Monthly Archives: May 2016

Parallelspace PowerPoint Template for ArchiMate 2.1

[Scroll down to see an experimental version of the PowerPoint template for modeling Conceptual, Logical and Physical architectures using ArchiMate symbols.]

Standard PowerPoint Template

Click here to open or download a copy of my Parallelspace PowerPoint Template for ArchiMate 2.1 version 1.1 (file version 1-0-12).  For Microsoft Office, there are Visio templates for ArchiMate but I’m not aware of there being any PowerPoint templates. See below for an example.

Please post your feedback in the comments …good or otherwise.  Please let me know what you think and, more importantly, how are these helping you and what you would like to see next?


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Here’s a simple PPT use case/example:

Parallelspace ArchiMate Concepts 1-0-12-Example

Experimental PowerPoint Template (Conceptual, Logical and Physical Architecture Modeling)

Click here to open or download a copy of an experimental version of my Parallelspace PowerPoint Template for ArchiMate 2.1 version 2.0 (file version 1-0-14) containing experimental conceptual, logical and physical renderings of the ArchiMate Business Architecture, Application Architecture and Physical Architecture concepts.

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Best regards,
Michael Herman (Toronto)

*ArchiMate is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

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[Enterprise Architecture, Big Data, CRM, ERP, …] Tools and Methods Don’t Generate Business Value

[Updated: April 23, 2017]

Enterprise architecture and other tools and methods don’t generate business value – plain and simple; at least, not direct business value. This applies to many categories of enterprise software including but not limited to:

  • business intelligence
  • big data
  • enterprise analytics
  • CRM
  • ERP, etc.

It’s true. You don’t have to think about. You disagree? …or otherwise, want proof? Read on…

Read on…

At best, these tools and methods can enable or aid in the creation of increased business value.  This is actually pretty simple (in hindsight).

Real business value is only realized when an organization’s operational strategies, systems, assets, and processes experience measurable, positive Transformative Change – whether enabled by the use of a particular tool or method; or not.

Here’s the diagram… (click on any of these figures to enlarge them)

Parallelspace-Business Value from Transformative Change1

Figure 1. Enterprise Architecture Management

Here is some additional information on the ModelMate Continuous Transformation Framework as well as where and how business value is created.

Parallelspace-Business Value from Transformative Change2.png

Figure 2a. Continuous Transformation Framework

Parallelspace-Business Value from Transformative Change3.png

Figure 2b. Continuous Transformation Framework

Parallelspace-Business Value from Transformative Change4

Figure 2c. Continuous Transformation Framework

Here’s a more recent elaboration on the Continuous Transformation Framework described above.


Figure 3. Continuous Transformation Framework (updated)

The articles below go further to identify and define the gap that exists between the enterprise architecture reference model for the organization and the organization’s operational systems, assets and processes as the Enterprise Architecture Chasm. (Similarly, there is a gap between the strategy and reality is called the Strategy Chasm).

Related Articles

Best regards,
Michael Herman (Toronto)


Filed under Business Value, Enterprise Architecture

Is there an Industry or Microsoft definition for Hyperscalability?

Is anyone aware of an industry or Microsoft definition for Hyperscalability? …for example, from an Internet of Things (IoT) perspective?

How about something like this?

Hyper Scalability 1-0-1.png

Best regards,

Michael Herman (Toronto)
Parallelspace Corporation


Filed under Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise Architecture Chasm, Hyperscale, Microsoft Azure, Space Flight

How We Think About How We Work

Copyright (c) 2016 Michael Herman (Alberta, Canada) – Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License

How do we think about how we work? We rely on a few simple processes. Here is a list:

  • Progressive Improvement & Learning Process (PILP)
  • Continuous Transformation Process (CTP)
  • Deliverable Review: Initiate, Create, Review, Validate & Approve Process (ICRVA Process – “I crave a” Process)
  • Purpose: Awareness, Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom

Many thanks go to Alison Williams for helping me to clarify the Continuous Transformation Process (CTP).

Michael Herman (Toronto)

Progressive Improvement through Continuous Transformation

Progressive Improvement thru Continuous Transformation 1-0-1

Progressive Improvement & Learning Process (PILP)

Progressive Improvement A 1-0-1

Progressive Improvement B 1-0-1

Continuous Transformation Process (CTP)

Parallelspace Continuous Transformation 2-0-1

Deliverable Review

Initiate, Create, Review, Validate & Approve (ICRVA) Process (“I crave a” Process)

Parallelspace ICRVA v12-0-2

Parallelspace ICRVA v12-0-2 Complete

The roles in the ICRVA process are based on the RACI matrix of responsibilities.

Content Purpose

– when writing a whitepaper or creating a new presentation

  1. Awareness (An Overview of what is being described (Information))
  2. Knowledge (The “What” of what is being described)
  3. Understanding (The “How” of what is being described)
  4. Wisdom (Deep Knowledge and Understanding acquired through Experience)

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth. (Proverbs 24:3-7)

Intended Audience Statement (Example)

The intended audience for this tutorial about Structured Credentials is a broad range of professionals interested in furthering the application of Verifiable Credentials technology for use in software apps, agents, and services. The primary audience includes software architects, application developers, and user experience (UX) specialists; as well as people involved in a broad range of standards efforts related to decentralized identity, verifiable credentials, and secure storage.

Michael Herman’s Hierarchies

  • Awareness – Knowledge – Understanding – Wisdom
  • Dream – Desire – Want – Need
  • Sensing – Learning – Training – Experiencing
  • Keywords – (Controlled) Vocabulary – Glossary – Dictionary – Taxonomy – Ontology

Michaels Hierarchies

Product Management: 3 Prioritization Levels

  1. Need to have
  2. Nice to have
  3. *Neat* to have

Scalability Levels


Best regards,
Michael Herman (Toronto)
Parallelspace Corporation


Filed under Architecture Reference Models, continuous transformation, Crossing the EA Charm, Definitions, How do we think, Parallelspace TDM, Process, Progressive Enterprise Architecture Map (PEAM)

Microsoft Cortana Connected Car Demo (aka Vehicle Telemetry Analytics Solution): Deep Dive

I finally found the documentation for the Microsoft Cortana Suite (aka Vehicle Telemetry Analytics Solution).  You can find it here:

In addition, Matthew Roche had an excellent presentation at the MS Build 2016 Conference on the same topic/solution: Cortana Analytics Suite and Information Management

Michael Herman (Toronto)

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FYHumor: A list of humorous Internet of Things (IoT) and other sightings

Rather than pollute my blog with several FYHumor IoT postings, I’ll gather them here into this single article (reverse chronological order).  Some of these listing might be a bit on the “colorful” side …even judged in poor taste by some.  Others might judged to not even be funny. Caveat Emptor

4. This was tweeted yesterday…


3. Just took the socks out of the dryer: Does anyone know of an Event/IoT Hub and Machine Learning module that will sort and fold socks?

2. “If you don’t have a real office, does that make you an Internet Thing?”  Michael Herman, April 2016.

Have a great day wherever you are and to whatever you’re connect to.

{ ID: “me”, cornerof: “University and Adelaide” }


1.  External IoT gone too far …


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Microsoft Azure Service Landscape – May 4, 2016

The following landscape views depict which Azure Services are deployed to or are available from each of Microsoft’s Regional Sites (aka Data Centers).  Enjoy.

Azure World Wide Regional Site Hierarchy (S00)



Virtual Machine Services Regional Sites (1/2) (S001)


Virtual Machine Services Regional Sites (2/2) (S006)


Cloud Services Regional Sites (S013)


Other Compute Services Regional Sites (S018)


App Service Regional Sites (S023)


Other Web and Mobile Services Regional Sites (S027)


SQL Database Services Regional Sites (S031)


Storage Services Regional Sites (S033)


Other Data and Storage Services Regional Sites (S036)


Cognitive (Intelligence) Services Regional Sites (S043)


HDInsight Services Sites (S052)


Analytics Services Regional Sites (S053)


Internet of Things (IoT) Services Regional Sites (S059)


Networking Services Regional Sites (S064)


Media Services Regional Sites (S071)


Other Media and CDN Services Regional Sites (S073)


Hybrid Integration Regional Sites (S074)


Identity and Access Management Services Regional Sites (S078)


Visual Studio Team Services Regional Sites (S083)


Other Developer Services Regional Sites (S085)


Other Management Services Regional Sites (S090)



Michael Herman (Toronto)

(c) Copyright 2016. Parallelspace Corporation.  All Rights Reserved.

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