Welcome to the Papers section of EAPJ. This section features papers produced by students and practitioners that allow a case-study style approach to the treatment of problems faced by Enterprise Architects worldwide. Have a look through the papers listed below. I’m sure you you’ll find something insightful and useful.

The Reconstruction of Sears Holdings Utilizing Enterprise Architecture

By Eric Zorn

University of Denver, University College student Eric Zorn writes about Sears Holdings, and its struggles to remain viable in the current world of constant technological reinvention in the retail sector. Eric shows how, by using an EA-based approach, aligned with other established approaches such as ITIL and Agile, and based on the use of Big Data technologies, Sears can rebuild itself and deliver on its promise to customers.

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Using EA in an Engineering Services Company to Improve Operations

By Erin Culp

In this latest student paper by GIS Analyst and Environmental Scientist, Erin Culp, we take a look at a large Engineering Services multi-national, which has undergone considerable change. Through the application of Enterprise Architecture, Erin looks at ways the organization can improve its operations in areas such as business process consolidation, data security and knowledge management. These are areas of concern for many organizations, so it makes for a broadly applicable case study.

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Using EA to Improve Learning in a Healthcare Organization

By Nancy Randall

It’s a well understood fact that the cost of healthcare delivery has become a significant problem in many developed countries.There are numerous issues causing this, some systemic, some more localised. In this new paper from Nancy Randall, we take a close look at one specific area of unnecessary cost within a large healthcare organisation; eLearning.

The topic of eLearning is one that many organisations have to deal with, and the larger the organization, the more problematic it seems to become. This can manifest in terms of excessive effort, proliferation of solutions and their associated licensing costs, and inconsistency in outcomes. When some of this includes legislative obligations, or care outcomes, the stakes become even higher.

Through this particular lens, the author suggests the use of Enterprise Architecture techniques to understand the problem, evaluate solutions, and make positive change. Use the button below to read more.

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Enterprise Architecture in Emergency Services

By Brenden Hyde

There are some services we rely on to “just work” when we need them. There are none more important to those in an emergency situation, than the 911 service. That said, we rarely stop to think about what makes this type of service function.

In this fascinating look at one such service provider, author Brenden Hyde applies the TOGAF framework to determine how the organization can be improved, covering all aspects of its operation from process and structure, to systems and infrastructure.

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Can Enterprise Architecture Save the Dinosaurs

By Allison Adolpshon

In this highly original and creative paper, Allison Adolphson uses the lens of Enterprise Architecture to look at the problems that beset the original Jurassic Park facility in the seminal 1993 movie of the same name. In understanding the circumstances that unfolded throughout that movie, Allison identifies key areas of change needed to ensure that future operations don’t fall prey (pun intended) to the same issues. This not only identifies areas of technological challenge, but business operations, strategic alignment and more. A thoroughly enjoyable and unique take on the application of EA practices.

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Application Improvements through EA

In this paper, the author takes an in-depth look at issues that exist in their company, particularly in the space of business efficiency as a consequence of a poor-fit application environment. Through the application of an Enterprise Architecture based approach, a holistic view is formed of how incremental improvements need to be made that can result in better outcomes for the organization, its employees and business partners, and its customers.

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Enterprise Architecture at the County Library

By Mark Kuhn

In this brief but informative paper from Mark Kuhn, we get an insight into some of the current challenges faced by a stalwart of American civilisation; the County Library.

In this paper, Mark uses the concepts from Enterprise Architecture to propose some solutions that could help rebuild the relevance of these institutions, and begin an upward cycle of investment, designed to ensure they continue to serve local communities everywhere.

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Architecture for the US Army Human Resources Enterprise

By Seth Dorris

The Department of the Army (DA) is an agency of the Federal Government that has an established enterprise architecture program per the Clinger-Cohen act of 1996. However, the DA does not recognize its own business units as enterprises which require their own EA to completely integrate IT into the decision-making process and maximize the value of IT investments.

This paper examines one such business unit, human resources, and describes how an EA program can be developed that will nest neatly underneath the existing architecture for the DA and help optimize integrations, decrease IT risks, lower IT costs, and simplify the IT landscape.

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EA-based review of US Department of Housing and Urban Development

By Dimitar Georgiev

In March 2012, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued testimony about the increasing imbalance between the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) growing mission and its IT environment capabilities. GAO identified a lack of sound management controls such as IT strategic planning, investment management, enterprise architecture and human capital planning. Although between 2009 and 2012, HUD has made noticeable progress, some problems remain poorly addressed.

This paper takes a step further, looking at the GAO’s findings in more depth, in an attempt to extract and analyze more specific issues. This includes stove-piped, nonintegrated IT systems, a technology stack polluted with antiquated technologies, lack of architecture governance and controls, and lack of adequate metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).

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EA-based Assessment of Organizational Readiness for US 2020 Census

By Brianna Titone

The US Census is one of the most important facets of the US democracy which is mandated by the Constitution. The Census Bureau has been aggressively moving into the 21st century by implementing many new EA systems that will eventually save the Bureau billions for the decennial census. Budgetary constraints, insufficient training, and lack of leadership are hindering EA completion. At the current rate, EA systems will not be adequately tested before doing the decennial census. Without changes in management, training and budget investment, there is an uncertain future of the success of the 2020 Census.

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Proposed EA Solutions for Industry 4.0 Manufacturing

By Cole Rogers

The vision of Industry 4.0 organizations involves complex highly integrated IT systems. This vision can strongly benefit from the fundamental principles of Enterprise Architecture that enable organizations to ‘achieve the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation’ (The Open Group 2011). One aspect of the Industry 4.0 vision is the potential increased enterprise-wide usage of process simulations and virtual prototypes. These simulation-based information assets have traditionally been siloed within product development departments. Through the application of EA principles Industry 4.0 organizations can derive increased value from these assets by freeing them from their silos and increasing the potential for their application across the enterprise.

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Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Startup Organizations

By Andrea Pudlo

Enterprise Architecture (EA) can greatly benefit all kinds of organizations. However, companies that are in the developmental stage, like Airborne Wireless Networks (AWN), are in a unique position to reap even greater rewards from applying an EA framework to its initiatives. Ross, Weill, and Robertson (2006, 9) define EA as the “organizing logic” behind tying a company’s information technology (IT) infrastructure to its business processes with the ultimate goal of more effectively achieving current and future business objectives. Although a startup organization will not have accumulated an assortment of legacy systems and processes that make integration and standardization within a business difficult at best, this type of company can benefit by incorporating EA from day one to gain more business advantages.

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Evolving Productivity with IT Asset Lifecycle Management and Configuration Management

By Brandon Rose

As the business grows, the tasks that were once tolerable, soon become burdensome. This is especially apparent in a business where silos prevent the true end-to-end view of work flows and processes. Asset and configuration management are two pain points that multiple business units participate in, but have constant hurdles due to its age, lack of automation and missing interactions with other vital applications.

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