Showing posts from December, 2007

Three perspectives on enterprise architecture

This is a cross-posting (a cross-blogging?) from my blog at Via Nova Architectura . The reason for cross posting this blog entry is that I want to keep at leas a copy of all my blog entries at a central location. When looking at the different types of interpretations of what enterprise architecture is, I believe there are three main perspectives on what architecture is about: A regulation-oriented perspective in which architecture is regarded as a way to govern the design/evolution/transformation of an enterprise by means of regulations. In other words, in this perspective architecture is regarded as a prescriptive notion limiting the design freedom with regards to the design and evolution of a system. A design-oriented perspective in which the essential properties of a system are being designed. This perspective treats architectures as actual specifications of high level system designs focussing on `architecturally relevant' design decisions and tradeoffs. A p

Why google scholar should maintain my publication list!

Google scholar is a search engine for scientific publications. I wonder if it would make sense for google scholar to provide academics functionality which allows them to easily maintain their publication lists. Consider, just as an example, my list . I try and keep the publication details up-to-date, where possible and allowed I'll also add PDF files of (and/or links to) the actual paper. As some of you may know, publications, and in particular citations of one's publications, have become the currency of the scientific community (whether that is good or bad is another discussion ... another blog entry to follow). This means that authors have a strong interest in keeping their publication record available and ensuring the publication data (meta-data) is correct and complete. Usually using some mechanism such as BiBTeX. See here for an example. So why would google scholar want maintain this data for me? Well, I'm not proposing they do all the work for me, but, if you look at

My first blog

Well, I have decided to start blogging. In most cases (iPod, Apple-TV, Mac Mini as VCR in the living room, etc), I am an early adopter. In the case of blogging I've been rather slack. I hope to remedy this now. Rather than using this blog purely to publish my opinion / thoughts / ideas, I intend to use this blog as a notebook for ideas as well (and gather comments in the process). This notebook is not to be confused with the notebook I have on Google Notebooks with a list of resources on enterprise engineering and architecting.