Monthly Archives: October 2011

What is Business Technology Management and how does it relate to Enterprise Architecture?

By Serge Thorn, Architecting the Enterprise

Business Technology Management (BTM) is not a methodology but I would say a concept, or eventually the aggregation of several guidelines and techniques. It is also described as a management science which aims to unify business and technology business strategies with the aim of extracting the full potential value of business technology solutions. In a nutshell, it allows you to unify business and technology decision making. Sound familiar?

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Does IT mean Information Technology? Or is it Just a Department?

By Stuart Boardman, KPN

Some Enterprise Architects I greatly respect frequently stress the point that EA is not just or even primarily about IT. Some others go as far as to argue that it’s nothing to do with IT at all (the same people appear to think that this applies to all technology). At the other extreme, people, possibly unaware of these discussions, appear to believe that it’s only about IT. The problem with both extremes is that, when it comes down to it they are talking about the role of an organization’s own IT department rather than the role of information technology in business. The result is that IT is perceived as purely a support function (i.e. nothing more than the automation of traditional business activities). That works well for both parties, because it’s then easy to isolate it and make it either a universe in itself or an uninteresting minor galaxy.

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Today’s projects, tomorrow’s bigger picture: an examination of Enterprise Transformation

By Allen Brown, CEO, The Open Group

Enterprise Transformation seems to be gathering momentum within the Enterprise Architecture community. It’s a term that seems to have originated in the EA community but which could be quite strange to senior executives or others in non-IT functions. Although Google finds 39 million web search results for the term, almost all of them reflect an IT perspective. The Journal of Enterprise Transformation is an official journal of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). While the systems engineering community’s notion of systems is based on general systems theory and is thus inclusive of much more than IT systems, the EA community has a tendency to see the world though “IT-colored glasses;” and this in turn colors its understanding of Enterprise Transformation.

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