An organization is like a living organism. The architecture of an organism’s internal structures must allow that organism to thrive within the environment in which it is operating. These “internal structures” within an organism might be organs or tissues; in an organization, though, they are the “information systems”.
As an organism’s environment changes, its internal systems and structures must adapt. We will use this analogy as a starting point to discuss the “why” and “what” questions of enterprise architecture for information systems in organizations. To begin this process, we must switch from the traditional EA approach of looking only at internal factors, to a new, holistic view that considers the external environment. In other words, while most EA discussions are “inside-out,” in this book, we will attempt to go “outside-in.”
Capturing the Organization Organism:Outlines a structure for organizations which is common to all organizations, regardless of the enterprise that they are involved with. Uses data subject areas from one part of enterprise architecture, the enterprise data model artifact, to describe what is internal and what is external to the organization. Provides connections between what is external and what is internal. This means describing how change is transmitted from external to internal environments, and how that change affects the architecture. Defines the enterprise architecture of business functions and business application systems that, at a broad level, are common to all organizations. Explores how common business application systems for organizations need to be different due to the different business environments in which they operate. Explains the integration requirements across an organization’s business application systems, and how to address these requirements with a disparate COTS-based portfolio, while also exploring the Artificial Intelligence (AI) possibilities of an integrated environment. Reveals six key questions to help get started in understanding the organization and its operating environment.
Having started his career in industrial relations in the Australian shipping industry, John eventually grew frustrated listening to “people problems.” He decided to switch to programming computers, where the problems were solvable (at least, until SQL Cartesian products came along). From there, John never refused a new challenge, venturing into data analysis and data management, then enterprise architecture, onto project management, and finally senior consulting. His consulting work landed him in various roles and organizations, mainly telecoms companies, in many different countries. On one such gig in the mid 1990’s during a serious discussion (lubricated with beer), a question was asked that John felt compelled to answer. There were some things outside organizations that drove changes to their enterprise architectures – but what were these and what were the links? John’s search for the answer to this question led him to even more unique experiences in different places, and finally to the writing of this book.
The CISSP certification is the most prestigious, globally-recognized, vendor neutral exam for information security professionals. Over 100,000 professionals are certified worldwide, with many more joining their ranks. This new third edition is aligned to cover all of the material in the most current version of the exam’s Common Body of Knowledge. All domains are covered as completely and concisely as possible, giving users the best possible chance of acing the exam.Completely updated for the most current version of the exam’s Common Body of KnowledgeProvides the only guide you need for last-minute studyingAnswers the toughest questions and highlights core topicsStreamlined for maximum efficiency of study, making it ideal for professionals updating their certification or for those taking the test for the first time
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This book is an ideal resource for security consultants, beginning InfoSec professionals, and students.Each chapter contains hands-on examples and exercises that are designed to teach you how to interpret the results and utilize those results in later phases.Written by an author who works in the field as a Penetration Tester and who teaches Offensive Security, Penetration Testing, and Ethical Hacking, and Exploitation classes at Dakota State University.Utilizes the Kali Linux distribution and focuses on the seminal tools required to complete a penetration test.