Building the Agile Enterprise

Building the Agile Enterprise

With SOA, BPM and MBM

1st Edition - September 26, 2008

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  • Author: Fred Cummins
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123744456
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080560083

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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.

Table of Contents

  • Contents
    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
    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
    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
    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2008
  • Published: September 26, 2008
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123744456
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080560083

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

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