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Enterprise Architecture Days from a Customer Perspective

Before even starting I need to commend Gretchen Lindquist on a fine job of summarizing the EA days as the local SAP Mentor and ASUG volunteer extraordinare!  Here are posts from last weeks event in Houston, TX, USA which were great…  The specified item was not found. and The specified item was not found..

As I look back on the event with over 50 attendees and having the privilege to work through the evaluation forms the feedback was very positive.

Don Hodde gave a wonderful overview of how Shell is structured from a global perspective and how the ETAP (Enterprise Technology, Architecture and Portfolio) team reports to a group of Business CIOs.  The group of CIO’s span the different entities of the Shell business. 

A quick overview of the ETAP responsibilities include:

  1. Managing technology investigations required for business initiatives
  2. Collaborating with Business architecture team members which has evolved over time.  It’s amazing what happen when you get together and just talk once in a while
  3. Ownership and maintenance of the Shell EA Framework, Group Architecture Principles, standards and architecture roadmaps.
  4. Managing the governance of the team activites and artifacts through multiple governance committees to recommend 1) Ownership and maintenance of reference models 2) Architecture and standards for Business, Application, Data, Integration, and Technical architectures 3) Govern QA, Business Unit, and ETAP input to the sponsorship team to manage change to the framework, principles, standards, and roadmaps.

I also noted that the Shell EAF is pretty intuitive and simple, where all artifacts are stored in a central repository

  • Business Requirements
  • Functional/Non-Functional requirements
  • Information Architecture
  • Technical Architecture

Just a quick overview of Shells EA practice.  I will continue to report on in detail some of the presentations as we go from city to city… Next stop Calgary, AB Canada…

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