Between 2004 and 2009 Microsoft published The Architecture Journal. A few years old now, there are some useful articles in the Journals that still apply today.
You can download the Journals or view the individual Articles in the Archive.
There are many good examples of Enterprise Architecture documentation available as reference on the Internet. All following different methodologies, but ultimately illustrating how an Enterprise Architecture documentation set can assist in driving strategy and the business forward.
A bit dated now (2004), but a good example of such a document set is the 5 volumes from NASA.
NASA Enterprise Architecture Vol 1 – NASA Enterprise Architecture
NASA Enterprise Architecture Vol 2 – Office Automation, IT Infrastructure, and Telecommunications
NASA Enterprise Architecture Vol 3 – Program Unique IT and Multi-Program / Project IT Investment Category
NASA Enterprise Architecture Vol 4 – Strategies and Structure
NASA Enterprise Architecture Vol 5 NASA To-Be Architecture, Approach to Design and Implementation
The documents are based on the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework
Having worked as an Architect for many years its always good to look at different methodologies and practices as they come up and to refresh your thinking on today’s Architecture practices.
One of the recent additions to the Microsoft Virtual Academy is the “Architecture in Practice” course which brings Microsoft’s latest views on Architecture using their products as a base for some of the demonstrations and topics. Whilst this centers around Microsoft products and standard practices, (to a seasoned architect may not teach them anything new in Architecture practices), taking a course such as this certainly refreshes that thinking in today’s challenging market place of cloud, visualisation and mobile.
One of the underlying foundations that makes a great architect is their willingness to refreshing and renew skills and thinking when ever the opportunity arises.
The diagram below shows the 7 areas that are covered in this course:
Further breakdown of the course with topic areas:
Source of pictures and link to the training: Architecture in Practice.