Category Archives: technology planning

A Busy First Year

By | September 25, 2016

For all my good intentions, I was unable to restart my blog posts in the last year. My new role as the Senior Manager, Technology planning is not new anymore! The demand of my new job is significant and I worked very hard for this past year.

Notes from Gartner IT Sourcing Forum – Dubai May 2014

By | July 25, 2014

I had the opportunity to attend a Gartner briefing on IT Sourcing in Dubai in May 2014.  I found the session very valuable and it has made me think about some new approaches as we continue to be pressured to cut costs in higher education IT service delivery.   Frank Ridder and Alexa Bona were… Read More »

Knowing What You Have Supports Planning

By | February 22, 2013

Enterprise Architects all over the world build guiding principles to support their practices and planning. We built one in 2005 and it still holds true today. “Reuse before Acquire, Acquire before Create, Create Reusable Components” The big problem with this is that it is all “Motherhood and Apple Pie” unless you do the hard work… Read More »

Leveraging Roadmaps to Link Business and Technology

By | December 8, 2012

Enterprise Architects have used roadmaps as a standard model to describe the transition from the current state architecture to the future state architecture.   Many of my fellow enterprise architects have described the many different ways to create a roadmap and to show how they link to an organization’s strategic goals.  Nick Malik (@nickmalik) wrote… Read More »

Forrester Top 15 Technology Trends – Webinar Notes

By | January 27, 2011

Gene Leganza (@gleganza) VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research Inc discusses and presents on Technology Trends.  Gene used the following criteria (Impact, Newness, Complexity) to help describe the trends. In Oct 2010, Gene wrote about the Top 15 Technology Trends on his Forrester blog.  Gene published a table of the top trends here. On Jan 26,… Read More »

Do you need to create an As-Is State?

By | August 22, 2010

I just saw a post by Adrian Grigoriu responding to Gartner’s Philip Allega’s post Applying EA to Your Life .  Within the post about how EA might be able to help plan our lives, Philip then brings up an regular EA debate “Do you start with the Current State?”  Actually, Philip says don’t do it.… Read More »

EA Archivist or Activist? Delivering Value is the Key

By | August 12, 2010

Todd Biske posted a summary of a conversation he had with Mike Rollings,  Brenda Michelson, Chris Bird and others. They were discussing the future of Enterprise Architecture. A theme that emerged from their talks focused on whether your practice is defined by being an archivist (passive) or an activist (active).  Here is the conversation (from… Read More »

Gartner’s Emergent Architecture – Is this really a new approach?

By | August 15, 2009

On August 11th, Gartner announced a “new approach for enterprise architecture” that they labelled “Emergent Architecture”.  I got a chance to read some responses from Todd Biske, Mike Rollings, and Dion Hinchcliffe.  Thanks for the great insights and commentary. In the press release, Bruce Robertson, Gartner Research VP states the two characteristics of “Emergent EA”:… Read More »

Managing Complexity with EA

By | May 16, 2008

Over time, technology provides more and more functions and hopefully value to your enterprise. The challenge is how to manage the complexity that comes with technology. I started my IT career as an IBM 360 mainframe computer operator managing VM/CMS and DOS/VSE CICS systems. IT architectures were relatively simple. One large computer, a few large… Read More »

How I use a CMM to plan, mature and assess our EA practice

By | February 4, 2008

CMM or Capability Maturity Model is a tool I have used to develop our EA practice. We all know James McGovern has a strong dislike for things like CMMi and heavy weight processes but I wanted to share a light weight way to use a Capability Maturity Model to plan and build out your Enterprise… Read More »