3 years, 8 months ago

The Enterprise Architect of Hamelyn

Stakeholder ConcernEnterprise FocusProject Focus
The city of Hamelyn is plagued with rats.This indicates a serious problem with the “Public Health and Hygiene” capability.We just need a quick project to eliminate the rats. So we buy some “Eliminate Creature” capability from an external vendor.
The Pied Piper gets rid of the rats.Real business problem has not been addressed. Let’s now push on with the next phase of solving the problem.Project successful.

The Pied Piper is too expensive.We need a careful transition plan while we build an in-house capability.Let us immediately renegotiate our contract with the vendor.
The Pied Piper gets rid of the children.It turns out that the Pied Piper can reuse his “Eliminate Creature” capability for other purposes.!*!?**!
Which Role?Enterprise Architect?
Strategic Procurement?
Solution Architect?
Tactical Procurement?

See also my article “Requirements Engineering as if Stakeholders Mattered” (Requirenautics Quarterly, Issue 29, August 2003, pdf)

3 years, 8 months ago

The Enterprise Architect of Hamelyn

Stakeholder ConcernEnterprise FocusProject Focus
The city of Hamelyn is plagued with rats.This indicates a serious problem with the “Public Health and Hygiene” capability.We just need a quick project to eliminate the rats. So we buy some “Eliminate Creature” capability from an external vendor.
The Pied Piper gets rid of the rats.Real business problem has not been addressed. Let’s now push on with the next phase of solving the problem.Project successful.

The Pied Piper is too expensive.We need a careful transition plan while we build an in-house capability.Let us immediately renegotiate our contract with the vendor.
The Pied Piper gets rid of the children.It turns out that the Pied Piper can reuse his “Eliminate Creature” capability for other purposes.!*!?**!
Which Role?Enterprise Architect?
Strategic Procurement?
Solution Architect?
Tactical Procurement?

See also my article “Requirements Engineering as if Stakeholders Mattered” (Requirenautics Quarterly, Issue 29, August 2003, pdf)

4 years, 2 months ago

New Challenge for IT Outsourcing

Filed under: Business Technology, CIO, Enterprise Architecture, Global Management, Governance Tagged: Best practice, Business, Chief information officer, CIO, Continuous integration, Enterprise Architecture, Governance, Information technology, Leadersh…

4 years, 5 months ago

Rational Rationalization – Part the First

With the upheaval of the economic downturn came a spate of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, splits and buy-outs. The ensuing chaos of the resulting technology portfolios cannot really be overstated. Many surviving companies are just a mess. In norm…

4 years, 7 months ago

Outsourcing: Beyond cheap labour

Skills, best practice and business alignment mean outsourcing is here to stay (First published in ComputerworldUK) Is the IT offshoring trend we have seen over the last few decades now beginning to reverse whereby outsourcers and their customers are beginning … Continue reading

4 years, 8 months ago

Some Thoughts on Outsourcing

Link: http://dougnewdick.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/some-thoughts-on-outsourcing/

I was discussing outsourcing with a friend the other day. I work in government IT, and outsourcing is used widely in government. He was discussing the tricky nature of being brought in as an independent vendor to the outsourcing vendor. What this brought up was something that is often overlooked in outsourcing deals, especially major ones. That is: any organisation that outsources a function (such as its IT) usually does so in the hope of saving money by shedding large amounts of staff. But, they usually don’t factor in that they will need additional staff with different skills to manage that outsourcer.

Read moreSome Thoughts on Outsourcing

4 years, 8 months ago

Big Issues Facing Business Technology in 2013 and Beyond

In these challenging times it is more than ever crucial to separate the real trends from fads and fashions and to be able to identify the big issues, business agendas and threats and opportunities shaping business in 2013 and beyond … Continue reading

4 years, 8 months ago

Big Issues Facing Business Technology in 2013 and Beyond

In these challenging times it is more than ever crucial to separate the real trends from fads and fashions and to be able to identify the big issues, business agendas and threats and opportunities shaping business in 2013 and beyond … Continue reading