11 years, 2 months ago

Enterprise Architect vs Solution Architect

What exactly is an Enterprise Architect versus a Solution Architect? I’d like to chat about the difference because I’m not confident everyone understands this well.
It’s actually quite simple. I propose that a Solution Architect is a project team …

11 years, 4 months ago

Yates, Frances A.: The Art of Memory

Frances Yates heeft in haar onderzoek naar de intrigerende persoonlijkheid van Giordano Bruno iets herontdekt dat in de revolutie die de boekdrukkunst teweeg heeft gebracht, en de periode van de Verlichting die daar het gevolg van was, in de vergetelheid is geraakt. Dat is de ontzagwekkende capaciteit van ons geheugen. Zij laat zien dat het […]

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11 years, 4 months ago

Friedman, Thomas: The World is Flat

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Globalized World in the Twenty-first Century   author: Thomas Friedman rating: asin: 0713998784 binding: Hardcover “May you live in interesting times.” Schijnt een Chinese vloek te zijn. Maar hoe het ook zij: wij leven in interessante tijden. De computerrevolutie heeft een impact op maatschappij en psyche […]

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11 years, 4 months ago

Korten, David C.: Het bedrijfsleven aan de macht

When Corporations Rule the World (Kumarian Press Books for a World That Works) (See all Entrepreneurship Books) author: David C. Korten rating: asin: 1887208003 binding: Hardcover Korten is een Amerikaanse econoom. Hij gaf o.a. les aan de Harvard Business School. Momenteel is hij vooral actief voor het People-Centered Development Forum (http://www.pcdf.org) en het International Forum […]

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11 years, 6 months ago

ERP for IT

Sometimes it seems like we’ve automated the business but not the IT world. Although some organisations have a plethora of systems and processes to manage the operational environments, governance, portfolios, architecture and projects most do not. …

11 years, 7 months ago

Who would be a good Enterprise Architect?

Who would make a good Enterprise Architect? This is a question I get from time to time and it’s not an easy one to answer, mainly because the definition of an Enterprise Architect and the expectations of the role varies from organisation to organisation. Just taking a look at two articles that describe the EA role and it’s easy to see why many people want an answer to the question.

An enterprise architect requires a unique blend of skills. At various times he or she needs to employ the characteristics of an artist, a guru, a coach, and a spy. As an artist, an enterprise architect needs to be creative by looking beyond the “right” answers to uncover new solutions to old problems. The enterprise architect also needs to be a guru—someone who understands some topics in depth, but can address a breadth of business and technical topics.
 
As a coach, the enterprise architect must bridge both business and technology, be able to find points of influence in both camps, and ensure that technology stays off the critical path. Finally, as a spy, the enterprise architect must be able to work across the enterprise, see patterns across disparate business needs, and define solutions that satisfy multiple business needs. Enterprise architects grow from within the technical architecture ranks, learning how to be artists, gurus, coaches, and spies as they work their way from being technical specialists, through application or infrastructure architects, eventually to enterprise architects.

From my earlier posts you would also guess that I would add salesperson to the list. So where do you find people that fit this profile and understand all the technology aspects that are a pre-requisit? I don’t have the answer, but I do  know some assumptions I’ve seen in the past are not always right.

Assumption 1 – there is a clear career path from developer/analyst through project architect then to an applications or infrastructure architect role and finally to the EA role.

Assumption 2 – an EA is fundamentally a technical role.

I don’t believe an EA is fundamentally a technical role. It does need someone who really understands the IT environment, in applications, technology, infrastructure and operations but it also needs someone who understands the business activities and how to align the two. This is where I believe there is a discontinuity in the career development plans many organisations have that are based on assumption 1.

So who would make a good enterprise architect? Someone who’s had the experience described in assumption 1 and also has had to work well outside the IT comfort zone. This could be a secondment into a business team, working for IT suppliers on sales solutions or consulting roles which broaden perspectives.

11 years, 7 months ago

Being right

“There’s no point being right if you can’t take everyone with you”. I heard this on the radio today from one of the contestants of The Apprentice last year.  The contestant had failed to win the competition and on a number of occassions had been r…