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Agile Architecture: Creating an “Anti-Framework”

I’ve been talking about my Agile Architecture approach for a few years now, both in my book, The Agile Architecture Revolution, and in blogs like this one. Now that I’m at Intellyx, it’s time to give this approach a name – so Bloomberg Agile Architecture it is.

But what is Bloomberg Agile Architecture (BAA)? True, it’s an approach, but that word doesn’t really tell you what it is. In fact, BAA is in essence a style of Enterprise Architecture (EA), in that it crystallizes a particular approach for implementing EA. So, should we call it a style the way SOA is (or should be) a style of EA or the way REST is a style of software architecture? Possibly, but BAA is more than that, because it goes well beyond the architectural constraints that define an architectural style, in that it doesn’t only include what you should do, but how you should do it.

Perhaps BAA is an architecture framework. Yet while BAA shares some characteristics in common with architectural frameworks like The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) or the Scaled Architecture Framework (SAFe), I’ve taken a different approach. The creators of these frameworks have taken a subtractive approach: in order to achieve a broad level of applicability, they have included many different options within their respective frameworks. Therefore, in order to make use of such a framework, the practitioner must pick and choose the elements of the framework that apply to their situation. Select the wrong elements for your problem area, or err on the side of caution and seek to implement too much of the framework at once, and your architecture initiative is likely to fail.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).