The State of Artificial Intelligence and Need for Standards: A Conversation with Syed Husain

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a lot of promise, but it is still in the hype phase. Although strides have been made in machine learning and cognitive computing, most practical applications for AI are still nascent. As such, this is the right time to begin developing AI standards that can address some of the issues that have already been identified with AI, such as potential bias and the ethical concerns behind the technology, so that business value can be maximized.

Syed Husain, Manager Enterprise Architecture for Accenture, examined these topics at The Open Group London event in April 2018. In this far-reaching conversation, we spoke with Husain about where AI stands today, what the ultimate promise of AI is and the value standards may be able to bring to this still-emerging technology.

“Enterprise Architecture As A Service” – How – REACH for the STARS

In two prior blogs, I described why “Enterprise Architecture As A Service” (EA As A Service) would be a good thing and what it might look like.

Why? Because a properly implemented service delivery model would put the emphasis in more appropriate places:

Production and use value versus EA as a deliverable
Timely value along the way versus at the end
Clear expectations versus vague promise
Support and enablement versus ivory tower compliance
What? A portfolio of services provided on demand in service categories:

Planning Services to scope based on need
Buy-in/collaboration Services to ensure the right people in the organization are engaged
Development Services to build the right parts of an EA at the right time
Management Services to ensure that the EA efforts delivers value consistently
Usage Services to derive value from the EA
Decision Support Services to support Portfolio Governance decisions

The Adaptive Enterprise: Using Standards for Transformation – A Conversation with Marc Lankhorst

The rapid pace of change in technology and business today is driving the need for companies to be more adaptive than ever. Standards can help make these transitions easier for companies and aid them in their transformation efforts.

This blog is the first in a series that looks at how standards can be used together to help organizations better facilitate the transformations and changes they need to make. In this first installment, we spoke to Marc Lankhorst, Managing Consultant for BizzDesign, about the business imperatives that are driving enterprises to adopt a more adaptive approach to how they do business. Subsequent blogs in this series will explore the practical use of standards for adaptation and transformation.

“Enterprise Architecture As A Service” – What

In my previous blog, I described why “Enterprise Architecture As A Service” (EA As A Service) would be a good thing. Fundamentally because a properly implemented service delivery model would put the emphasis in more appropriate places:

– Production and use value versus EA as a deliverable
– Timely value along the way versus at the end
– Clear expectations versus vague promise
– Support and enablement versus ivory tower compliance

The Open Group to Hold Upcoming Event in Houston, Texas

The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology standards consortium, is hosting its upcoming event in Houston, Texas, July 23 – 26, 2018. The Open Group Houston 2018 – Digital Transformation in the Energy Industry – will bring together vendors and end user organizations to discuss the development of standards-based and interoperable architecture, with a particular focus on technical and business issues for process automation.

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