8 years, 5 months ago

Enterprise Architecture as Viable System

#entarch #ea2010 @uoaeao tweeted

“The most immediate and effective way to reduce costs is to use #entarch to stop or delay projects that are spending money.” My first thought was that using enterprise architecture for this purpose wasn’t likely to be…

8 years, 6 months ago

What have software executives ever done for us?

@JohnSchlesinger asks What has the enterprise architect ever done for us? (@AtosOriginBlog, November 2010)

John criticizes the IBM strategy in the late 1980s, especially the emphasis on Systems Application Architecture (SAA) and the neglect of CICS an…

8 years, 6 months ago

Organizational architect as fixer

In his post Hire An Architect, Seth Godin thinks of the organizational architect as a kind of fixer.

“Organizational architects know how to find suppliers, use the cloud (of people, of data, of resources), identify freelancers, tie together disparate …

8 years, 6 months ago

The Startling Cost of Inefficient Collaboration

@BillIves @tetradian and @gagan_s point to some recently published research suggesting that “collaboration can exact heavy time costs if done inefficiently” [MIT Sloan November 2010]. Yes indeed, that is what the word “inefficiently” usually means. Spe…

8 years, 6 months ago

Visual Cliché in Architectural Discourse

@JohnCleese has made some great management training films, published by his company Video Arts. In the one I remember most vividly, he mocked the compulsive need for visual aids in corporate presentations by imagining what Hamlet’s soliloquy would be l…

8 years, 6 months ago

Strategy by Design

Great tweet from @judyrees this morning. “Metaphor can create powerful insights that become distortions, as the way of seeing created through metaphor becomes a way of not seeing.”

When people talk about the “alignment” or “gap” between business a…

8 years, 6 months ago

Collaboration Impact Zones

In my previous post Collaboration Chasm, I looked at the adoption of collaboration technology in the enterprise, drawing on Collaboration Framework published by the CISCO community earlier this year [Insights from the Collaboration Consortium Year On…

8 years, 6 months ago

The Power and the Glory

#entarch A debate on Twitter about the power of enterprise architects (enhancing? enabling? influencing?), and another debate about the relationship between architecture and knowledge (does architecture count as a form of knowledge?) led to a question …

8 years, 6 months ago

Organizations as Brains

This post is based on Chapter 3 of Gareth Morgan’s classic book Images of Organization (Sage 1986), which opens with the following question: “Is it possible to design organizations so that they have the capacity to be as flexible, resilient, and in…

8 years, 6 months ago

Selling Business Architecture

#entarch @alexcullen asks “How Would You Sell Business Architecture To Your CEO?” Alex’s own answer to this question is in the form of a 15-minute pitch, based on the following three points.
Your business is complex, and consistency is a challenge.
IT…