Call for entries: The 2018 Enterprise Architecture Awards

Posted on 29-03-2018 , by: admin , in , 0 Comments

Most organizations today recognize the need to become customer-obsessed digital businesses. They need to map out customer touchpoints to fully understand their customers’ experiences and interactions with their firms’ processes and those of their partners. They also must transform their internal operating models and technology foundations, creating new systems of engagement and systems of insight, and wrapping their systems of record. Establishing this comprehensive understanding and planning for the transition to the desired future state are the chief concerns of an effective enterprise architecture (EA) program.

But EA programs have existed for more than a decade, and most of them have fallen short of these lofty goals. Why? Old-school EA has been too tactical, too technology-centric, or too disengaged from business priorities to have significant impact.

How effective enterprise architecture is changing

What’s changed is that:

  • Firms have shifted their focus to customer obsession. For a firm’s technology management, this means an increasing emphasis on the investments that touch customers and drive revenue, rather than on improving operational efficiency. For EA programs focused on technology standardization to reduce cost, this is a significant shift—essentially a new value proposition.
  • Being fast and connected is an imperative for the tech organization. Responding to shifting business focus and the need for faster delivery of solutions, tech management is moving toward greater federation or using agile methods with blended business and technology teams. Purely centralized EA programs with waterfall methodologies are not designed for speed, and organizations view programs that cling to old methods as roadblocks.
  • EA sponsors want strategic EA on top of tactical EA. To prove their value, many EA programs act as hands-on project technology resources. While stakeholders appreciate these tactical contributions, they are now looking for strategic architectures that move their businesses forward. EA programs that base their value on being the smartest techies on a project need to shed that skin—but old ways of working and the preconceptions of key stakeholders can hold them back.

How to submit for the 2018 Enterprise Architecture Awards

Each year, Forrester and InfoWorld highlight the EA programs that have made a significant impact on their organizations—embracing the opportunities for helping their business be customer-led, insights-driven, fast, and connected. We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Enterprise Architecture Awards.