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…

Enterprise Architecture: The Real Game Changer.

In part 14 of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed 8 steps to make strategic business decisions.  This week marks the last part of this blog series. Has your viewpoint on Enterprise Architecture changed? The landscape for business in the commercial space as well as government has changed greatly over the last 10 years….

8 Steps to Make Strategic Business Decisions

In part 13 of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed Database Rationalization.  This week I will talk about how to make strategic business decisions. Do you feel like you have enough information to make critical strategic business decisions? Throughout this blog series I have talked about where to get the information you need to…

Database Rationalization: The Amazing Results

In part 12 of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed the IT Chargeback Model.  This week I will talk about Database Rationalization. Does your organization have a good process around managing all of the databases running your business? It may not sound like a big deal, but there are many business questions that Enterprise…

IT Chargeback and Cost Transparency

In part 11 of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed the importance of having a robust Governance process in order to be successful with Enterprise Architecture.  This week I will talk about the IT Chargeback Model. What is IT Chargeback? It is a funding model where IT can charge its internal customers for using…

The Zen of Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring

Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring (CDM) is many things, and simultaneously is not a thing at all.  It is not a process, a tool, or a library of best practices.  It is a state of being.  It is about being secure, being mindful of risks, being able to respond quickly to the inevitable threats you will…

How do you spell success with EA? It starts with a G and ends with an E…

In part 10 of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed why when implementing EA in your organization, you need everyone involved to know what’s in it for them.  This week I will discuss what Governance is and how it is a necessity in order to be successful with Enterprise Architecture. What is Governance? What…

Organize your Enterprise Architecture Event: Value First!

In part 9 of “Memoirs of an Enterprise Architect” I discussed some key Enterprise Architecture (EA) concepts and provided simplified definitions.  I would like to continue this discussion and ask that you comment with your thoughts. Enterprise Architecture cordially invites you to Dinner and Desert… Your EA table is right this way Enterprise Architecture is…