Definition

A "Brick" is a EA tool used in planning and communication. It is based heavily on the NIH Enterprise Architecture Brick. A brick has the following categories, arranged in the ideal lifecycle flow from emerging to retirement.

 

Emerging

Strategic

Tactical

  • Technologies we are watching because they look promising for our organization
  • Technologies to evaluate
  • Useful to track innovation work
  • Recommended for use in 2 - 5 years 
  • Technologies we plan to invest in when 
    • they mature and/or are "ripe" for consumption
    • or we as an organization mature and/or are ready to consume
  • Recommended for use for 0 - 2 years
  • Worthy of investment for near-term needs

Baseline

Containment

Retirement

  • Recommended for use now
  • Technologies that are in use and have full support
  • Technologies in which we do not currently want to increase our investment; don't grow
  • Scheduled for end-of-life

Brick Usage

Issues