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on June 13, 2008
This is a truly wonderful book. The author distilled his nearly 30 years of I/T experience into this book. It is also a practical book and architecture management personal will find valuable information from the book. For example, chapter 2 discussed Principle-Based Architecture and presented various architecture principles; further more, the author presented a practical Architecture Governance Model that consists of some specialized groups such as Architecture Steering Committee and Architecture Review Board etc. to ensure these principles are followed across the enterprise.

Technical person will also find this is an excellent book to read. For most developers and architects, they may know technical aspect very well within their working domain, however, outside their domain they may not know as well or do not know. This book covers different architecture domains such as Application architecture, Information architecture, Network architecture, Platform Architecture etc. After reading this book, you will have a very good over all understanding of I/T Architecture. I highly recommend this book for leader of I/T architecture department as well as technical architects.
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on May 13, 2008
This is a "must read" book that provides a wonderful insight on how to position and apply Architecture within to a corporate IT enterprise. Rick uses his practical experiences to clearly articulate the important role in which architecture plays, how to establish guiding principles, govern, and develop/utilize an architectural framework to help you improve your overall business. Chapt 1-3 is a nice discussions for CIOs which helps you assess the importance and maturity of architectue and how it ties ot the business. Chapt4 provides a good layered framework which the latter explain in much more technical detail.

Each chapter is wonderfully summarized--- this helps to you understand the major points that you should come away with.

This book is a must read for all CIOs, business I/T professionals and IT architects
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on November 13, 2011
I actually rather enjoyed reading this book - was packed with sage advise born of long time experience. There really is nothing better than hearing from someone who's been there - done that in a diverse field as IT Architecture and then tries to put all the pieces together.

Highly Recommended.
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on May 4, 2012
I've enjoyed reading this book and I know Rick in-person as well as an author. I have spent more than a decade in Enterprise Architecture world and I wrote a book of my own. I know most of the traps people fall into during execution. Rick's book demonstrates on how people need to think to put Enterprise Architecture into Action. This book is not a theoretical experiment with processes that have been imagined to look pretty only in diagrams. In this book, Rick presented content that is directly actionable through generic vocabulary and standard nomenclature that are used in many organizational dynamics. Whether you are introducing yourself to the Enterprise Architecture discipline or have been around the block couple of times, this is a book that must be added to your library.
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on December 6, 2012
I found the introduction and business aspect of technology useful and interesting. The rest of the book helped little to understand various architectural levels in technology. Overall, the 2/3rd's of the book was simply review of a 101-type course.

For those who want to learn EA, I still recommend the book, esspecially the first couple of chapters.
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on March 22, 2014
Despite its readability and decent reviews, in comparison to Sjaak Laan's content on IT Infrastructure, a little light on content.
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