It seems that there needs to be a tool that IT can use to document their architecture in a fashion that that allows the architecture to be easily viewed from different view points. An organization should be able to view the enterprise from some or all of the following views and perhaps others:
- business view as in business functions like A/P, Purchasing, etc.
- IT system view as in A/P as part of ERP plus any supporting systems.
- data view to look at particular data elements across all systems, etc.
- physical view of computer systems in data centers.
- network view of connections.
- organization view where parts are owned and supported by particular groups, as in IT teams, etc.
- an external view of how the enterprise is viewed by the outside.
- perhaps an identity management view
- perhaps a security view that shows the defenses, barriers, authentication methods, etc. across the enteprise
I’m just making up a list of views that would be useful. Imagine a pivot table type tool where you could spin the views around on demand to look at things differently quickly. If the tool could be updated by teams and individuals across the enterprise a complete view of the IT world could be built and used in countless ways and conversations.
Obviously I’m not an expert on this kind of modeling and not an expert on these tools. I’ve seen business process mapping tools and they don’t go anywhere near this and static PowerPoint files don’t work for this either. Of course the tools needs to be free, easy to learn, be browser agnostic and create a peaceful attitude in all who use it.
If you know of such, let me know. Someone mentioned TOGAF to me yesterday and I might take a look and see if it goes here.