Architecting Change as a Core Competency
In a recent article for Forbes I wrote that enterprise architects (EAs)
should be less agents of change as architects of change. In response, several
EAs commented that what they had been doing all along looked quite a bit like
architecting change. After all, dealing with change has always been a top
priority for enterprise architecture.
There's more to architecting change than managing change, however. In order
to deal with disruptive business environments - as well as introducing
disruption intentionally to shake up the competition - organizations must
become better at dealing with change generally.
In other words, change itself must become a core competency.
Furthermore, the EA should play a central role in this pursuit of greater
business agility, as there are many different types of change that require
different approach... (more)
Remember Mad Libs? You'd get a book that contained paragraphs with key words
missing, replaced with hints as to what might fill the blanks. You and your
friends would come up with silly words to complete the sentences, with
predictably hilarious results.
Well, it's time for some Gartner Mad Libs. For this game, the same word
belongs in all the blanks. See if you can figure out what the missing word is
(here's the source if you can't resist peeking).
The current software ecosystem allows only whole products to be
commercialized - not functions or features.... While the number of e... (more)
In last week's Cortex newsletter, I introduced the following diagram of a
customer-centric digital architecture, where digital architecture is
shorthand for enterprise architecture that's laser focused on driving digital
Customer-Centric Digital Architecture
In the diagram above, the traditional architectural layers (represented here
as concentric bands) have been grayed out in favor of customer journeys that
cut across user interface, process, technology infrastructure, and data
concerns, instead focusing on the preferences and behavior of individual
Digital transformation impacts all corners of the business, and perhaps the
most important corner to us here at Intellyx is the dark cul-de-sac where the
enterprise architects huddle.
Because of their unique capability to maintain and communicate the big
picture of enterprise transformation, EAs can be critical to the success of a
digital initiative - but only if they slough off the paperwork-laden,
gatekeeper-centric thinking of the EA of days past.
Instead, EAs must empower their organization to achieve success with digital
efforts through the proper use of digital architecture... (more)
In my last Cortex newsletter I explained that the trimodal pattern from Value
Chain Mapping wouldn't fix the well-known issues with bimodal IT. I've also
gone on the record taking issue with Gartner's questionable advice to let
slow go slow. Instead, my advice for getting out of the bimodal IT trap is to
Fix slow, you say? Easier said than done! After all, enterprises have been
struggling with legacy modernization and migration initiatives for decades,
with woefully limited success. Why should we expect any better luck this time
Even if we did have some magic ... (more)