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Is Enterprise Architecture Broken?

By Ric Phillips

In July this year Forbes published an article by Jason Bloomberg titled;

Is Enterprise Architecture Completely Broken?

I don’t agree with the “completely” part. But it is an effective rhetorical flourish. And I think his premise holds and his argument sound. 

The enterprise architecture Bloomberg is critiquing makes artefacts:

Frameworks, models and meta-models, governance policies, two-year road maps, standards, boards, processes, not to mention the BADT domain reference models, repositories, reference architectures, repeatable patterns and the whole enterprise continuum.

The most dominant metaphor – and it is a metaphor – for all this activity is cartography. We imagine ourselves map mappers.

That metaphor lays two traps – and many of us have fallen in.

The first trap is the risk that we spend all our time drawing a map so detailed it is as easy to get lost on the map as it is to get lost in the terrain it represents. More sadly the map may never get enough detail to be useful.

Read the entire article at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/enterprise-architecture-broken-ric-phillips

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.

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