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  February/March 2012

  Is Enteprise Architecture a solution or cover-up? by James Lapalme

  Who should be Chief Enterprise Architect? by Badar Munir

  IT Risk defined (or not?) by Rubina Polovina

  Information Security Risks - Part 1 by Suzana Stojakovic Celustka

  Letter from your host by Rubina Polovina


Is Enteprise Architecture a solution or cover-up?

For some time now, I have been pondering the question, “Does enterprise architecture introduce anything new which hasn’t already been proposed by modern business management practices?” Some readers might be asking themselves, “What is the relationship between modern business management and enterprise architecture? Where is he going with this?” To begin, I personally make a clear distinction between enterprise architecture and enterprise IT architecture. For me, the former is about “architecting” the whole enterprise in order to achieve performance, coherency and sustainability. The latter is about “architecting” only the IT portion of the enterprise [mostly] under the constraints of the non IT portions. My question is about enterprise architecture and not enterprise IT architecture.

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Who should be Chief Enterprise Architect?

As Enterprise Architecture matures and focuses on solving complex and strategic issues facing enterprises, a dilemma often arises: what are the skills, personality attributes and core competencies an individual should possess to perform the critical role of successfully leading an Enterprise Architecture program? Before answering, it would be important to understand EA program’s dimensions and its executive stakeholders’ expectations.

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IT Risk defined - or not?

Could IT failures be limited or avoided? In plain English, risk is defined as possibility of loss or injury (Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary.) Therefore, managing uncertainty by predicting, preventing and responding to the unwanted and detrimental situation – failures should be the essence of IT risk management. However, there is no unique and formal definition of IT risk that is accepted across the IT industry.

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Software Security Risks - Part 1

The present time is characterized by innovation as an element of the new economy. In software production, innovation is an important engine of growth. However, the need that new versions of software are rapidly replacing the old versions brings security concerns.

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Letter from your host

Welcome to the first issue of SysAffairs.

My name is Rubina Polovina and I launched SysAffairs as a venue where IT professionals, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, scientist, students, and enthusiasts can meet, share, and explore new ideas. I was encouraged by letters from around the world to launch SysAffairs. At the moment, this site is not affiliated with any institution, nor is it sponsored by anyone other than myself, and the contributions of its authors and visitors.

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