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Steve Else

A leading innovator, practitioner, educator, and trainer in Enterprise Architecture (EA) and related topics in the public and private sector for nearly 2 decades, Dr. Steve Else has many roles in the global strategic transformation community. The Founder and CEO of EA Principals, Inc. (EAP) and Decisive Strategies, Inc. (DSI) (both under the umbrella of Public-Private Enterprise, Inc.), Steve wrote his doctoral thesis on "Organization Theory and the Transformation of Large, Complex Organizations", which was published in 2010 as a book.

In addition to running EAP and DSI, he has established and leads the Enterprise and Solution Architecture Institute (ESAII) (under Center for Public-Private Enterprise, -- CPPE, which he founded in 1998). ESAII expands his professional outreach globally and will also allow for bringing together experts to mentor students on complex, innovative enterprise solutions approaches (going beyond just the enterprise architecture part of value delivery).

ESAII offers 3 levels of certification in EA and/or Enterprise Solutions Architecture (ESA) through its global offerings: Associate Certified Enterprise Architect, Certified Enterprise Architect and Master Certified Enterprise Architect or Master Certified Enterprise Solution Architect. In addition, ESAII is the owner of the EA Professional Journal.

Steve is committed to helping cross-pollinate best business and technology practices as well as innovation across the government and between the government and the private sector, and other organizations. As part of his work at CPPE, he founded and is executive editor for The Government Transformation Journal and was the founder and first executive editor of The EA Zone Journal.

Bringing a wealth of practical and academic experience to his EA and TOGAF® Certification Training, (TOGAF 9 Certified and having trained over 1000 professionals), he is also an ISEB Certified Enterprise and Solutions Architect, a Project Management Professional (PMP®), and a FEAC Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA).

Steve has served in key EA consulting/practitioner roles in both the private and public sectors, including BAE Systems, CSC, Dynamics Research Corporation, and Synectics for Management Decisions in the private sector; and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services in the public sector.

Teaching Enterprise Architecture, Business Intelligence, Information Systems Engineering Management, and Systems Engineering at the graduate level is a way Steve also contributes his knowledge and insights. He has also taught Systems Analysis and Design, Technology Forecasting and Assessments, Knowledge Management, and Project and Change Management over the span of several years.

A passionate participant in EA, IT and systems engineering professional communities, Steve is the Founder and Chair of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of Enterprise Architects and the Chair of the Intelligent Enterprises Working Group at the International Council on Systems Engineering (http://INCOSE.org ).

Steve is married and has 4 daughters. He worked professionally in French and German for years and remains deeply interested in the history of both countries and their relationship, including in modern European political affairs. His oldest daughter is raising her young family in Bordeaux, France.

2nd Issue of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal

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If you would like to be informed when new issues of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal (eapj.org) are published, please subscribe to our blog or our newsletter (found on our home page).  Rest assured, these subscriptions will be used exclusively to notify you about the Journal and related enterprise architecture blogs and news.

Featured in EAPJ Volume 1: April 2013:

  • Medical Center Operational Systems Data Integration
    Elizabeth Peacock
  • Proposal for Implementing an Enterprise Geographic Information System for Public Works and Utilities Infrastructure Data to be Utilized by Multiple Organizations
    Rob Burnes
  • Enterprise Architecture Steps Forward: Solutions Proposal For K3RI
    Kas Osterbuhr
  • Organization-Specific Enterprise Architecture Analysis of a Major Financial Services Sector Systems Provider
    Robert Wood
  • Organization-Specific Enterprise Architecture for Rotary International
    Stephanie Livsey 




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First Issue of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal

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We are pleased to announce the inaugural issue of The Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal (EAPJ.org).  This journal provides a whole new channel for practitioners and experts in enterprise architecture (EA) to showcase their original thinking through case studies and articles.  In addition, I will include articles about current trends and best practices in business and technology, often featuring reviews and syntheses of major Gartner® conferences, as well as interviews with leading companies and thinkers in these areas.  I will also feature book and other EA-resource reviews in upcoming issues.

The current EAPJ issue is based on work originally submitted as projects on actionable EA done at the University of Denver, University College. All the students used TOGAF as their EA framework, but the Journal promotes the use of all pragmatic EA and related frameworks for enterprise transformation and will have articles covering the gamut of such frameworks. I would like to thank the professionals submitting these articles for sharing their knowledge. 

The Journal will be published online on approximately a monthly basis, with several issues coming out, though, in quick succession in 2013, including a special issue on using enterprise architecture to enhance approaches to disaster recovery. Should you want to subscribe to a hard copy version, please contact us for more details.

If you would like to be informed about when new issues are published, please subscribe to our blog (at the top of the page) or our newsletter (found on our home page).  Rest assured, these subscriptions will be used exclusively to notify you about the Journal and related enterprise architecture blogs and news.

I welcome your ideas and feedback to help more knowledgeable people around the world to get published by the Journal, the Board of which consists of leading trainers, educators, and practitioners of EA.  If you would like to be considered to be a member of the editorial board, please contact me, Dr. Steve Else.  Besides being the founder and the Executive Editor of the Journal, I am also CEO of EA Principals, the Founder and Chair of the Association of Enterprise Architects – Washington, DC Chapter, and Assistant Director for Knowledge on the Technical Operations Board of the International Council of Systems Engineering. 

Please spread the word about this exciting new publication so that others can benefit from it and contribute to it.  You will find it to be a “friendly” publication, which – while ensuring the accuracy, originality, and integrity of the prospective pieces – will respect all submitters of work for publication, and will, to the extent possible, help contributors have their work published by suggesting timely and detailed feedback.


Featured In This First Issue of the EAPJ:

     *TOGAF® is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries


*      Enterprise Architecture - Moving Organization X Towards Their Strategic Objectives
     Sarah Nasser

*      Improving a Cloud Computing Initiative at a Non-Profit Organization
     Abi O’Neal

*      Solution-Oriented Enterprise Architecture (EA) Report for a Mid-Tier Federal Contracting Firm, Company ABC
     Robert S. Frey

*      Enterprise Architecture with Respect to an Enterprise Resource Planning System Installation
     Patrick Clifford






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EA Principals Continues to Expand Global EA-Related Offerings

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EA Principals now has a number of new global offerings to enhance your EA capabilities, including accredited ArchiMate 2 modeling language training, TOGAF and ArchiMate training in multiple languages (including French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian), and a course in EA for Systems Engineers. Summary information is provided below. Contact us or see our Courses pages for further information. 

EA and Systems Engineering - New Offering

EA Principals is working to build stronger relationships between the Enterprise Architecture and Systems Engineering communities. In July, its CEO, Dr. Steve Else, attended INCOSE's International Symposium 2012 in Rome, Italy. He is the Assistant Director for Knowledge for Technical Operations of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE -- http://incose.org).
EA Principals is offering a 4-day professional development course on Enterprise Architecture for Systems Engineers starting in October 2012 to help provide training leading to actionable knowledge for both enterprise architects and systems engineers, thereby bridging the two communities. Related to this kind of outreach, Dr. Else is participating in a conference at the Naval Postgraduate School in Phoenix, Arizona on August 23rd, presenting on the use of enterprise architecture for enterprise transformation.

Multiple Languages for TOGAF and ArchiMate Training Now Offered

EA Principals, through its network of associates, has a global footprint. Also, because of its translation team, it is able to offer TOGAF 8, TOGAF 9 and ArchiMate training in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian, with other languages to follow, depending on demand. If you would like any of these courses presented in your language, please let us know and we will arrange to make it happen within 2 months of your request.

Accredited ArchiMate 2 Training Now Offered Globally

EA Principals has an Accredited ArchiMate 2 training course that it is now offering globally. Please contact us if you would like to have a course onsite or online. The onsite course would run over 4 days (about 28 hours) and include the certification exam at the end of the 4th day. The onsite course would also include hands-on practice modeling with a modeling tool.
The online course could be customized to run over 4 or several days (including weekends), depending on what was required. Arrangements would be made separately for the required proctored exam, which is required, whether the course is face to face or online. Familiarity with ArchiMate would be through exercises assigned offline using drawing/modeling tools.
For either course, a Course Completion Certificate would be issued.

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Enterprise Architecture -- The Missing Ingredient for CIO Success?

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Enterprise Architecture -- The Missing Ingredient for CIO Success? 
by Steve Else, Ph.D.
Two recent Gartner books on the Chief Information Officer (CIO) put most of their attention on business leadership (these books are: Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, and The CIO Edge: Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results). Neither book mentions enterprise architecture at all, nor the imperative for the kind of agile, accelerated and holistic IT modernization and collaborative innovation that a mature EA practice can offer.
Whereas it is understandable, per the first book, Real Business of IT, that CIOs need to be focused on what business value their efforts lead to, and have effective communication programs regarding their maturing focus as they evolve from "Cheap Information Officer"to "Chief Improvement Officer",  their efforts are likely to fail if they do not excel at enterprise architecture. Also, while the most recent book, The CIO Edge, focuses on the need for outstanding leadership skills, there is only passing attention to technical or IT modernization skills.
The best road to being a successful CIO, in my opinion, is by being a successful enterprise architect. More attention needs to be paid to enterprise architecture by CIOs and those aspiring to be CIOs. As one colleague mentioned to me recently, one doesn’t look at a CFO and say, “What ultimately matters is how good a leader he/she is!” It is assumed that a CFO will have considerable depth in finance and accounting. Being a great business person, communicator and leader is far from being enough to be a successful and “highest performing” CIO. It is time to embrace enterprise architecture, including the critical role it has to play in IT modernization.
Supporting this view, consider the following:
“Most IT contract workers at Customs and Border Protection do not have the information technology skills the agency will need in the next few years as it modernizes its systems", a senior official said today.
"The bulk of the current contractor workforce of 3,268 people in CBP’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) needs to be more familiar with new technologies to help the agency transform itself", Ken Ritchhart, deputy assistant commissioner, said at a seminar today sponsored by the American Council for Technology-IndustryAdvisory Council.
“About 70 percent of the contractors are not qualified for the new target environment,” Ritchhart said. "Some will be able to retrain to become qualified, and some likely won’t be able to achieve that", he added.
“You need to retrain. That is quite doable,” Ritchhart said. “You cannot take the same folks we have and do it without training.”
However, CIOs should step up to the plate and insist on the type of IT modernization that EA can help deliver. Just retraining workers in IT without also training them in EA and placing them under a strong enterprise architect is still not likely to succeed. However, EA training is not uniform among different providers. Therefore, due diligence is appropriate to ensure that valuable time and resources committed to such training translates to actionable returns on value.
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