Real-world Enterprise Architecture trends

This comes from Leo de Sousa, an EA in Australian Higher Education who asked the Shared Insights EA Network to provide ideas about what EA trends they were seeing. My take: leading organisations get EA and are figuring out how to link it to other important IT governance-related practices, but this is still a sparse…

On IT architecture and gardening

James Tarbell has this great post, responding to one of the people we’ve interviewed in our research, James McGovern. James T calls out some very insightful similarities between architects and gardeners. My favourite: “You can get hung up on understanding the big latin words/technical terms or focus on requirements to achieve a result”.

Does IT matter

In this post Andrew McAfee at Harvard Business School has a detailed discussion about the impact of IT. He concludes with the following question: What’s the correct way to think about IT’s effects going forward: diminished competitive significance because the technology innovations are being absorbed, or sustained significance because IT has moved industries into permanently…

Zachman Framework != Enterprise Architecture

I was talking earlier on to one of the people we interviewed for the book, outlining the main findings and getting some feedback. One of the main topics we focused on was the nature of Enterprise Architecture, and what characterises EA work “done right”. The person I was talking to relayed a conversation they had…

What characterises a service?

A couple of weeks ago I was party to another event, this time hosted by IBM. At short notice I was asked to facilitate a session on defining services, which was interesting in the extreme as it very quickly became clear in the earlier sessions that there was no clear definition of what a service…

Two interesting insights on enterprise architecture

Nick Malik (who we interviewed for the book) and Michael Platt, who are both coincidentally from Microsoft, have recently posted some thoughts on enterprise architecture, which align well with our research into the topic for the book. First to Nick, who discusses the extent to which stakeholders understand the value of EA. You should read…

The rising importance of the enterprise architecture

CIO Magazine has an interesting article on the role of the enterprise architect, which highlights a number of aspects of EA which we call out in the book, including: The importance of communication and collaboration – in our opinion, the value of enterprise architecture is as much about process of getting to the “as is”…