Pragmatic new models for enterprise architecture take shape | Enterprise Web 2.0 | ZDNet.com

August 11, 2009 — Leave a comment

Absolutely agree with this approach. I was sitting in an EA presentation the other day discussing e2.0 technologies thinking that we had to change our approach or none of our E2.0 efforts will come to fruition.

I am not an architect, but common sense tells me that most EA’s in place today were developed to address the technologies and design of businesses in years past. We’re moving on from there pushing information to the edge and EA’s have to shift with the times.

I love this line in the Gartner article Hihchlcliffe links to: “The first key characteristic of the emergent approach is best summarised as ‘architect the lines, not the boxes”.

Beautifully simplistic. Sums up the whole approach in one line.

Here’s the rest of that paragraph (it’s so spot on): which means managing the connections between different parts of the business rather than the actual parts of the business themselves,” said Bruce Robertson, research vice president at Gartner. “The second key characteristic is that it models all relationships as interactions via some set of interfaces, which can be completely informal and manual – for example, sending handwritten invitations to a party via postal letters – to highly formal and automated, such as credit-card transactions across the Visa network.”

EA’s have to adapt so the businesses can move fast. I’m seeing demand from the business side of the house outstrip our (IT) ability to act. I think we may face two outcomes if we can’t enable business with the lines vs. boxes approach:
1. Business will lose its competitive edge
or
2. Business will seek agility and flexibility on its own bypassing IT.

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