Enterprise Architecture’s Transition to Consumer Oriented Services

Unless you have been living in cave for the past five or so years, you may have noticed that technology is being democratized within your business.  Perhaps right under your feet!  The confluence of consumerization, cloud computing, ubiquitous connectivity, and the needs of a modern dynamic business will (if not already) fundamentally change information technology’s role in…

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Modernizing Enterprise Architecture: Address The Neurosis of IT

“TCP/IP and Ethernet will not be accepted as a valid network implementation as SNA and Token Ring are our preferred standards.” – circa 1993 by nameless corporate Information Systems expert. I was shocked when I had heard this, and images of ostriches with their heads in the sand immediately came into mind. I was new…

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The Evolution of the Modern Enterprise Architect

At the Open Group Conference in San Francisco earlier this month Dr. Jeanne Ross from MIT CISR made the statement, “One day the CIO will report to the Enterprise Architect.”   As you can imagine this caused quite the stir within at the conference, and the LinkedIn and Twitterverse started to explode with comments from both…

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Rethinking the Enterprise "Mess" Using a System Thinking Approach

I have long considered the discipline of “architecture” as a problem solving technique that brings together art, philosophy, engineering, physics, culture, technology, etc.  Producing a high quality architecture is to provide a platform for the enterprise to balance form, function, and elegance.   Or using today’s parlance: structure, behaviors, and desire.   I know the term “desire”…

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