New IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF) – Assessment Tool Released

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) at the National University of Ireland (NUI) has launched the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF)

industrial_frameworkIt is said to provide a concise management roadmap to optimize business value derived from IT investments. This framework is postioned as a tool that can be used to deliver greater business value from IT while reducing the complexity of IT choices for CIOs.


According to IVI, the IT-CMF provides a management roadmap to optimize business value derived from IT investments. IT-CMF provides an integrated roadmap that:

  • Leverages the power of existing best practices
  • Open Innovation: is being developed by a diverse consortium of academic and business leaders
  • Is being tested in the real world at every stage of development
  • An actionable approach that helps IT design, deliver and manage for business value

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Comparison of Zachman, TOGAF and PeaF – Survey Results

I am continually faced with Organisational and IT related complexity of customers I work with on a daily basis.

As most readers would know, the fundamental purpose of an EA Framework (and associated method(s)) is to manage complexity through visibility, abstraction and governanace and therefore it is important that the framework and method are not overly complex.  

Following up on from a previous post about the new Pragmatic Enterprise Aritecture Framework (PeaF), I thought that interested readers would find the survey results comparing Togaf v9, Zachman and PeaF enlightening.

The founders of PeaF have published the results of how TOGAF v9, Zachman and PeaF compare and the highlevel results are reflected in the graph below.  The data does not say how many contributors were surveyed or what their demographics were but according to the published results on the website, PeaF is smaller and less complex, whilst being easier to use and covering more of the scope of EA.



Underpinning these results is a data table (shown below).

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eTOM and ITIL Resources – Process Map Templates

For those of you interested in understanding and adopting Frameworks as part of organisational transformation, this will be of interest.

Both ITIL and eTOM have become more than industry specific reference frameworks. ITIL has been widely adopted across may industries. eTOM has its roots in the Telecommunications industry but is quickly evolving into a more generic reference model that can be selectively be applied to other industries.

I have to state at the outset that this is not a  “plug” for the associated TaskMap product and I have no experience of using it. That said, here are some links to ITIL and eTOM sample templates and online process maps.

This presentation explains the synergies and gaps that exist between eTOM and ITIL.

ITIL Resources

eTOM Resources

Feel free to let me know of any others that can be shared.

Business Process Management (BPM) Standards – A Quick Start Presentation

As part of the selection of primer/tutorial presentations that I have found in my Cyber travels, I thought I would highlight this one from Michael zur Muehlen,  an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology who has developed a few of these over the past couple of years.

The presentation focusses on BPM standards for those who are not familiar with the concepts. It explores how standards are developed and adopted as well as some of the details for the more commonly known standards bodies and e.g. BPMN, XPDL, BPEL etc.

As further reading have a look at:


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What is Enterprise Architecture? – An EA Quick Start Presentation

As a quick intro for people not familiar with Enterprise Architecture, have a look at this 60 second presentation that explains some of the highlevel concepts.

As further reading have a look at:

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The Open Group TOGAF 9 makes its debut

The Open Group released TOGAF 9 earlier this month. All the details are available on the Open Group website for those who are interested. This post briefly shares the highlights and differences but is not a complete indepth analysis.

Version 9  builds on Version 8.1.1 with quite a bit that is new and is a significant milestone for TOGAF. It now comprises seven parts:

  • Introduction
  • Architecture development method (ADM)
  • ADM guidelines and techniques   New!
  • Architecture content framework    New!
  • Architectural reference models  
  • Architectural capability framework    New!


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“Cutting EA to the Bone” – The Pragmatic Enterprise Architecture Framework (PeaF)

Not having posted something for a while I thought it would be a good start to the New Year and share a free Christmas gift with those of you are Enterprise Architects or involved with/in delivering Business/IT transformation and/or alignment.

The PeaF website positions it in the following way:pragmaticea2

PeaF has been formulated over a large number of years by understanding what works and what does not work in a pragmatic sense.

PeaF provides a quick start toolkit necessary to begin and sustain an Enterprise Architecture programme of work for organisations seeking to infuse and reap the benefits EA can bring.

Where TOGAF is huge and Zachman is chiefly a taxonomy, PeaF cuts to the heart of what is needed to begin reaping the benefits of Enterprise Architecture. More than just a classification scheme or descriptive content, it provides a toolkit consisting of the vision, communication materials, maturity matrix, risks, plans, Metamodel, principles, processes and metrics required to hit the ground running.

Have a look at the look at the following site:

Please give feedback so that as the author puts it “The more people that are aware of it, and critique it, the better it will be for everyone.”

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