Top 5 Use Cases for Business Capabilities to Transform an Organization

Top 5 Use Cases for Business Capabilities to Transform an Organization

Business capabilities more and more take over the role as primary concept when it comes to manage all kinds of alignments and gain transparency of one or more organizations. In this article, I would like to present five major use cases that business capabilities can enable and what is needed to achieve the desired benefits.

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How to Become a High-Earning Software Developer

How to Become a High-Earning Software Developer

The term “digital roadmap” refers to your personal way towards skills and success in the digital area. While expertise, ideas, and communities are important aspects of it, the knowledge of how to maximize your own benefits is another important aspect. Today, I am therefore highlighting the top 15 tips to achieve a better career and ultimately make more money as a software developer. However, beware that following all of them would most probably make you a lonely person, so pick which ones you like and which ones do not suit you:

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What you Need to Know About Business Capabilities (in a Nutshell)

What you Need to Know About Business Capabilities (in a Nutshell)

Most organizations used to take process descriptions to describe their organization and their IT. Nowadays, organizations consider business capabilities to be more adequate for such purposes. In short, business capabilities describe what a company does, while processes describe, how a company does it. Also, business capabilities are a more stable and easier-to-understand framework than a traditional process landscape is. This enables a couple of fundamental use cases.

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How to Develop a Study Plan to Pass Level 1 and Level 2 of the TOGAF Exams

How to Develop a Study Plan to Pass Level 1 and Level 2 of the TOGAF Exams

This article provides a short summary about the TOGAF exams level 1 and 2, a link summary to everything that is important to know, such as where to find test questions, good summaries, and an evaluation of them, as well as many tips and tricks that I found out studying for the exams myself. By reading and following everything in this article and looking at the links, I am confident that you are perfectly prepared to take the TOGAF exams!

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4 Enterprise Architecture Artefacts Your Business Architecture Must Have

4 Enterprise Architecture Artefacts Your Business Architecture Must Have

Interestingly, there are even large companies out there that put very little to no effort in assessing, managing, and developing their business architecture within their enterprise architecture practice. It seems that, due to the very few benefits realized from business architecture in the short-term, the focus of enterprise architecture had been more on technology solutions, information, and data. With the rediscovery of enterprise architecture during the past few years, this seems to be changing and the result is a high demand for business architecture Expertise.

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What is TOGAF 9.2 (all you need to know)

What is TOGAF 9.2 (all you need to know)

TOGAF stands for “The Open Group Architecture Framework” and is today the most cited and reused knowledge book with detailed methods and tools for developing an enterprise architecture within a company. This post provides all information that you need to know and where to find further information.

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What is Enterprise Architecture and Which Capabilities Does an Organization Need?

What is Enterprise Architecture and Which Capabilities Does an Organization Need?

The purpose of Enterprise Architecture is to provide concepts and frameworks that guide architects to simplify and illustrate the IT landscape of organizations to increase overall transparency, alignment, governance, and enable harmonization efforts. In order to achieve this, enterprise architecture needs to consider the full IT landscape across applications, data, technologies, and infrastructures and also business elements, such as business processes and business capabilities. In the following, I provide an overview of the capabilities that an established and well-working enterprise architecture organization needs.

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The Most Valuable IT Certifications in 2019 Come From Amazon AWS

The Most Valuable IT Certifications in 2019 Come From Amazon AWS

It is amazing to see how Amazon’s certification programs for its AWS cloud have established themselves within the IT certification landscape. In 2019, AWS certifications have gained such a global popularity that exams can be taken now in four different languages (English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Mandarin), the number of searches for keywords such as “AWS certification” or “certified cloud practitioner” have never been higher, and AWS certifications have become resume highlights for employers.

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Understanding the AWS Well Architected Framework and the AWS Training Paths to Become Certified

Understanding the AWS Well Architected Framework and the AWS Training Paths to Become Certified

The cloud architected framework helps developers to create stable, secure, and efficient pieces of software (applications) for cloud environments. The framework has five main pillars, which are operational excellence, security, reliability, performance, and efficiency. For every pillar, AWS has defined principles that each and every developer should consider during his or her work. In order to tailor the relevant content for the right people, AWS has developed a rather complex trainings and certifications structure, which includes four major roles, several additional training paths, and a couple of certification levels. In the following, I provide a comprehensive overview of the trainings, certifications, and roles in order to help you understand what could be the next step for you.  

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What is TOGAF?

What is TOGAF?

Enterprise architects usually have the same opinion about that question: TOGAF is probably the most important and renown enterprise architecture concept. However, many people without IT or architecture experience hear “TOGAF” for the first time and struggle with understanding the concept as it inhibits quite some different aspects from which not all are very intuitive. Today’s article is for those who want to grasp a high-level understanding of “TOGAF” to understand if it is something that they should know about, can use, and hence should learn more about.

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How can Enterprise Architecture be Successful?

How can Enterprise Architecture be Successful?

Establishing an enterprise architecture management (EAM) practice within an organization is challenging due to a couple of reasons: Benefits can only be seen in the long-term, the scope of activities is usually quite comprehensive and needs to involve many different stakeholders, and business and IT have to not only talk, but also listen to each other. In order to overcome such challenges, I have listed my top 10 success factors for an enterprise architecture management practice in this post.

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Why You Should NOW Start Learning From China’s Economy

Why You Should NOW Start Learning From China’s Economy

China’s economy is steadily increasing in importance and it is likely that it will be the globally most important one in the near future. Yet, it is fascinating, how little people outside China know about an industry, that has brought up totally different players than the markets in the rest of the world. The more the US has to deal with what its current president is destroying, the clearer the strength of the Chinese long-term strategy becomes. Only if we learn from the ones that are different from us, the ones that choose new ways of doing things, and the ones that are more successful in what they do, we can learn, adapt, and improve ourselves. 

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Digital Farming Platforms are Emerging

Digital Farming Platforms are Emerging

The Digital transformation is bringing people together on one platform that could earlier not talk or interact with each other. In the retail industry, eBay and Alibaba are just two of many examples. In the healthcare industry, there are online platforms like Lloyds Pharmacy from celesio that enable an online doctor-patient interaction. For Digital Farming, there is as well a lot of potential for farmers, suppliers, customers, and collaboration partners to interact, make business, and benefit from each other.

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Farms become Digital: A Solution for Efficiency Gains of World’s Food Production

Farms become Digital: A Solution for Efficiency Gains of World’s Food Production

There is a tremendous potential for using Digital solutions today and many farmers and specialized service providers are just about to start exploring them. Some of those services are adapted from other industries and some are rather new concepts. In both cases, I believe that they will not only bring food production efficiencies, but can also be food for thought for new service ideas.

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5 Things You Should Do If You Want to Work in Digital/ IT Without Experience

5 Things You Should Do If You Want to Work in Digital/ IT Without Experience

Many people know the chicken and egg problem when it comes to getting a job in an area where they have little or no experience, but every job position in that area asks for at least several years. Here are a few tips to follow if you are a business school graduate and would like get into a position that requires more Digital/ Technology/ IT related knowledge than you can offer.

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How to Pass the TOGAF Exams – Level 1 and Level 2

How to Pass the TOGAF Exams – Level 1 and Level 2

There are many reasons why becoming certified in TOGAF makes sense. The two most important ones are probably 1) to get or improve the skills that are needed in an (enterprise) architecture role and 2) to benefit from the positive signaling effect that a certification has on potential employers or customers. In this post, I will provide an overview of the certification exams, a concrete study plan, an overview of all material you need, and what it takes to clear the levels. 

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How to Adapt an Enterprise Architecture Framework to Today’s Digital Environment?

How to Adapt an Enterprise Architecture Framework to Today’s Digital Environment?

As most of today’s architecture frameworks are quite old (from the 80s and 90s), many companies ask for adaptions to it or even do not believe in the benefit of such frameworks at all. In this post, I will suggest a modernized framework that takes into account what today’s companies need to consider and that better fits to today’s business environment. 

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