Things EA’s Should Think About – External Collaboration

Traditional boundaries between organizations are giving way to innovative and creative relationships, driven by a combination of necessity and opportunity. Cross-company information exchange and collaboration is the central success component. Identifying and addressing external collaboration issues is tailor-made to the broad, cross-enterprise, cross-domain perspective and analyses that an EA group can bring to the table.

Smart Grid and EA – Making Smart Grid Smarter

Many electric utility companies are in the process of fundamentally changing both their individual operations, as well as the electric industry as a whole.  Many of you have probably heard the term “Smart Grid,” but those in the electric industry are either embracing, waiting on or fearing (or maybe even a little bit of all … Read more

Highlights of IASA World Summit 2010 from EAdirections

The IASA World Summit was another interesting event from Paul Preiss and his crew. Seems like the speakers get more interesting and relevant to EA practitioners at each IASA event. The ongoing debate on “Is EA a profession, a role, a specialty or something else entirely?” continued in full force. Scott Ambler, IBM’s Chief Methodologist … Read more

EA and SOA Revisited

There has been a lot of discussion recently on online forums, phone calls and visits with clients and prospects, and in the analyst community about the relationship between enterprise architecture and service-oriented architecture … again. Three years ago EAdirections did a webinar with David Linthicum entitled “When EA and SOA Worlds Collide.”  (The presentation is available for download.)  … Read more

Market Driven Enterprise Architecture Survey

Market Orientation is a business planning discipline that stresses an understanding of market conditions and their impact on your enterprise as the major driver for operational and strategic plans. Obviously, this should then also be a major driver for EA planning. Regardless of whether you formally adopt Market Orientation in your enterprise, you will find … Read more

Social Networking – What’s good for them is good for EA

Enterprise architects have historically struggled with the process of publishing content to the stakeholders in their organization. Surprisingly, EA practitioners as a whole have been reluctant to embrace the use of social networking for their own purposes…

Hold the Date! – George Paras Keynote at Denver IASA ITARC on May 6, 2010

In a keynote presentation at the upcoming IASA ITARC Denver Event I will be discussing  the leadership challenges that many current and aspiring IT leaders face in their organizations, and how they can overcome those challenges by applying selected enterprise architecture concepts to their decision-making framework.  Not surprisingly, I advocate moving EA “upstream” within the management structure and … Read more