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Volume 15 Issue 1, ECIME 2011 / Jan 2012  pp1‑148

Editor: Walter Castelnovo, Elena Ferrari

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Editorial for the Special ECIME Edition of EJISE – Volume 5 Issue 1  pp1‑2

Walter Castelnovo, Elena Ferrari

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Exploring the SME Quandary: Data Governance in Practise in the Small to Medium‑Sized Enterprise Sector  pp3‑13

Carolyn Begg, Tom Caira

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Framework for Mobile Payments Integration  pp14‑25

Fergal Carton, Jonas Hedman, Denis Dennehy, Jan Damsgaard, Kay-Ti Tan, J. B. McCarthy

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SMEs and IT: Evidence for a Market for “Lemons”  pp26‑35

Jan Devos, Hendrik Van Landeghem, Dirk Deschoolmeester

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GIS for Crime Analysis:Geography for Predictive Models  pp36‑49

Jorge Ferreira, Paulo Joao, Jose Martins

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Field Work With Older Users ‑ Challenges in Design and Evaluation of Information Systems  pp50‑62

Marja Harjumaa, Minna Isomursu

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Management of Information Systems Outsourcing: Evaluation of Lessons Learned From a Boundary Spanning Perspective  pp63‑73

Bjorn Johansson, Linda Bergkvist

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Organizational Knowledge Based Economy  pp74‑87

Ghassan Kbar, Abdul Aziz AlDusari

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Alignment in Enterprise Architecture: A Comparative Analysis of Four Architectural Approaches  pp88‑101

Thanos Magoulas, Aida Hadzic, Ted Saarikko, Kalevi Pessi

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As modern organizations struggle with the complexity and dynamicity of their business environments, they increasingly turn to Enterprise Architecture as a means to organize their capabilities. However, adopting Enterprise Architecture is hardly a straightforward matter as the practical guidance available is plagued by disparity in nomenclature as well as content. The purpose of this paper is to take a first step in remedying the dearth of rational appraisal of approaches to Enterprise Architecture by closer examining a handful of guides and frameworks. Our ultimate aim in this paper is to provide knowledge about the various dimensions of enterprise architectures that demand alignment between its constitutionals parts. Therefore the efforts of our study were focused on elucidating the following issue: How are the various forms and aspects of architectural alignment treated by the investigated approaches to Enterprise Architecture? Due to the lack of commonalities between the assorted approaches, an independent metric is required. We therefore utilize the concept of alignment and analyze how the various forms and aspects of architectural alignment are treated by formalized approaches to Enterprise Architecture. This methodology was applied to the Zachman Framework, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), the Extended Enterprise Architecture Framework (E2AF) and the Generalised Enterprise Reference Architecture and Methodology (GERAM). Our investigation clearly demonstrates that: 1) Approaches to Enterprise Architecture provide guidance for structural and functional alignment, but not for infological or socio‑cultural alignment. 2) The area of contextual alignment is described in a simplistic manner. 3) None of the investigated approaches discuss the mutual interdependence that exists between the various forms of alignment. Our work serves to further the understanding of multi‑dimensionality of Enterprise Architecture in general and architectural alignment in particular. 


Keywords: enterprise architecture, architectural alignment, Zachman framework, TOGAF, GERAM, E2AF


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Requirements Elicitation for the Technology Conception of a Community Information System for the Indigenous Microenterprise: A Contextual Multi‑Analysis Approach on Business and Community Requirements of Batik Making  pp102‑115

Nor Laila Md Noor, Ariza Nordin

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Enterprise Information Systems of new Generation  pp116‑126

Elena Serova

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Reconstructing the Past for Organizational Accountability  pp127‑137

Geert-Jan van Bussel

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The Relation Between Dynamic Business Models and Business Cases  pp138‑148

Bart-Jan van Putten, Markus Schief

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