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ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE

Many neckless faces sprouted, and arms were wandering naked, bereft of shoulders, and eyes were roaming alone, in need of foreheads.

—Empedocles of Acragas, On Nature

It is right both to say and to think that it is what-is: for it is the case that it is, but nothing is not: these things I bid you to ponder.

—Parmenides of Elea, Fragments

Enterprise Architecture, the domain of the IT bureaucrats, is the place we must look for the solution to our Agile challenges. For it is in Enterprise Architecture, or EA, that we can attempt to “optimize the whole,” as Lean theory advises. EA is the place where we can view IT capabilities for what they truly are—an economic asset. We shall journey to the land of the template zombies ...

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