At the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) conference in New York last month, Paul Preiss (president IASA) spoke on a subject that he's passionate about: empowering the careers of those responsible for the architecture of systems, applications and business technology strategy.
One of his core messages is that, to gain credibility in the enterprise, different flavours of architects should stick together rather then fight each other.
Some extracts below:
What are the biggest challenges facing architects right now?
There are so many. I think our biggest challenge is to recognize the opportunity of banding together. I hesitate to use the word 'union,' but if we don't get the concept of joining together to make our profession what it is and utilize the forums necessary to define what we do and our value ... until we get together, we're always going to be disjoined and unable to show our value to an organization. I know that seems odd, but I've always said the biggest risk to the architecture profession are the architects themselves.
What do you mean by that?
Most fundamentally, the enterprise architects and the software architects have to get together and stop fighting each other. Quite often these individuals work at cross-purposes instead of together, which ends up sabotaging the overall success of architects.
Read all about it in this ADT article: http://adtmag.com/article.aspx?id=22832