Author Archives: Bruce Stewart

About Bruce Stewart

A philosophically minded politically interested fellow with more opinions than is probably good for him.

What architects should be doing (and mostly aren’t)

Suppose, just suppose, you are called into the CEO’s office. Then suppose the CEO says “justify this group called enterprise architecture”. What are you going to say? — because “well, everyone else has one and so we need one too” … Continue reading

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When will enterprise architecture really make a difference?

It’s been around for over a decade, and, frankly, in most enterprises, all it’s made are enemies. It’s “enterprise architecture” — or, as other parts of the business know it, “those damned do nothing laggards”. Architects are far too often … Continue reading

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IT filled with teams “preserving knowledge” is doing it wrong

Information technology groups tend to be quite persistent. The excuse is “preserving knowledge”. Preserving hard-won knowledge of the business area served by the team. Preserving hard-won knowledge of the guts of the systems built by the team. If you need … Continue reading

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Top level metrics for the business to direct IT

Suppose you’re a non-executive director on the Board. Or a C-level officer of the enterprise. Maybe you’re the country manager, or divisional general manager, of a piece of the organization. What should you be looking at, to judge and give … Continue reading

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“If an experiment is sweet, you go ahead and do it” doesn’t belong in business

Robert Oppenheimer, working at Los Alamos during the development of the atomic bomb, was asked once why he’d done it. “If an experiment is sweet, you go ahead and do it”, he said. A lot of chatter in business today … Continue reading

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If the IT you have didn’t exist, what would you put in its place?

Here’s a thought experiment for you. Suppose you didn’t have any information technology in your workplace? What would you choose to do, with no pre-existing investments getting in the way? Let’s presume, for a moment, that you’re an office-centred business. … Continue reading

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