Welcome to Enterprisology

Welcome to this site for the study of enterprise in all its forms and dimensions.  One should look at this site as an organized repository for practitioners (consultants, architects, etc.)  -- not full of answers and prescriptions but rather a framework to generate questions. I present many ways to think about enterprises along with guidance as to when and how to address certain subjects.  I am putting this all forward as a gift of sorts. Not everyone will resonate with this.  Not many, actually.  But for those few who do, welcome!    

I have adopted "enterprisology", a little known and seldom used word, to signify the study of all aspects of enterprise.  I use it in place of terms like "business architecture" and "enterprise architecture" whose definitions are much in dispute, and where even the term architecture is divergently defined and used among practitioners and scholars.  I also introduce the term "enterprisography" (the ways of recording the results of enterprise studies).  The enterprisography section contains the main content of this site.

The views here are those of Doug McDavid, often called "me" or "I" throughout the site.  There's more about "me" here

NOTE:  I've turned off comments for now, since I'm unable to make Drupal work properly.  I apologize for that, but if you're here I'm sure we can figure out how to communicate!

A one-page view of architectures of interest

Even though I'm trying to shift the perspective from the endless debates about definitions of business architecture and enterprise architecture, this site is intended to be a contribution to those debates.  There are a lot of "one-page" architecture pictures floating around, so here is mine from some fairly recent work.  The key here is that, although pervasive, the architecture of information technology is a small subset of the architecture of enterprise.  This is keeping in mind that enterprises are largely information systems in their own right.

 

Enterprise and Environment

This section title provides the answer to the question "What do the two 'Es' stand for in your logo?"

 

This logo conveys the sprit of the study of enterprisology.  It focuses on one enterprise (indicated by the black "E").  it also recognizes that understanding of any enterprise is dependent on understanding how it is situated in its environment (indicated by the white "E").  This environment is largely constituted of other enterprise entities, as indicated by other ovals, directly or indirectly related to the enterprise in focus.  All of these ovals are rendered with dotted lines, to suggest that enterprises are open systems, admitting all kinds of inputs and outputs, including, but not limited to, the defining outcomes or effects that constitute the reason for being of the entity itself.

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