… is it less important, or even unhelpful? Some say the EAs goal is to ‘simplifiy’ the IT solutions to the business requirements, but there’s a catch with that mantra – some solutions may add ‘useful complexity’. There are situations, for example, where adding a ‘Complex Event Processing’ system will definitely create more complexity in the IT estate *but* the levels of business visibility that make the investment in added complexity worth it. Likewise, the IT used in the FMS of an aircraft is, by any definition, complicated, and attempts to simplify will only go so far – it is the domain of an Expert. Moreover, the ‘simplify’ mantra doesn’t seem to fit with the messy and chaotic world of the Web and unbounded Social Networks – a major area of focus for many businesses today. Its a brave EA who trys to simplify the Web!Don’t we need to be more precise about the solution ‘System type’ before we can say that ‘simplicity’, in and of itself, is a crtical goal? However, I do agree, that if most of your businesses IT falls in the bottom left quad, the EA should find rich-pickings for lots of unwanted and uneeded complexity.
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