Enterprise Architecture and Open Standards for Organizational Transformation and Innovation

The Open Group will explore Enterprise Architecture (EA) best practices and open standards for business transformation at the event in Lima, Peru, on October 4 and 5, 2018. More detailed information can be found here.

The business environment is evolving. Changes to regulations, new customer demands and the increased use of information technologies and mobile devices are just some of the trends putting pressure on organizations to prioritize innovation and efficiency in order to remain competitive.

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

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