From cloud computing and big data, to the Internet of Things and digital product delivery, the nature of IT has changed dramatically. As a result, today’s IT departments are under enormous pressure to help organizations remain competitive throughout the digitalization process. Traditionally, IT departments have not been built to focus on development, and are not yet agile enough to handle a business environment that must constantly adapt to an ever-evolving marketplace.
The Open Group released two new bodies of work during The Open Group Denver event in July 2019. The first was a snapshot of what is intended to become The Open Agile Architecture Framework™ (O-AAF). The objective of this document is to cover both Digital Transformation and Agile Transformation of the enterprise, and is valid until January 15, 2020. The second new document was The Digital Practitioner Body of Knowledge™ Standard (DPBoK), Version 1.0, which assists individuals and organizations who wish to create and manage product offerings with an increasing digital component, or lead their organization through Digital Transformation.
The Open Group hosted its latest event at the stunning Koepelkerk, a 17th century domed cathedral adjoining the Renaissance Hotel, in Amsterdam, November 4 -7. In attendance were 350 attendees – from 29 countries – including decision-makers, Enterprise Architects, technologists, and end-users representing many businesses and governments. The event explored how the two practices of Agile and Enterprise Architecture (EA) can leverage one another, with plenary and track sessions on Agile Architecture methods including case studies from organizations such as Capgemini, Raytheon, DXC, IAG, Micro Focus, Philips, and ING.
In this modern age, Digital Transformation continues to be a priority for company executives. They know that Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IOT), and Big Data are driving their ability to improve customer experience, stay ahead of the competition and generate business growth. However, with IT teams entrenched in managing day-to-day technology, it is difficult for IT to stay abreast of the strategic discussions occurring at the business level and proactively plan for associated IT upgrades, modifications, or new systems. This disconnect can result in a lagging approach to IT planning especially as business decisions are made in fast-moving agile environments.
At our Scottsdale event in January this year, we launched the newest profession within The Open Professions Program, the Open Certified Data Scientist (Open CDS). Seven months later, we are very pleased to announce that we have certified the first group of certified Data Scientists – including seven certified at Master level.
Before describing the future Enterprise Architect, we will reflect on the current Enterprise Architect, one of their customers – a current line of business leader – and the strained relationship between them. For the sake of personalization, we will call the current Enterprise Architect ‘Archie’, and current line of business leader ‘Loretta’.
In the future state of Enterprise Architecture, the relationship between the two evolves towards one that is more productive and trusted. We describe what a future Enterprise Architect might look like and summarize the salient differences.