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Building the Agile Enterprise - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123744456, 9780080560083

Building the Agile Enterprise

1st Edition

With SOA, BPM and MBM

Author: Fred Cummins
Paperback ISBN: 9780123744456
eBook ISBN: 9780080560083
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 26th September 2008
Page Count: 336
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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

  1. The Agile Enterprise Common business challenges The modern ecosystem A new way of thinking Agility enablers SOA Maturity Model CSFs on the journey to agility
  2. Service Oriented Architecture Business services SOA infrastructure Defining services Enterprise transformation SOA Challenges
  3. Business Processes in a SOA Process concepts Process modeling Operating modes
    Processes in SOA Choreography
  4. Business Rules Types of Rules Implications of SOA Rules management
  5. Enterprise Information Management Agile enterprise requirements Logical data model Data exchange Business intelligence services Master data management Knowledge management
  6. SOA Security What makes SOA different? Encryption and signatures Identification and authentication Authorization Role-based access control (RBAC) XACML Policies Access control administration Federation of trust domains Accountability and non-repudiation Monitoring, logging, alerts and audits Vulnerability scanning and intrusion detection
  7. The SOA Organization Structure How is SOA different? Service unit types Hierarchy design factors Organization specifications Organizational transformation
  8. Event Driven Agility Event resolution business framework Origins of events Identification of events of interest Sources of Event notices Event notification infrastructure Event resolution processes
  9. Governance Benefits SOA Governance Framework Strategic Planning Enterprise intelligence
    Business Architecture Audit and Risk Assessment Enterprise Transformation Standards and technology Information Technology services Finance & Accounting services Purchasing services Human resource management services Product Value Chains
  10. Business Models Business modeling viewpoints Modeling tool standards
    Enhanced modeling capabilities Tactical solutions


In the last ten years IT has brought fundamental changes to the way the world works. Not only has it increased the speed of operations and communications, but it has also undermined basic assumptions of traditional business models and increased the number of variables. Today, the survival of major corporations is challenged by a world-wide marketplace, international operations, outsourcing, global communities, a changing workforce, security threats, business continuity, web visibility, and customer expectations. Enterprises must constantly adapt or they will be unable to compete.

Fred Cummins, an EDS Fellow, presents IT as a key enabler of the agile enterprise. He demonstrates how the convergence of key technologies—including SOA, BPM and emerging enterprise and data models—can be harnessed to transform the enterprise. Cummins mines his 25 years experience to provide IT leaders, as well as enterprise architects and management consultants, with the critical information, skills, and insights they need to partner with management and redesign the enterprise for continuous change. No other book puts IT at the center of this transformation, nor integrates these technologies for this purpose.

Key Features

  • Shows how to integrate and deploy critical technologies to foster agility
  • Details how to design an enterprise architecture that takes full advantage of SOA, BPM, business rules, enterprise information management, business models, and governance
  • Outlines IT's critical mission in providing an integration infrastructure and key services, while optimizing technology adoption throughout the enterprise
  • Illustrates concepts with examples and cases from large and small commercial enterprises
  • Shows how to create systems that recognize and respond to the need for change
  • Identifies the unique security issues that arise with SOA and shows how to deploy a framework of technologies and processes that address them


IT leaders, including CIOs and CTOs; enterprise architects and information systems architects; business modelers and business process modeling professionals in IT and in business management consulting.


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"Building the Agile Enterprise not only covers many corner stones of enterprise agility, it delivers an integrated view of how agility is enabled by policies and a business awareness supported by technology architecture/design patterns. Fred Cummins has hit the mark by aggregating the many tributaries of agility instead of picking one pattern and/or technology. This is a sophisticated and integrated atlas that is a challenge for IT professionals to implement, but a must for flourishing organizations."
~Jim Sinur, Vice President, Gartner

"Never before has technology been so close to the business. In fact, technology is becoming more and more embedded in the business. This means that change has to go hand in hand on both at the business and the technology side, — or that technology has to at least support the high demands of business change. In particular, enterprise agility is a major requirement for those organizations that want to succeed in this new world dominated by rapid change. Business are increasingly asked to change and to react quickly to changes in market conditions — look at what’s happening currently in the car manufacturing space with the increases in petrol prices or in the financial community with the sub-prime crises as just two examples. This book provides a marvelous, clear, and comprehensive road map of how key technologies such as service-oriented architecture, business process management, and model-based management are instrumental and key in realizing a truly agile enterprise. It explains why and how a structured and strategic approach to SOA, along with the adoption of other available paradigms and technologies, can enable future enterprise agility. As Fred suggests, this is a must-read for CIOs, enterprise architects, and IT management in general that is embracing transformation and innovation programs; I would go further and say that some key chapters will make great reading for CxOs outside IT and in the driving seat of the enterprise."
~Diego Lo Giudice, Principal, Forrester Research

"The author, Mr. Cummins, has already made a tremendous contribution to the discipline of Enterprise Business Management through his leadership in the development of business modeling standards as a co-chair of the Object Management Group's Business Modeling and Integration Domain Task Force. This book breathes life into those standards, with simple and clear explanations of how to apply these and other information technology standards in what is described as the Agile Enterprise, incorporating and expounding upon the most important trends in the advancement of information technology, such as Service Oriented Architecture and Business Process Management, culminating in a what he defines and explains as the discipline of Model Based Management. The authors level of experience is obvious from the generous use of industry examples and analogies. A must read for business leaders that need to demystify these technologies and standards, and other agents of enterprise transformation and adaptation!"
~George Thomas, Enterprise Chief Architect, US General Services Administration (GSA)

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About the Author

Fred Cummins

Fred Cummins , is currently an independent consultant and business systems architect. He is an active member of the Object Management Group as co-chair of the Business Modeling and Integration Task Force, co-chair of the Business Architecture Special Interest Group and co-chair of the Value Delivery Modeling Language Finalization Task Force. He was a leader in the development of the VDML (Value Delivery Modeling Language) and the CMMN (Case Management Model and Notation) specifications. He is a member of the board of LEADing Practice that is the provider of reference enterprise standards based on industry research by the Global University Alliance. Mr. Cummins has authored three books and a number of professional papers, and is inventor on 14 US patents. He was previously a Fellow with EDS and Hewlett Packard. He has consulted and developed systems in multiple industries including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, transportation, telecommunications, insurance and government. Throughout his career he has applied advanced systems technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

EDS Fellow, independent consultant and business systems architect., MI, USA