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The Artist Formerly Known as Enterprise Architect

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment
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Is the role of EA evolving?

At the Enterprise Architecture Forum 2011 in San Francisco Forrester Research VP Gene Leganza asked, “Enterprise Architecture In The Year 2020: Strategic Nexus or Oblivion?” The role of the EA has always been nebulous.  “What do you do?”,  is one my least favorite questions in the world.  Good EAs must skilly combine business acumen, technology knowledge, risk management, process, excellent communication skills and alchemy to align technology resources to whatever will be needed to meet the future competitive goals of the business.

It is so important for EAs to be aligned with the business that a new trend is emmerging.  4% of enterprise architects report to a business executive, a chief operating officer, or chief executive officer, for example. 43% report to the CIO and 12% report to the CTO, Leganza said. The 4% is a new development.

Business decision makers are increasingly driving technology decisions and they need advisors. It is a logical move, but definitely introduces some messiness in the organizational hierarchy. Leganza suggested that EA role may split by 2020 into a technology architect and a business architect. While I can understand the thought process I think it is dangerous. EA that only business aligned or only technology aligned are simply not as valuable due to their biases.

Information Week explored this evolution in the EA role  in more detail.


Is Big Data a Big Problem for Data Warehousing?

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment
Big Data a Big Problem for Data Warehouse

Will big data be the death of data warehousing?

Gigabytes and terabytes are now small potatoes. We measure big data in petabytes.  Our smart phones, tablets, highway sensors, physician visits and social media interactions will drive the creation of more data in the next few years than have been created in the entire history of humanity.  Big data is becoming so disruptive, it is prompting some to question, “Will big data be the death of the data warehouse?”

Stating that data is growing rapidly feels too quaint.  IDC predicts that in the next decade the amount of data will grow 44-fold.  Data is getting [insert your favorite expletive] huge!  Yeah, that feels better. Data is spilling out of IT departments enticing the business to slice it, dice it and wrap it in a bow.  Although the possible insights this new data provides are exciting, the exponential proliferation is challenging traditional data management practices like data warehousing. Read more on TechAxcess.

Is There Room for RIMO in the Cloud?

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Recent industry analysis suggests that demand for remote infrastructure management outsourcing, RIMO, is increasing. Driven by aggressive budgets and growing technology demands, leaders are finding newer, more efficient ways to operate.  RIMO is a multi-billion dollar market; and, the growth is expected to continue. However, optimism about the RIMO market is not universal.  Read more of my latest article on Nearshore Americas.

The Cloud Can Improve Security

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment
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Contrary to popular perception, the cloud can make security better.

Security is rarely listed as a benefit of the cloud.  In fact, we are frequently warned that the cloud is a scary place.  Countless articles caution about all of the things that can go wrong; entire conferences are dedicated to the topic. Some concern is understandable and warranted.  Public clouds introduce unique security challenges, but a slightly deeper examination reveals that many of security challenges aren’t cloud specific. They are the same old security problems that organizations were aware of, and possibly failed to address, in on-premise platforms and processes.

Read more of my latest article at TechAxcess.

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Cloud Standards: Bringing Clarity to the Cloud

February 9, 2011 1 comment

The cloud is, well everywhere.  Blogs, industry magazines, vendors and even television commercials seduce us “To the cloud.”  The latest reports by industry analysts indicate cloud computing is one of the top technology priorities for CIOs in 2011.  Given the rapid increase in popularity, adoption and vendors, it shouldn’t be too surprising that the momentum to establish standards for cloud computing has also increased.

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Oracle Offers Free EA Guidelines and Reference Architectures

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Despite Oracle’s recent antics with Java, maybe Oracle isn’t all bad. The company has released a library of of guidelines and reference architectures targeted at enterprise architects. The library includes more than 25 documents and 1,200 pages of enterprise architecture materials. The library includes:

  • Overview documents
  • Oracle Reference Architectures
  • Enterprise Technology Strategies for Service-Oriented Architecture
  • Enterprise Technology Strategies for Business Process Management

Oracle is providing the library free to registered OTN members.The EA IT strategies is located at

Five Trends In Enterprise Software

February 8, 2011 1 comment

The analyst firm that seems to know everything about everything in the world of technology, or at least plays one on the web, Gartner, has identified five trends impacting the enterprise software industry long-term. The firm is predicting the enterprise software market will surpass $253.7 billion in revenue in 2011 – not an insignificant sum by any measure. Where is all of this cash headed?

The enterprise software marketplace constantly changing and adjusting, but Gartner says globalization, implementation, modernization, socialization and verticalization, will be driving the industry long term. The Gartner study indicates:

  • Globalization: This encompasses market consolidation and technology convergence trends, as well as the connected society, vendor mergers, and acquisitions. Gartner predicts significant technology and vendor consolidation during the next several years will reshape the current landscape. During this period of market disruption, highly fragmented software markets will become more structured and marked by an extensive reduction of vendors. Even though organizations compete globally, localization requirements — including languages, cultures and laws — must be supported.
  • Implementation: How organizations procure and deliver software is being challenged with cloud-computing, platform as a service (PaaS) and SaaS, coupled with pervasive and mobile access. The demand for cloud-based solutions will continue throughout the next several years. Mobile solutions have led to the opening of many new industry-based market opportunities, such as mobile banking, mobile commerce and remote healthcare diagnostics.
  • Modernization: Enterprises continue to migrate to open-source software (OSS) and SOA as older applications and systems become more costly to upgrade and maintain. Aligned with the modernization trend, automating business processes and streamlining workflows continue to gain traction. Enterprises are expecting to provide significant resources in 2011 to upgrade all types of systems and software, ranging from personal productivity tools, to build-run-manage infrastructure software, to user-driven applications. Virtualization is a key modernization factor.
  • Socialization: Use of social media and networking continues to gain traction. In the trend of socialization, which includes personalization, collaboration and content in the context of user-defined activities, Gartner predicts that unified communications and collaboration will see increased adoption in 2012, and context-aware and presence-based computing will gain more traction in 2013.
  • Verticalization: This trend involves a cycle of horizontal software applications becoming more customized and catered toward specific industries. In deploying new software technologies, it is common for vendors to initially provide generalized technology that, over time, can then give rise to more industry-specific and line-of-business features. Examples are communications-enabled business processes and composite content applications.

In addition to identifying broad technology trends,  Gartner also noted that business intelligence, collaboration, content management, social software and supply chain management will be the top software growth areas in 2011. Given the recent velocity of solutions emerging in this space, it seems that vendors agree with analysts’ assessment.