Introduction

CEISAR has devoted itself for 6 years to Enterprise Architecture

CEISAR (Center of Excellence in Enterprise Architecture www.ceisar.org) has written white papers on the subject of Entreprise Architecture for 6 years.
Enterprise Architecture is the overall Model of the Solutions that an Enterprise chooses to Produce, Distribute, manage its Resources and its performance. Its global vision enables it to provide a coherent framework in which the different Enterprise Solutions are included. This framework enables us to gain in simplicity, agility and synergy and requires a structure to be set up that is independent of the Business side.

But a broader framework is needed

But, the accelerating pace of Enterprise Transformations is changing the rules of the game: Enterprise Architecture can no longer be isolated as a separate discipline from the strategy definition, Product policy or change management.

We have therefore tried to define a more general framework which sets out why and how to lead Transformations. Of course, Enterprise Architecture is part of that, but it is only one of the themes needed for successful Transformations. We have had to present the workings and Transformation of the Enterprise in its entirety to help with a multidisciplinary approach to Transformation: Strategists, Product designers, marketing, Solution builders whether they are on the Business or IT side, Organizers, trainers, HR managers... have to be involved in the same process, within project teams organized around a Goal to be reached.

A multidisciplinary Transformation language

There are many documents, works and articles that deal with these problems. Our objective is not to reinvent the wheel: we have tried to base ourselves on what is already available.

The biggest challenge when you cast your net wide is to be understandable by everyone. It is therefore no longer a question of using discipline-specific jargon: we have to share a rigorous and simple common language and the same vision of exactly what the Enterprise is.

Our only contribution is to have tried to present these themes using a common language where each concept is rigorously defined in a glossary.

In the form of a comic strip

Regarding the format, we were extremely surprised by the fact that one of the most downloaded white papers from CEISAR was the story of a baker who illustrates, in comic-strip form, the development of a bakery Enterprise. We used this story to introduce the main themes of Enterprise Architecture. We tried to compensate for the aridity of the subject with a touch of imaginativeness. We therefore "listened to our Customers" and used the same Model again to illustrate the broader theme of Enterprise Transformation.

To build the scenario, we began by listing the 78 essential themes that concern Transformation to organize them into a story in 10 acts, divided up into as many scenes and there are themes.
We turned to the Belgian comic strip illustrator, Tonu, whom we would like to thank for his work, his pedagogic input and his humor.

In view of the number of themes, we haven't tried to detail each one of them but simply to illustrate what we consider to be the main ideas in a document entitled "learn more".

George the Baker : Entrepreneur and Transformer

George the Baker is both an Entrepreneur and a Transformer : indeed, starting an Enterprise and carrying out large projects in existing Enterprises, use the same practices such as Modeling the Offer, Modeling the Operations, using new Transformation approaches... (subject covered here).

Who can use this story?

Our objective is to help those whose ambition it is to rapidly Transform Enterprises or to start new ones.

Everyone can therefore use this story, which is available royalty free under a "Creative Commons" license; you can even use it in training courses that you charge for: simply indicate the source and make no modifications to the original (but do not hesitate to post comments).

The story can be used, for example:

How to improve this story

We have initiated this story, defined a glossary of key terms and written the ideas that seem the most pertinent to us. But this initial version is far from being perfect. In particular, certain themes are not yet very developed and we need expert help to give substance to them. We would like to see others contribute to its development. We can keep the thread of the story but go into more detail on the recommendations of each scene.
Anyone can, via the "Comments" and "Contributions" sections, participate in enriching the story: to integrate your contributions, we will use the same language so as to keep overall consistency.
A French version is circulated in priority; an English version will follow the month after. We will try to maintain both versions if we have enough means, or if some people would like to help us with the translation. 
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