As I work on my 100th blog post, I cannot think of a better topic than what Michael Smith, Global Chief Technologist, Applications Modernization talks about in his video from HP Discover 2012 conference. Michael connects 2 of my favorite subject areas that I have been blogging about -- enterprise architecture and cloud computing -- in the context of applications modernization – another key area of interest for me.
I was sitting with my college-bound son in the initial welcome meeting at his college. Shortly after the meeting, shaking my son's hands, I said, "You are on your own, buddy." In my mind, I was thinking about the architecture project we embarked on as parents 18 years back -- just like one defines and evolves the architecture for an enterprise. But, is my son really on his own? I hope the foundational principles instilled in him will surface at the right junction points, which will ensure that what we architected is viably sustained for years to come. Just like I draw on the values instilled in me by my Dad. Similarly, enterprise architectures have to be sustained over time -- they are not a one-time only, 90 day project with a projected ROI of 200%.
Recently, I blogged about The Right Way of Transforming to the Cloud. As Mother's Day approaches, I take pause to think about what my Mother has accomplished in her role as the CEO of her enterprise that I am labeling here as “Our Family.” I see that she has integrated everyone of the foundational components to realize the benefits of moving to her vision of the future state or in other words transformed her enterprise to cloud computing.
Let us see how: