The Enterprise Architecture IT Project - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781903996386, 9780080531045

The Enterprise Architecture IT Project

1st Edition

The Urbanisation Paradigm

Authors: Christophe Longépé
eBook ISBN: 9780080531045
Hardcover ISBN: 9781903996386
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 2003
Page Count: 320
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The basis for an Enterprise Architecture IT project comes from the identification of the changes necessary to implement the enterprise or organisation’s strategy, and the growing information needs arising from this, which increases the demand for the development of the IT system.

The development of an IT system can be carried out using an urbanisation approach i.e. building an IT system using the metaphor of a city. This concept is based on the fact that in constructing or reorganising information systems, the reconstruction and modernisation involves permanent elements, as are found in a city. Although relatively new, this approach has been successfully employed in a number of projects over the past few years.

The practical approach given in this book allows enterprises or organisations trying to safeguard the efficiency of their IT system, while minimising costs and risk, to implement the theory and put it into practice.


Chief Executive Officers, Chief Information Officers, business department directors, IS department managers, IT systems academics, and business and technical consultants

Table of Contents

  1. Foundations: identifying necessary changes; safeguarding coherence and improving the efficiency of the IT system; improving speed of installation; the metaphor of the city; concepts and rules; urbanism of the city and IT systems; urbanism rules; the infrastructure.
  2. Illustration of the approach: i. the tour operator case study. ii. Urbanism and strategy: harnessing and modelling the strategy; objectives model; enterprise diagram; case study. iii. urbanism and business processes: business processes cartography; process modelling; evaluation and improvement of processes; case study. iv. Urbanism and functional architecture: functional and business architecture; the urbanism rules; case study. v. urbanism and software architecture: software and functional architecture; software cartography; transition from target functional architecture to target software architecture; case study.
  3. The methodological approach: defining the target and the associated migration plan; construction of the solution; urbanisation process of IT system.
  4. The dynamic of the actors: the participants and their roles; skills, techniques and tools; new approach to relationship between project ownership and management; the urbanism focus group.


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About the Author

Christophe Longépé

Christophe Longépé is Executive Business Consultant and Director of the IT strategy department at SchlumbergerSema Consulting. He is also in charge of the Enterprise Architecture programme at the IMI (Information Management Institute, University of Technology at Compiegne, France). His work now focuses on Enterprise Architecture design, where his activity objectives are to allow enterprises and major administration to focus their investments on the major stakes and thus preserve their previous investments while minimising risk with a controlled and gradual overhaul of existing systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Business Consultant and Director of the IT strategy department at SchlumbergerSema Consulting, and head of the Enterprise Architecture programme at the Information Management Institute, University of Technology at Compiegne, France

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