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Enterprise Architects “Know Nothing”: A Conversation with Ron Tolido

By The Open Group

It has been well documented that the digital economy is sending many companies—not to mention industries— into a tailspin. Customer expectations, demands for innovation and a rapid change are creating an IT landscape that is not only difficult to manage but nearly impossible to predict. And according to Capgemini’s Ron Tolido, Enterprise Architects need to prepare to function in a world where they have no idea what type of solutions and innovations their clients may need, even in the near future—a world where Enterprise Architects “know nothing.”

Tolido, who spoke at The Open Group London 2016 in April, believes organizations must begin to look to “I don’t know” architectures if they are to survive in the digital economy. Traditional IT methods and architectural practices that were established during the 1980s and 1990s are no longer relevant in the digital age.

Because customer and business needs are constantly changing there really is no way to know what IT landscapes will look like in the future or what type of solutions organizations will need, Tolido says. Therefore, rather than asking clients what they need, IT must instead provide users an architected platform of services that can be mixed and matched to meet a variety needs, enabling business customers to go in any direction they want.

As such, Tolido says Enterprise Architects in this emerging digital era are comparable to the character Jon Snow from HBO’s Game of Thronesa character who is often told “You know nothing.” Like Jon Snow, today Enterprise Architects effectively know nothing because businesses have no idea what the future will hold, whether two days or ten years from now. With new business scenarios developing in real-time, architectures can no longer be painstakingly planned for or designed.

So where does that leave Enterprise Architects? What can they offer in a world where they know nothing and are heading blindly into an environment that is constantly in flux?

Tolido says it’s time for enterprise architectures to stop trying to make predictions as to what architectures should look like and instead provide the business a digital platform that will allow for a new style of architecting, one that drives continuous transformation rather than requirements-driven, step-by-step change.

To do this, Tolido says Enterprise Architects must enable “the art of the possible” within organizations, providing their clients with a catalog of possibilities—a listing of potential things they could be doing to help companies continually transform themselves.

This is a huge shift for most IT departments, Tolido says, which are still stuck in the mindset that the business is different from IT and that business requirements must drive IT initiatives, with architecture sitting somewhere between the two. No longer can architects be content to place architectures somewhere in the middle between the business and IT, Tolido says, because in the next generation of IT—the era of the platform—there is no distinction between business and IT. They are one and the same. With the “third platform”—or Open Platform 3.0™—the platform must allow the business to continually adapt to the needs of customers and market forces.

This brave new world will also require Enterprise Architects to become more adaptable themselves and give up control of their architectures, Tolido says. The role of architects is evolving with them becoming business enablers, or platform “maesters.”

Currently, many established enterprises are having a difficult time adjusting to this new reality; thus all the digital disruption we are seeing across industries, Tolido says. Start-ups and newer technology players have some advantage here because they are already in a state of change and their systems have been designed to deal with that.

One way, Tolido suggests, that enterprises can make transformation easier on themselves would be to create a “parallel IT universe” alongside their existing systems that explores a more service-oriented model and allows for them to transition. Although such a system might cannibalize existing services or products, it may also be the only way to keep up with disruptive market forces. “Better to eat yourself and be your own disruptor than have someone else do it to you,” Tolido says.

As “platform maesters,” Enterprise Architects will also need to become much more proactive in helping company stakeholders understand the necessity of a platform play for continuous business transformation. That means proving that the EA role is much more about designing a continuously enabling platform than actually designing solutions, which is a shift in role for EAs. Tolido believes EAs must also become better at telling the digital story and outlining the business possibilities that services can enable. “They need to become real change agents. This will require more imagination from architects as well.”

Enabling unhindered, continuous transformation may actually allow businesses to move closer to The Open Group vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™, Tolido says. Standards will have a significant role to play here because companies designing platforms that allow for constant change will need the help of standards. The work being done in The Open Group Open Platform 3.0 Forum can help organizations better understand what open platforms designed for micro services and ad hoc application composition will look like. For example, Tolido says, the concept of the Open Business Data Lake—an environment that combines services, data retrieval and storage in a fluid way to provides dynamic outlets and uses for the data, is an indicator of how the landscape will look differently. “Standards are crucial for helping people understand how that landscape should look and giving guidance as to how organizations can work with microservices and agility,” Tolido says.

Despite all the upheaval going on at companies and in IT today, Tolido believes these are exciting times for IT because the discipline is going through a revolution that will effect everything that businesses do. Although it may take some adjustments for Enterprise Architects, Tolido says the new landscape will provide a lot of compelling challenges for architects who accept that they know “nothing”, go with the flow and who can adapt to uncertainty.

“It’s a new world. There’s more change than you can absorb right now. Better enjoy the ride.”

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By The Open Group

Ron Tolido is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Application Services Continental Europe, Capgemini. He is also a Director on The Open Group Governing Board and blogger for Capgemini’s multiple award-winning CTO blog, as well as the lead author of Capgemini’s TechnoVision and the global Application Landscape Reports. As a noted Digital Transformation ambassador, Tolido speaks and writes about IT strategy, innovation, applications and architecture. Based in the Netherlands, Mr. Tolido currently takes interest in apps rationalization, Cloud, enterprise mobility, the power of open, Slow Tech, process technologies, the Internet of Things, Design Thinking and – above all – radical simplification.

 

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Barcelona Highlights

By Steve Philp, The Open Group

Within a 15 minute walk of Camp Nou (home of FC Barcelona), The Open Group Conference “kicked off” on Monday morning with some excellent plenary presentations from Scott Radedztsky of Deloitte followed by Peter Haviland and Mick Adams of Ernst & Young, and after the break from Helen Sun of Oracle and finally Ron Tolido and Manuel Sevilla from Capgemini. You can see most of these Big Data presentations for yourself on The Open Group’s Livestream page.

The “second half” of the day was split into tracks for Big Data, Enterprise Architecture (EA), TOGAF® and ArchiMate®. Henry Franken of BiZZdesign talked about EA in terms of TOGAF and ArchiMate (you can see this on our Livestream site, too) and the other ArchiMate presentations from Peter Filip of Tatra Bank, Gerben Wierda of APG Asset Management and Mieke Mahakena of Capgemini were also well received by an enthusiastic audience. Networking and drinks followed at the end of the track sessions, and the “crowd” went away happy after day one.

Tuesday started with a plenary presentation by Dr. Robert Winter from the University of St Gallen on EA and Transformation Management. See the following clip to learn more about his presentation and his research.


This was followed by tracks on distributed services architecture, security, TOGAF 9 case studies, information architecture, quantum lifecycle management (QLM) and a new track on Practice Driven Research on Enterprise Transformation (PRET) and Trends in EA Research (TEAR). The evening entertainment on day two consisted of dinner and a spectacular flamenco dancing show at the Palacio de Flamenco – where a good time was had by all.

After the show there was also time for a number of us to watch Barcelona v. Celtic in their European Champions League match at the Camp Nou. This is the view from my seat:

 

The game ended in a 2-1 victory for Barcelona, and following the game there was much debate and friendly banter in the bar between the conference delegates and the Celtic fans that were staying at our hotel.

The track theme continued on day three of the conference along with member meetings such as the next version of TOGAF Working Group, the TOGAF Standard and ArchiMate Language Harmonization Project, Certification Standing Committee, and TOGAF Value Realization Working Group, etc. Member meetings of the Architecture Forum and Security Forum were held on Thursday and brought the Barcelona event to its conclusion.

At the end of the day, if your “goal” is to listen to some great presentations, network with your peers, participate in meetings and influence the generation of new IT standards, then you should get a ticket for our next fixture in Newport Beach, Calif., USA on January 28-31, 2013. The theme, again, will be Big Data.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Steve Philp is the Marketing Director at The Open Group. Over the past 20 years, Steve has worked predominantly in sales, marketing and general management roles within the IT training industry. Based in Reading, UK, he joined the Open Group in 2008 to promote and develop the organization’s skills and experience-based IT certifications. More recently, he has become responsible for corporate marketing as well as certification.

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The Open Group is Livestreaming The Open Group Barcelona Conference

By The Open Group Conference Team

The Open Group Conference in Barcelona will commence next week and cover the theme of “Big Data – The Next Frontier in the Enterprise.” During the four day conference, which runs Oct. 22-24, speakers and sessions will address the challenges and solutions facing Enterprise Architecture within the context of Big Data.

With travel budgets tight, we know Barcelona is hard to get to for many of our Open Group members. As such, The Open Group will be Livestreaming some of our sessions on Monday, Oct. 22. The keynote speakers include Deloitte Analytics CTO Scott Radeztsky; Ernst & Young Head of Architecture Peter Haviland; Ernst & Young Chief Business Architecture Mick Adams; Oracle Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture Helen Sun; Capgemini CTO Ron Tolido; and Capgemini CTO Manuel Sevilla.

BiZZdesign CEO, Henry Franken, will host a Livestreaming session on how ArchiMate® with TOGAF® improves business efficiency. And on Wednesday, we are Livestreaming an “Ask the Experts” panel session with FACE™ Consortium members on their efforts to transform the U.S. Department of Defense’s Avionics Software Enterprise with open standards.

Livestreaming Sessions

Title: How Companies Extract Insight and Foresight from Big Data

Speaker: Scott Radeztsky, CTO, Deloitte Analytics Innovation Centers

Date: Monday, October 22

Time: 8:50-9:45 a.m. UTC / 2:50-3:45 a.m. ET

Link: https://new.livestream.com/opengroup/Radeztsky-BCN12

 

Title: Boardroom Business Architecture – What Executives Want to Know About Big Data and Analytics

Speaker: Peter Haviland, Head of Business Architecture, Ernst & Young; Mick Adams, Chief Business Architect, Ernst & Young

Date: Monday, October 22

Time: 9:50-10:35 a.m. UTC / 3:50-4:35 a.m. ET

Link: https://new.livestream.com/opengroup/Mick-Peter-BC12

 

Title: Enterprise Information Management

Speaker: Helen Sun, Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture, Oracle

Date: Monday, October 22

Time: 11:10-11:55 a.m. UTC / 5:10-5:55 a.m. ET

Link: https://new.livestream.com/opengroup/Sun-BC12

 

Title: Big Data Needs Big Architecture – An Architectural Approach to Business Information Management

Speaker: Ron Tolido, CTO, Application Services in Europe, Capgemini; Manuel Sevilla, Chief Technical Officer, Global Business Information Management TLI, Capgemini

Date: Monday, October 22

Time: 12:00-12:40 p.m. UTC / 6:00-6:40 a.m. ET

Link: https://new.livestream.com/opengroup/Tolido-BC12

 

Title: Delivering Enterprise Architecture with TOGAF® and ArchiMate®

Speaker: Henry Franken, CEO, BiZZdesign

Date: Monday, October 22

Time: 2:00-2:45 p.m. UTC / 8:00-8:45 a.m. ET

Link: https://new.livestream.com/opengroup/Franken-BC12

 

Title: Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™): Ask the Experts (panel)

Speakers: Jeff Howington, Rockwell Collins – FACE Steering Committee Vice-Chair; Kirk Avery, Lockheed Martin – FACE Technical Working Group Vice-Chair; Dennis Stevens, Lockheed Martin, FACE Business Chair; Chip Downing, Wind River – FACE Business Working Group Outreach Lead

Moderator: Judy Cerenzia, FACE Program Director

Date: Wednesday, October 24

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. UTC / 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

Link: https://new.livestream.com/opengroup/Downing-BC12

 

We hope you we see you either in Barcelona or online during one of the Livestreaming sessions!

For more information on The Open Group Barcelona Conference, please visit: http://www.opengroup.org/barcelona2012.

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