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Oracle EA Master Class: afterthoughts

Recently I have spent three days in Oracle Enterprise Architecture Training, and - somewhat to my surprise - found it rather useful! Oracle Enterprise Architecture Framework is an interesting perspective on TOGAF with a healthy doze of Gartner (more about it later)

As a lifelong data aficionado, I was heartened to see that a distinction has been made between "Data" and "Information". I have long advocated this distinction, and even had expressed it as a formula in my blog some time ago:  data + context = information. Oracle also adds metadata to the equation (data + metadata + context). I think this takes the above formula to a different level as it implies structure and data governance.

Since the Oracle Enterprise Architecture Framework was announced in 2009 at Open World conference, it did not make it into the great comparison article by Roger Sessions of ObjectWatch,Inc.; high-level white paper describing OEAF can be found here.

The article "A Comparison of the Top Four Enterprise-Architecture Methodologies"  represents a very worthwhile reading for anyone interested in Enterprise Architecture; presently, I am entertaining an idea to apply Roger Sessions' methodology to add OEAF to the comparison matrix 🙂