Committing to the decision to begin the digital transformation of your company is obviously only the first step. We have to identify goals, priorities, tactics, resources, etc. Then there’s the matter of putting plans in motion once we have the pieces organized. Who do you think is going to be at the center of all of this?
I am frequently astonished by how so many large organizations aren’t leveraging their enterprise architecture practices to their full extent. Managed the right way with the right tools, enterprise architecture is the GPS for your business, helping you navigate risky or uncertain territory with confidence and accuracy. What are the rest of you using? Luck? The Force?
I speak to enterprise architects from large organizations who are handcuffed with spreadsheets and sticky notes as their tools for communicating the intricacies of their vast business ecosystem. While these enterprise architects often demonstrate Jedi-like skill, imagine how much more effective they’d be with a more robust EA program in support of their activities.
If your organization is going to be forward-thinking and innovative, then it’s a good idea for your enterprise architecture program to be forward-thinking and innovative. Consider trends such as device mesh, ambient user experience, 3D printing, information of everything, and advanced machine learning, to name a few. Is your enterprise architecture program considering how these technologies and trends could bring value to your business? These specific items may not be relevant to your success, but your EA team does need to have its finger on the pulse of what’s hot in technology and how to leverage it for business growth.
A group of enterprise architects will be getting together in Chicago at the Camp IT Enterprise Architecture Strategies conference to discuss topics like these. MEGA will be there too. If you can make it, come by and talk with us (… it’s on July 12th.) If you can’t make it, reach out to us after the event and we’ll fill you in on what you missed. There’s a lot to be learned, and we’re happy to be in the middle of all of it.