Category Archives: Enterprise Architecture

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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Organizations are conservative

You’ve got all these people. So you organize them, right? That was really useful back when communications around the office moved at the pace of a handwritten note or a typed carbon copy, coupled with an occasional person-to-person telephone call. … Continue reading

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Getting past the impulse to order everything

There’s a constant temptation in management more generally, and IT specifically, to presume that everything not only can be ordered, but that it ought to be. Perhaps, for IT people, it comes from the origins of the work. The original … Continue reading

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Learning to see differently

There’s a long running tension in IT between centralisation and decentralisation. Processing more data, after all, simply requires more resources. More storage, more computing power — but the software is (probably) the same. (The “probably” reflects the fact that different … Continue reading

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Getting to the basics

It’s amazing how many enterprises don’t have the basics agreed to, even after all these years. Take your basic insurance company. It doesn’t matter what kind, as long as it’s customer facing. Let’s take property and casualty. What’s good customer … Continue reading

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