‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through IT,
Panic set in, for who could foresee?
Shoppers still scrambling, all over the web,
Buying products online, when they should be in bed.
Tech support was nestled all snug at their desks,
While live chats and phone calls put them to the test.
And servers were buzzing, as orders were placed.
“Will the system hold up?!?” – the CIO braced.
When out in the hall there arose noisy chatter,
I stepped to the group, to ask “What’s the matter?”
Then a voice rang out, and was heard above all
“I know who can help, I know who to call!”
“The enterprise architects can guide us through this.
Their models and dashboards act like GPS!”
Then what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But the enterprise architects (… and one had a beard).
More rapid than eagles and coursers they came,
And whistled, and shouted deliverables by name:
“Now dashboards, now heatmaps, reports and assessments,
On strategies, deployments, capabilities and investments.
From the top of the C-suite, to the architect’s hall,
We’ve modeled it, modeled it, modeled it all!”
And quickly they listed for us, one by one,
The projects and steps and work they had done.
They created best practices that will stick just like tape,
Then explained how they rationalized the app’ landscape.
They reviewed artifacts and documentation,
Then analyzed requirements and problem causation.
They took the time to create specifications,
Then designed, prepared, and tested configurations.
The one with the beard put us at ease,
When he told us they’d considered the company’s needs.
“We’re in compliance, efficiency’s improved.
Risks are mitigated, legacy systems are few.
We ran as-is/to-be and made the right moves.
The transition from one state to the other was smooth.”
There was something familiar about this old guy.
Had we spoken before? I stood there tongue-tied.
He was confident and sure, with a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
“Infrastructure is sound, the vision is clear.
Applications are stable, with nothing to fear.
The pace of change and digital disruption,
Have hit the market like a technology eruption.
As customer expectations expand,
We made sure the company could meet the demand.”
His words brought us comfort, and filled us with joy,
I couldn’t have been happier if I’d been handed a toy.
We all began clapping and cheering and praising,
“These enterprise architects are truly amazing!”
Then the one with the beard walked toward the door.
I called “Don’t leave yet, we want to hear more!”
He said “This team’s good, this team’s got this, my son.
Now I have to go - my night’s just begun.”
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, the elevator rose.
He was headed upstairs, I said “Wait, that’s the roof!”
Then I heard footsteps (… those couldn’t be hooves?)
We raced to the top, like children at play,
And there before us, were his reindeer and sleigh.
And I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight –
“Happy Christmas from MEGA, and to all a good night!”