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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The ultimate goal of enterprise architecture

In the Vlerick Corporate Partnership Magazine of September 11' I was
surprised to read the following :

"The ultimate goal of Enterprise Architecture is to implement a
business strategy with an IT roadmap" Joachim Vanden Brande, Loqutus.

With all respect I have to Joachim (I know him a little bit) I
disagree with that statement : Entreprise Architecture is about the
Entreprise, not about IT. Otherwise it's called IT architecture.

To me EA is also applicable to companies which have no IT. All
enterprises have an architecture regardless of the use of IT.
Enterprises of the middle ages had an enterprise architecture.

The mix between IT and Enterprise Architecture has 2 main causes:
- IT has methods and techniques that strongly connect with the
enterprise. IT has user repositories, IT knows about all locations to
protect them with access control (badges), IT knows about the customers
via CRM, IT knows about suppliers via EDI...

- IT has become an important and sometimes central element of the
enterprise architecture. For example, there are few banks who could
operate without computers (but banks existed before computers, right...)

The ultimate goal of Entreprise Architecture is to help the enterprise
to better know itself in order to define the right strategy to achieve
its goals.


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Jean-Francois Declercq
http://www.appe.biz/contact
+32 486 744 520

Thursday, November 10, 2011

ING change ses services à la baisse et ça m'énerve

Tout fout le camp. J'ai l'impression qu'il y en a pas mal qui sont en train de revoir leurs niveaux de service pour faire face à la crise et conserver leur rentabilité. Du style "pot de Yaourt plus petits au même prix". Le meilleur exemple que j'ai pour l'instant est ING.

Je viens de recevoir coup sur coup plusieurs changements inattendus et embêtants de leur part.

Tout d'abord depuis plusieurs années j'étais content de ma VISA et de mon compte Flexis associé qui me permettait de rembourser mes frais VISA quand je le voulais. En un coup, la collaboration avec VISA s'est arrêtée et j'ai dû prendre une nouvelle... Mastercard avec de nouvelles conditions.

Récement, un premier email nous annonce des changements importants sur les comptes en banque. Il y a toute une série de frais qui se rajoutent. Par exemple, si je vais maintenant retirer de l'argent dans un "self" KBC, je vais payer 50 cents.

Un deuxième email, m'annonce que vu les "problèmes de sécurité sur Internet", les cartes de crédit ne permettront plus de faire des transactions de plus de 650€ par jour. Si l'ont veut plus, on doit prendre rendez-vous à l'agence ! Cela me cause directement un problème par rapport à un cas d'utilisation très important pour moi  : acheter des voyages Last Minute sur Internet. Pour deux personnes, même un city-trip ca peux dépasser 650€. Autant payer avec Home-Bank alors... Je supprime ma Mastercard ?

Je peux aussi rajoute que sur un compte Lion "Professionnel" on ne peux pas obtenir d'extraits de comptes ni au self Bank, ni via la poste...

Ça fait de plus en plus de petites contrariétés et, ca n'arrive pas souvent,  ça m'énerve.

Je commence à me demander si devrais-je aller visiter une autre Banque ? Ou est-ce une tendance générale du secteur Bancaire ?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

7 years to achieve my goal

After 7 years of playing Water-Polo, the game had no secrets anymore for me. I could organize the team when it was disorganized. I could tell the other players what to do. I could influence the team by putting the fastest in the attack and place the others in order to slow down the other team. I had a complete vision on the game: players, rules, tactics, tricks. The only things that I could improve was swimming (more training and less beers) and technique. Look at me scoring a goal on Youtube...
 
 
After more than 7 years working on "Middelware" (Portals, ECM, SOA, BPM), I feel I "master" those topics. I know ho to setup a team, how to start, how to make all kind of specifications, scope and estimate the hardware, the software, the project. I know most of the solutions, the competition and the prices. I have a feeling on how much the solution is worth in function of the Business Value...
 
In 2010 I started new activities in the field of "Digital Reading". I learned about eBooks, eBookStores, newsstands, digital magazines, epub, epaper, the kindle format, Library Systems, iPad Apps, Android... In 2011 I won my first projets and I feel like it's when I was a new Water-Polo player. I enjoy the game but I have not yet all elements in hands. I still need to meet important players, integrate some complex rules, play more matches...
 
I believe it will take me 7 years to achieve my goal: become a WorldWide expert in the field of Digital Reading (eReading).
 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Note: People in the metro are so closed

People in the metro are so closed.  100 people in a wagon and nobody interacts.  Am I the only one who looks around and sees the others ?
Aren't we all loosing something by remaining silent ?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Top Down / Bottom Up

If you want to define great winning projects, you need to be able to reconcile a top-down and a bottom-up analysis.