At TechVision Research we are changing the way IT advisory research is developed and delivered. We are leveraging the mostly untapped resource for IT executives that have spent their careers dealing with the day-to-day challenges of planning, operating and continually reassessing the way Fortune 500 companies and Governments conduct IT. These are people like John Mellars, TechVision principal consulting analyst and author of our most recent report “The End of Enterprise Architecture and IT As We Know IT.” In this report, John and Gary Rowe (CEO/Principal Consulting Analyst) paint a radically different picture of IT in the age of cloud and the Millennial Generation than what we see from traditional research advisory firms.
In this report, John proposes that legacy technology governance models such as Enterprise Architecutre don’t fully translate to the new world of cloud-based services, rapid deployment, microservices and new models for application development operations. To underscore this point, vendors now compete based on the functions and capability they offer linked to organizational business requirements, not based on enterprise IT and technology governance standards. This new approach completely sidesteps processes established by the CIO through its IT and EA teams. The end result is significant organizational friction and often EA specifically, and IT, in general, are increasingly seen by the business units as “business prevention.”
The good news is, as discussed in John and Gary’s report, there is a strong future for Enterprise Architects and the CIO team to support the enterprise move towards a new cloud-based IT services model. As discussed in this report, organizations should be taking several steps including:
- Empowering business units to use technology as a means of achieving success with full accountability for the results
- Moving towards a point where the organization thinks “Cloud First”
- Phasing out Enterprise Architecture within IT as currently defined given business friction and challenges in keeping pace with the rate of technology change
- Revamping central IT to provide for Enterprise entity needs such as procurement of services, security, disaster recovery, data interchange, and service management.
- Establishing a new Chief Innovation Technical Officer (CITO) role to lead innovation centers of excellence to support the businesses as they rapidly adopt new cloud-based technologies for competitive advantage.
What is Enterprise Architecture in this “new and changed” environment? It is what we call the “cloudification” of EA. As discussed in this groundbreaking report, enterprise architects are morphing into enterprise IT Product Managers (EIPM). The concept is optimizing the choice of products and services for the enterprise to optimize flexibility, business utility and speed of deployment. This report describes that path towards the next generation of IT.
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