Technology strategy, issues and trends

Digital Strategy – But Where Is The Disruption?

I was speaking recently at a Digital Strategy conference and chose to reflect on our experiences in assisting large corporates with their digital strategies. Many of our discussions start with executives just seeking to understand what a digital strategy should actually encompass and how to go about it.  It was somewhat revealing to synthesise this experience and I thought worth sharing.

Video: Digital Strategy Summit Presentation

While a digital strategy is now a mandatory requirement for corporations the world over, there are varying perspectives of what a digital strategy should comprise, often reflecting the authorship of the strategy within the offices of Marketing, Products or Technology. However, in many instances these strategies appear indistinguishable from the business technology innovation strategies of yesterday.

At the heart of Digital Strategy should be the premise that the confluence of contemporary forces and capabilities present the opportunity for market disruption and service reinvention – yet invention and disruption generally escapes the major corporates seems to remain the domain of the start-ups.

Enterprise Design – Fad or Wicked Opportunity?

Enterprise Design is a term we have come to use within Enterprise Architects to describe the merging of the disciplines of Service Design, Information Management and Enterprise Architecture. We have discussed the importance of Information Architecture and Information Management here previously; the focus of this article is the relationship between Design Thinking, Service Design and Enterprise Architecture.

Powering a Renewable Future with Architecture Thinking

In 2014, Enterprise Architects decided to empower organisations who were working to bring about a 100% renewable energy future. We provided our strategy and enterprise architecture services to climate leaders to rebuild and renew their organisations “better, faster, cheaper”.  When the call out was made to the team to see who would be interested to donate their time and skills for a safe climate, we immediately had 12 consultants and managers putting their hands up to contribute, and others joined later.

The effort and enthusiasm that each person brought to the table reminded me what an amazing team we have working at Enterprise Architects and demonstrated the energy that is unleashed when a real opportunity to contribute is presented to people. I am proud to share the results of this project with the architecture community and I’d like to start back at the beginning, with motivation – where all good planning efforts start.

Webinar: Re-positioning the Value of the Architecture Practice

On Tuesday 7th October 2014, I delivered a webinar entitled ‘Re-positioning the Value of the Architecture Practice’. If you missed the opportunity to participate, I have provided a summary of the presentation and the recorded webinar video below.

A Practical Application of Business Architecture

On 23rd September 2014 I had the pleasure of speaking at the IRM UK / IIBA Business Analysis Conference on the topic of Business Architecture. In particular I chose to touch on how we use practical business architecture methods to understand the impact of strategy on the business model and how we can link the strategy to implementation.

Webinar: Driving Your BA Career

On Monday 29th September 2014, I delivered a webinar entitled ‘Driving Your BA Career – From BA to BA’. If you missed the opportunity to participate, I have provided a summary of the presentation and the recorded webinar video below.

Business Architecture – A Coming Of Age As IIBA Endorses Training

Recently while hosting one of our Business Architecture Information Sessions I found myself reflecting on how far Business Architecture has come as a profession. I pondered an episode from our past which many would now find hard to believe. It was around early 2007 and as a provider of architecture talent, EA had developed a very sophisticated view of the architecture job family framework and there was a discussion around our board table where we entertained the question: Is Business Architect a valid member of the Architecture Job Family framework?

The 5 V’s of Big Data

Too often in the hype and excitement around Big Data, the conversation gets complicated very quickly. Data scientists and technical experts bandy around terms like Hadoop, Pig, Mahout, and Sqoop, making us wonder if we’re talking about information architecture or a Dr. Seuss book. Business executives who want to leverage the value of Big Data analytics in their organisation can get lost amidst this highly-technical and rapidly-emerging ecosystem.

Webinar: Business by Design

On Tuesday the 29th of April 2014 I delivered a webinar in conjunction with our US partner IAG Consulting. If you missed the opportunity to participate, I have provided a summary of the presentation and the recorded webinar video below.