Geometric Shapes for Enterprise Architectsposted by Anna Mar, July 20, 2011
What are Enterprise Architects passionate about? Technology? Business? Communication? How about geometric shapes?
There are certain shapes that seem to have the power to communicate architectural concepts — these shapes gain popularity with EAs everywhere.
10. QuadrantsGreat for separating the good, bad and the ugly (and the boring). Gartner's magic quadrant is the prime example.
9. PyramidsIllustrate hierarchies. Often used for maturity models — climbing the pyramid of maturity.
8. Torus (Donut shape)Good for cyclical processes (think TOGAF ADM).
7. CloudsWhat better way to hide details than in a cloud?
6. ArrowsWhich way does your architecture flow?
5. CylindersCylinders have long been the universally accepted shape for a database.
4. CirclesCircles have little architectural meaning but people use them nonetheless.
3. GridsGood for voluminous data.
2. BoxesIt's amazing what an Enterprise Architect can hide in a box.
1. LinesGive an EA lines and boxes and they will show you the world of technology and business.
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