Exciting topics in 2020

The common core interest of CBA Lab members in 2020 can best be described as follows: We are looking to increase the influence of EAM at each of our companies. To do this, various capabilities need to be established or strengthened. The following topics therefore made their way into our workstream portfolio for 2020:

1. EA Repository Integration
This workstream focuses on the targeted and, as a rule, mutual linking of EAM tools and other (master) data repositories, whereby data quality and timeliness are the drivers of developments here. Repositories for locations (e.g. webMethods), processes (e.g. Aris), projects (e.g. Qlik), and assets (e.g. Snow, Remedy) are being planned, and LeanIX is being used for a prototype feasibility analysis.

2. Developing a “Good Practice” Next-Level Enterprise Architecture Plan Demonstrator with Key Tool Suppliers 
In 2019, we jointly determined which criteria a next-level enterprise architecture plan needs to meet today. This new workstream now focuses on implementation and gaining practical experience with a demonstrator. Discussions will also be held with several tool manufacturers.

3. Digital Real Estate Lifecycle Management 
Buildings are now being equipped with an ever-greater number of sensors and software systems, while the processes used for building planning, simulation, construction, operation, and even demolition are becoming more and more digital. It’s therefore high time for EAM to begin offering its skills and capabilities in these areas. But which skills can actually be used in the real estate sector? And how can real estate lifecycle management be supported in an effective manner? Office buildings, factories, warehouses – most processes at our companies run in buildings: This workstream provides answers to key real estate lifecycle management questions.

4. EA Communication and Marketing 
Do good things and talk about it – a lot of people have problems with this philosophy, especially EAM architects, who tend to approach their work with an objective attitude. Nevertheless, it is crucial that the nature and impact of this mysterious discipline be made more widely known in order to get more people and organizations to use it. This workstream addresses this aspect – and welcomes the assistance of creative and communicative individuals.

5. AI and Machine Learning 
Obviously, we couldn’t ignore the digital megatrend of our times. Nearly all CBA Lab member companies are participating in this workstream. All of us are driven by a common pragmatic desire to identify the capabilities at a company with which AI can (or even should) be used today in order to generate added value. How does one recognize and assess potential use cases for AI? The workstream will define the necessary criteria here, which together with the shared best practices from our member companies and scientific expertise will lead to the creation of the first AI guide for enterprise architects.

6. The Digital Factor
The automation of production is becoming increasingly IT-based. Industry 4.0 is creating a highly mixed design framework for OT and IT. What role does EAM play here; what role should it be playing? Production capability models and reference architectures such as RAMI4.0 have clearly been influenced by EAM. So, do we need to have EAM specifically for production? What form might such an enterprise management system take?

7. Security Architecture
Digitalization has a constant companion: the dark side of the Internet. Built-in security is a must today, which means by definition architects need to take security into account, and this applies to enterprise architects as well. This workshop aims to pool our knowledge and develop an EAM security checklist. Security loopholes are similar to planning errors in that the easiest way to prevent them is to look for them in the early stages of the planning process.

8. Common Training Portfolio
All the results we achieve are shared with our member companies – with architects, IT specialists and, increasingly, technical departments as well. To this end, we offer training courses at individual member companies. However, the courses that are most interesting for our members are those that address cross-sector topics. Our training portfolio is updated every year and also adjusted in line with our member companies’ requirements.

Eight workstream projects in 2020! We’ve got a lot planned overall, but we’re highly motivated by our desire to see EAM incorporated into a wide variety of departments, units, and organizations. We have long since “descended from the ivory tower” with EAM; now it’s time for us to move even deeper into normal daily business operations. Please note that there’s still time left to join any of the workstreams, and this applies to guest companies as well. You can learn more by sending an e-mail to