Of late, the online media is flooded with plenty of articles/opinions on the future of Enterprise IT and CIO roles in next decades. Why do we see such futuristic, inspirational, transformational viewpoints doing the rounds these days? I strongly believe that Enterprise IT is at its inflection point due to two main mega trends happening in the industry.
The Open Group India Conference in Pune on 11 March, 2011 was very well attended. The delegates actively participated in the Conference, ensuring a very lively day.
Is enterprise architecture primarily about IT or is it about the entire enterprise? Is enterprise architecture a “hard” discipline or a “soft” discipline? Our answers strongly influence what we believe is within the purview of enterprise architecture, how we address that scope, and what we imagine we can accomplish by doing so.
Whatever modeling or tools or methodologies one may adapt for EA, there should be a connect to the fundamental forces that shape the thinking of the enterprise. I think it is very important that we be aware of the forces of influence of our enterprises and position EA to help manage these forces.
If IT doesn’t believe in itself, how can we expect business to believe in us, to treat us like partners and not as order takers?
At every turn from agrarian to industrial to informative to creative, fundamental changes occurred in how business was done and in the principles of business management. These changes, although seemingly unrelated to a field like Enterprise Architecture, will help unravel the emergence of new forces and the need to adjust (if you are reactive) or plan for (if you are proactive) these forces.