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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BPMN Tutorials, Patterns and Resources

drawFollowing on from my earlier post on BPMN modeling related reference material, I thought I would also share this animated quick start BPMN modeling and patterns tutorial I came across at

Note: Download Adobe Reader here to view slides and animations.

 If interested, also have a look at this comprehensive mini BPMN Learning Guide and resource list. It has various links to articles, tutorials and modelling tools.

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.

BPMN – FREE Quick Reference Cheat Sheet & Visio Stencil

For those of you who are new to Business Process Management Notation (BPMN) or have years of experience, this free poster will be a useful resource.


The BPMN poster is based on BPMN Specification 1.0 and the poster’s source file is available from Sourceforge’s repository.

UPDATE 01/02/2010: BPMN Version 2.0 poster can be downloaded here:

eClarus – Roundtripping Business Process and SOA Modeling

I recently had an opportunity to review the eClarus Business Process Modeler from eClarus Software. I found it to be an intuitive, very feature rich and versatile tool mainly targeted to business analysts and developers who are designing and developing SOA solutions.

The product suite is positioned as a tool that is standards based and enables roundtrip business process and SOA modelling. eClarus is available is targeted at two categories of user:

  • Business Analysts
  • SOA Architects

The product has some interesting capabilities that can definitely be useful to individual users and small teams. The integration with other products e.g. Eclipse  (using a plugin) is especially useful, even though it tends to be  focused at development teams and the related tools sets used for configuration management etc.

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Process Management and Business Rules – Quick Start Presentation

Another primer/tutorial presentation on how Business Process and Business Rules are used in combination.

It is 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. I am posting them mainly for those who are new to be BPM and are not familiar with the concepts.

As further reading have a look at:


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Presentation contents Copyright of the Michael zur Muehlen