24 days ago

Enterprise Architecture and Scenario Planning

I am conducting research into the best practices in how Enterprise Architecture teams perform scenario planning. Enterprise architecture teams are the group to answer questions such as: What happens if the business adds a new sales channel? What impact does latest technology widget XYZ have on our technology ecosystem? How do we ensure that security and […]

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28 days ago

Classifying Approaches to Enterprise Architecture Governance

I have the opportunity to interact with hundreds of organizations of varying levels of maturity and their approach to the practice of enterprise architecture governance. Across each of these organizations, there are various flavors of governance all seeking to answer the single question of who has decision making authority… The below table attempts to classify the different approaches to enterprise […]

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1 month, 3 days ago

Should Security Architecture remain separate from other Architecture disciplines?

In my travels, I have come to observe that many organizations separate out security architecture from other architectures. Does this make sense? Large organizations often have governance practices such as an Architecture Review Board (ARB) yet defer the system quality attribute of security to another entity. Does this beg the question of whether security professionals […]

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1 month, 5 days ago

Cut and Paste Enterprise Architecture

Throughout my professional career, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn a lot about the inner-workings of both P&C and Life insurers. The insurance industry has a consortium (ACORD) that produces a widely adopted business capability map that many insurers leverage as part of their enterprise architecture practice. There is goodness in insurers collaborating via consortium […]

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1 month, 10 days ago

Making friends in the legal department…

Effective January 1st, 2017, the Florida Bar mandated technology continuing education for lawyers. The mandate came in a rule change ordered Sept. 29 by the Supreme Court of Florida. Florida lawyers must complete three hours of CLE every three years “in approved technology programs.” I humbly predict that (1) Other BAR associations will follow the […]

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1 month, 11 days ago

Enterprise Architecture: Improving IT communication

As a newly minted analyst, I have come to appreciate how tolerate I have become to horrific writing. If you have ever had the privilege of working for multiple Fortune 100 enterprises, you would understand that documentation is often done by employees who were never trained to write and that Enterprise Architects consume much of […]

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1 month, 12 days ago

Revisiting Defense in Depth…

Today, I want to question the sage wisdom of Security Architecture Professionals. The notion of defense-in-depth may need to be revisited. More security doesn’t necessarily mean better security. In fact, the current strategy of most organizations—layering on many different technologies—is not only proving ineffective, it is overly complex and expensive. This notion needs better enterprise […]

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1 month, 15 days ago

Enterprise Architecture: Why aren’t more organizations moving from good to great?

Gartner publishes thought provoking research on the discipline of enterprise architecture. We aid our clients in developing their vision to stage planning a Business-Outcome-Driven Enterprise Architecture. We even provide a toolkit to help determine your business scope and focus. This begs the question, why aren’t we seeing more organizations with high levels of enterprise architecture […]

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1 month, 17 days ago

Enterprise Architecture and Lean Thinking: Part One

Prior to joining Gartner, I was an Enterprise Architect practitioner for a Fortune 100 enterprise that embraced Lean Thinking. The principles of driving both business-outcome driven EA and holistic technology implementations across value streams was something I got really good at. I found joy in enterprise programs that came with big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) for […]

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1 month, 17 days ago

Dialog versus Discussion

There are subtle differences between a dialog and a discussion that many enterprise architecture and technology professionals may not fully appreciate. For purposes of this discussion, I have included a table that should help provide clarity on their distinction. Dialog Discussion  Starts with listening  Starts with speaking  Is about speaking with  Is about speaking to  Focuses […]

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1 month, 18 days ago

Looking for Case Studies on Polyglotism

As a Gartner analyst, I have the opportunity to interact with many enterprise architecture teams looking to improve their approach to architecture governance. The one software development trend I am seeing grow without an accompanying architecture viewpoint is the rise of polygotism. In any software development lifecycle, time to develop software is a dominant factor […]

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1 month, 19 days ago

Can Document Review Inquiry help improve Enterprise Architecture Outcomes?

Do you know what a Document Review Inquiry is? Sadly, I didn’t know what one was until I joined Gartner. After interacting with Gartner analysts over dozens of years while working at various Fortune 100 enterprises, I never came to appreciate how much more effective I could have been if I only had known about […]

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