1 year, 1 month ago

Architexit: Purposely Failing in Order to Succeed

“You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette” was a saying I recall as a child. In my room I had a picture of Abraham Lincoln hanging up that listed all of his failures before he became the 16th President of the United States. Some things, and people, fail before they succeed […]

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1 year, 1 month ago

Architexit: Brexit Planning During the “Phoney War”

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott is a leading European constitutional law expert. She recently gave a speech at Chatham House outlining the legal requirements needed to realize Brexit. She noted that, in many respects, we are in the midst of the “phoney war.” The “phoney war” alludes to the eight-month period at the start of World War […]

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1 year, 2 months ago

Architexit: Brexit for Enterprise Architects

My most recent research on gartner.com (“Architexit: What Enterprise Architects Must Do in the Face of Brexit“) highlights how enterprise architects can help business and IT leaders plan, manage, and engage with disruptive forces; more specifically, it’s about Brexit. Forecasting the impact on existing assets, in-flight or planned projects in the face of Brexit will […]

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6 years, 10 months ago

Gaming, Visualization, Simulation and Optimization: A New Reality for Enterprise Architecture

  I think that the push for considering an alternative means to engage in EA is, indeed, already underway. In organizations who treat “people as strategy” (e.g., SEMCO, Whole Foods, HCL, Topcoder), wherein people are give broad self-directed control of creating and executing strategy in real time, the notion that one will “translate business vision […]

6 years, 11 months ago

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, 2010: Let’s Talk Enterprise Architecture

It’s Symposium season.  We actually began in South Africa at the end of August and in Brazil in September.  We continue this coming Sunday-Thursday in Orlando and then Cannes, France, Japan and Sydney, Australia, to conclude this years largest gathering of CIOs and IT leaders in the world.  For me, and my colleagues in enterprise […]

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6 years, 11 months ago

IT Market Clock is Here: Enterprise Architects Get Ready, Get Set, Get to Work!

Enterprise architects use metadata repositories to indicate the enterprise state of the items stored within.  Gartner’s IT Market Clock plots the current state and predicted lifecycle of IT products or services within a marketplace.  Enterprise architects will benefit from communicating the lifecycle positioning on internally held assets versus the marketplace perspective, as well as be […]

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6 years, 11 months ago

The Rhetoric of “EA is Dead” is Dead: EA has Arrived at the Leadership Table

In Gartner’s recent report, IT Metrics: Office of the CIO Staffing Report, 2010 , we noted that: The top-ranked function employed or implemented within the OCIO (Office of the CIO) is enterprise architecture, with 76% of respondents reporting a full-time equivalent (FTE) response to this role So, why so much angst over whether EA is “dead”?  […]

7 years, 21 days ago

John Zachman is Dead, Long Live John Zachman

Typically, the world of EA is boring. In this last few weeks, all bets are off as John Zachman goes to court and questions are raised about the near term and long term effects to the commercialization of EA Frameworks and the EA certification marketplace. It’s still early days, but challenges from the “father of EA” require consideration.

7 years, 23 days ago

Business Architecture is Part of Enterprise Architecture

A common misperception being hyped in EA circles concerns the notion that business architecture is something different from enterprise architecture. This is a blatant attempt to classify EA as something only applicable to IT when, in fact, EA is applicable to the ENTERPRISE that covers numerous viewpoints for stakeholders, including business, information, technology and solution […]

7 years, 29 days ago

If You Are Only Talking “Architecture”, You Don’t Know Squat

Sometimes it’s a just a little mental slip, but many times is purposeful obfuscation on the part of the person speaking.  And, there’s only one reason to do such a terrible thing, that’s because the person speaking isn’t certain about what they’re talking about.  The crowd-sourced definition of “architecture” on wikipedia gives a nod towards […]

7 years, 30 days ago

Future State First, Current State Last

Leo de Sousa shared a blog that covered his experience of doing the current state first, supporting Adrian Grigoriu’s response to my posting last week entitled Applying EA to Your Life .  I do, in fact, support the contention that current state is an “input to gap analysis” and is “useful for benchmarking”, but I would […]

7 years, 1 month ago

Applying EA to Your Life

Recently, I was asked to help a friend out.  The conversation began with a grand vision of where this person saw himself in a year’s time.  I was excited by the vision and we discussed what it would feel like once he was there, what he would with his time, his money, and how wonderful […]

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