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…

Healthy signs for IT-business alignment

McKinsey has just published the results of a survey of 72 senior IT executives in the US (free subscription required for the full article) which investigated IT strategy maturity. The majority of respondents believe that they are successfully aligning IT strategy with business needs. What’s particularly gratifying, in light of the principles we outline in…

Great blog: Beyond Blinking Lights and Acronyms

Beyond Blinking Lights and Acronyms is a consistently thought-provoking blog from “currently resting” CIO Mike Schaffner. In this entry he calls out a recent CIO.com piece which looks at the challenge of trying to run an IT capability when individual business groups also have their own separate IT teams. Mike calls this “Shadow IT“. The…

Start ’em young

Another of the sessions at the Architects Council was a workshop held between members of academia and the council members (largely from industry), to report on last year’s “Developing the Future” initiative, and to discuss the quality of people coming into the UK IT industry and how it could be improved. This was a hugely…

Just back from the Architects Council

The past couple of days, I’ve been very lucky to have attended the Microsoft-hosted UK Architects Council, which brings together a number of quite senior architects and CTOs from a broad range of companies, public bodies and software and service providers. IT was my first opportunity to present the 6 principles in their entirety, so…

More CIO Magazine research insights

I just came across a thought-provoking article on Christopher Koch’s CIO Magazine blog which digs into the differences exhibited by CIOs who report to CFOs, vs those who report to CEOs. The comments on the blog entry are as interesting as the entry itself I think! Although there are a number of ways of interpreting…

The State of the CIO

CIO Magazine has just published the results of its annual CIO survey and it makes for interesting reading in light of our work on the book (which is now with the publishers 🙂 ). Some of the highlights of particular relevance to the key principles we outline in the book include: In common with our…