Why Enterprise Architecture as a Subject is a “Must-Have” Now More Than Ever Before?

By Vishal Kumar, Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

A master’s in business administration helps students understand business dynamics better. I believe having the ability to see business as a wholesome thing is paramount in today’s era. There is a dire need for students to apply the lens of Enterprise Architect and break the silos approach to enable students to see the business as a single unit. It is pivotal to understand that enterprise doesn’t run in silos the way the subjects during our MBA might make us think. For an enterprise to run efficiently and effectively, it needs to run collaboratively, i.e., all the fundamental constituents of an enterprise need to make progress in tandem.

“An enterprise is only as strong as the weakest link.”

Let’s take an analogy of the human body. For a human body to run efficiently, it needs an intention and goal, and it requires food as fuel, sleep as refreshment and a family as a support system.

Are Standards “The Turning Point” for Agility?

y, Associate Director, Enterprise Architecture & Strategy

I consider open standards a huge time saver when getting started on any architecture engagement. I would like to start a conversation here about the use of architecture standards for agility in a digital transformation. In the comments, would you please answer the following question?:

Which standards have you tried using, to solve which problems, and what benefits did you receive?

To get this started, here are some of the standards we opted to include in a book I recently co-authored with Kees van Brink and Sylvain Marie called, “The Turning Point: A Novel about Agile Architects Building a Digital Foundation.” The novel tells the story of Enterprise Architects and other characters in a company who recently went through a merger and who use several standards together to accelerate a Digital Transformation, including these standards from The Open Group

Architectural Data will Guide the 2020s

Dr Tim O’Neill, Founder and Principal at Avolution and Research Fellow at UTS

What technical and financial analytics should CIOs and decision makers expect from Enterprise Architects in 2022?

Enterprises are in the middle of an application explosion and a transformation acceleration.
Looking just at the application landscape: industry surveys tell us that the average enterprise is using 1,295 cloud services , and also runs around 500 custom applications . The worldwide enterprise applications market reached $241 billion last year, growing 4.1% year-over-year in 2020, according to IDC .

The underpinning architectures of enterprises– made up of interactions between people, processes and technology, and often also physical assets (IoT) – are also growing and changing at pace.

Enterprise Architects keep CIOs and business units informed using IT cost calculations and technical and lifecycle metrics.

They will often present costs and technical metrics for the current IT landscape, plus forecasts to inform planning for new business scenarios and digital transformation projects.

How to Use Microservices: A Guide for Enterprise Architects

By Andrew Lewthwaite and Leahan Shimon, Avolution

Many organizations have started to break up a portion of their monolith applications and systems, transitioning to sets of smaller, interconnected microservices.

A recent survey by TechRepublic found that organizations who used microservices were reaping clear benefits: 69% were experiencing faster deployment of services, 61% had greater flexibility to respond to changing conditions, and 56% benefited more from rapidly scaling up new features into large applications.

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