gardener and the garden to be effective and
efficient. Creating the correct environment does not in itself create the
garden, but as every gardener will know, that environment can have a massive
positive or negative impact on the garden. This is exactly the same for
Enterprise Architecture - we are creating the environment required for an Enterprise
(participating in an Enterprise) to grow, to flourish, to bloom and to bear
fruit - not only for this year but for next year and for many years to come.
Implementing changes to become more mature in how Enterprise Architecture is
utilised does not in itself do this, but provides the environment for this to
Many gardeners also know you can try to create the correct
environment through trial and error (and sometimes for specific reasons it is
beneficial to do this), but generally speaking the best gardeners lever and
utilise the tips, tricks and knowledge of other gardeners as much as possible.
In this respect, they are using Frameworks.
There is a lot information about Enterprise Architecture.
Much of it is conflicting, inconsistent, inapplicable or unusable. This is why
PEAF was created - to provide a small and concise set of real things to use
rather than long winded ivory tower opinion and explanations - knowledge that
will allow the garden and the gardener to flourish.
Kevin Lee Smith