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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 a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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), and several software and web development positions.

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