Does Business Value Require Complexity?

Last time I talked about how to ensure success with Enterprise Architecture.  This week I would like to know if you think simplification negatively impacts business value. Complexity is a part of any organization, but not managing it effectively can have adverse effects. There are a lot of discussions right now among fellow Enterprise Architects…

Moving beyond the process of Change

SCENE 4, MIDMORNING, BACK FROM A QUICK BREAK, FADE IN: IT is sitting on the couch, calm and a little tired.  The session continues. Doctor: When you called last night you seemed very concerned. IT: Sure, last night I walked into the room and I could immediately tell that the business was mad.  Afraid, I…

How to Ensure Enterprise Architecture Success

Last week I asked everyone to get creative with Enterprise Architecture and bring sexy back. This week I would like to know how you arrived at the decision of implementing Enterprise Architecture and would like to guide you through the next steps. Ensure Enterprise Architecture success If you have managed to sell the value of…

Situational Awareness: Making Better Decisions

SCENE 3, MIDMORNING, FADE IN: IT sits down on the couch. Shaking its head from side to side. IT: I really thought we had already solved this problem. Doctor: Is it something that I am familiar with? IT: We spoke about it before.  I’m back in the doghouse. The business is still flirting with the…

Creative Enterprise Architecture

Last week I discussed why Enterprise Architecture frameworks matter. This week I would like everyone to think out of the box, and come up with ideas to make Enterprise Architecture (EA) sexy. Are we still promoting Enterprise Architecture the same way we were told to 30 years ago? It’s time to change! Creativity or Innovation? The Harvard…

Do Enterprise Architecture Frameworks matter?

Last week I explained why embracing organizational change is important.  This week I will talk about Enterprise Architecture frameworks and whether or not they matter. What is an Enterprise Architecture framework? An Enterprise Architecture framework defines how to organize the structure and communication for a given enterprise architecture within an organization. Why were they developed? IT systems…

Visible Impact: Gaining visibility into Change

SCENE 2, MIDMORNING, FADE IN: Frustrated, IT sits down, mumbling under its breath. IT: Huh?! what do you expect me to have a crystal ball? Doctor: What’s that I can’t hear you; what’s wrong? (IT speaks up) IT: I don’t understand what they want me to do.  How was I supposed to know?  I am…

Enabling Organizational Change

Last week I concluded my 15 part series of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect.”  This week I will talk about organizational change and how you can get stakeholders excited. If someone tells you they like change, they are lying to themselves and to you.  No one likes change.  Change is hard.  Change requires effort.  What if…

The Dilemma: Communicating IT Business Value

SCENE 1, MID-AFTERNOON, FADE IN: IT walks through the door after a checkpoint meeting and sits on the couch. Doctor: What brings you to my office today? IT: I think the business might be leaving me for a younger, slimmer, sexier, IT alternative. Doctor: You didn’t see it coming?  I’m not surprised, many don’t. They…