10 years, 7 months ago

Respect as an architectural issue (IRM-EAC 2011)

Link: http://weblog.tomgraves.org/index.php/2011/06/12/respect-as-ea/

I had an excellent time at the IRM-EAC 2011 conference in London this past week. Part of that was because Sally Bean and Roger Burlton had had the courage to bring their previously-separate EA (architecture) and BPM (process) conferences together, creating an immensely valuable mix across the whole business-change space. For me, the conference started with an excellent all-day workshop by Chris Potts, on ‘Driving Business Performance With Enterprise Architecture’, based on his rightly-acclaimed book recrEAtion. There were many great presentations, too: for me, Alec Sharp on ‘the soft stuff’, Milan Guenther on crosslinks to design-disciplines [slidedeck here] and Jane Chang on applying EA beyond the enterprise were some of the real stand-out examples. And, of course, many great conversations, both with established ‘names’ and – perhaps even more important – the next generation of architects and designers, with some really exciting new ideas and experiences.

Each of these conferences brings their own special brew to the enterprise-architecture party. Open Group has its solid emphasis on the detail of IT-architectures; Integrated EA focusses on real complexity in the real world; AE Rio brings its own unique Latin flavour, with a stronger emphasis on business; yet IRM-EAC’s combination of EA and BPM was a heady brew indeed – definitely looking forward to next year on this one! :-)

My own presentation was on ‘Respect as an architectural issue’, based on a real consultancy engagement some while back for a bank in Latin America – I won’t say exactly where or who, for obvious reasons The session went very well: some nice Tweets about it, at the least – though one of them said “@tetradian is light-years ahead of us …”, which is flattering yet also somewhat scary…! Anyway, here’s the slidedeck itself:

Description: The client: a large bank in Latin America. The business problem: loss of respect of the company in the market and the broader community, plummeting from highest to lowest in the region in a matter of months, with impacts throughout all aspects of the business. This real-life case study explores, step-by-step, the actual practices and underlying architecture principles that were used to tackle a major strategic issue with enterprise-wide scope, and set the groundwork for subsequent process development.

Key takeaways:

  • How architecture concepts and principles may be usefully applied far beyond IT alone
  • How enterprise architecture supports business strategy and business process management
  • How enterprise architecture facilitates communication between disparate stakeholders from every area of the business

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