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Enterprise Architecture and the New Style of IT

Since yesterday’s post focused on how to look strategically at change for the organization, it seems like a good time for this video.



It describes the value of Enterprise Architecture when moving to the new style of business enabled by IT abundance. The video runs just a bit long, but it did align well with yesterday’s post.


I do find it interesting though how some analysts separate out tactical from strategic enterprise architecture. They can view the tactical side as a 'waste of time' for the business, since tactical is focused on the current and future IT perspective. Organizations need to move to the strategic view of enabling the business through the use of IT, but if you start that without a good understanding of where you currently sit, it will be difficult to prioritize the effort required to make the move. On the other hand with the amount of internal and external pressures and the advances in capabilities, it is compelling to move to a strategic view as soon as possible.


Architects need to work with organizations to develop a true understanding of their needs and directions, and create an EA engagement aligned to those limitations. It does no good to create more shelf ware. The architecture needs to be aligned with what can be consumed. The business is ultimately accountable … as they are for every single project they engage in, inside or outside of IT.  That is not a problem, that is a reality that all must internalize and build upon.

David Joplin | ‎02-26-2014 11:52 PM

We have seen this bfeore. The new style of IT should be replacing the car with a bus or light rail. - not just a 'better' car. Alternatively you shoudl also be questioning the 'need to travel'. For example rather than going to the city mall go to the online mall and let the 'goods' come to you.

| ‎02-27-2014 01:36 PM

Good points.

Part of the role of the EA is to support the business in meeting their objectives. They can influence the decisions with greater capabilities, but they are probably unable to change the business goals themselves. I’ll assume when you state ‘need to travel’ you’re doing that from a technical perspective and if that’s the case, consuming the technology more effectively should definitely be a goal.

On the other hand, all employees should be able to express their creative ideas on how business should change to meet the needs of the day, since we are all consumers.

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