Top-Performing EA Teams – A Panel Discussion

I had the opportunity last week to moderate two panels at the Troux Worldwide Conference. The first panel included EAdirections’ Tim Westbrock along with Mike Walker from Microsoft, Aleks Buterman from SenseAgility and Paul Preiss from IASA. The theme of the panel was a general discussion on characteristics of top-performing EA Teams. To begin the conversation, I asked each panelist to … Read more

Enterprise Architects as Change Agents

Becoming an EA cultural change agent isn’t for everyone, but many reluctant practitioners have discovered that they are capable of doing it, once they embrace some of the concepts described here, practice them, and become confident in their abilities.

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

Don’t Call It EA if It Isn’t EA! – Atlanta ITARC Event

Most organizations that claim to have an “enterprise” architecture practice are really only doing “IT” architecture (ITA). What leads us to say that? Our research shows that most organizations have limited their scope to include only IT elements like infrastructure, data and applications. That’s OK in and of itself and it is a step up for many organizations, but that’s not EA.

EA Recruiting on the Rise

Over the last several months we have seen a measurable increase in companies recruiting Enterprise Architects and Chief Enterprise Architects. It indicates that senior leadership understands and appeciates the distinction between enterprise architects and other architects, that they want what EA does, and that they can justify and attach expected value to having individuals in the EA role.