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Enterprise Architecture

Today's organizations require a well-defined enterprise architecture (EA) practice for conducting enterprise analysis, design, planning, and implementation for the successful development and execution of strategy. The Enterprise Architecture blog category dives into principles and practices that help guide organizations through the business, information, process, and technology changes necessary to execute their strategies. Read our best practices on how to better communicate and drive business transformation. Get information on aligning your capabilities to company strategy. Get insights from experts and step-by-step advice on fostering successful change management to encourage business-centric conversations about technology. You’ll also get tips to translate business strategy into IT strategy, ensuring you can be more collaborative in helping the business make smarter decisions.

Gartner Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation Summit 2019 Highlights and Trends

The 2019 Gartner Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation Summit was held in Orlando, FL on May 14th and 15th. Summit guest keynote speakers, experienced practitioners, and Gartner analysts provided some valuable perspectives and takeaways for attendees to consider. There were so many great presenters including Saul Brand and James McGovern, both Senior Director Analysts at...

A Real-World Success Story: Nationwide Building Society Advances Application and Technology Portfolio Management

Businesses today depend on technology to innovate, develop, and advance new products and services making application and technology portfolio management a critical discipline. Nationwide Building Society has taken their application portfolio management practices to the next level by improving stakeholder visibility to invest in technology that effectively supported their business. Here’s their story… About Nationwide...

5 Key Strategies to Application Portfolio Management

Now more than ever, organizations are relying on software applications and outside technology vendors to meet their information technology needs. Yet, as these requirements evolve, it becomes difficult to keep track of what applications you have, the purpose they serve, usage, and  value. This is a problem that application portfolio management (APM) can solve. What...

A Fresh Approach to Maximizing Value of Government IT

One of the specific goals of The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is to “promote transparency in existing IT assets and allow better planning, acquisition, and management of software licenses and IT resources.” Essentially, FITARA provides new ways to maximize the value of government IT and, at a basic level, answers the following: What...

Reducing Cost and Complexity with Application Portfolio Management

In business, as in science, we are bound by basic principles that are immutable. Among them, there’s the notion that nothing is free. In physics it’s known as the law of conservation of energy; in business it’s known by the adage, time is money. Actively managing your application portfolio is a discipline vital to your...

Autumn Reading List for Enterprise Architects

Autumn is only a few days away. The kids are back in school, pumpkin spiced lattes are back at Starbucks (my favorite), football has started, and the holidays will be here before we know it. With all this change in the air, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on relevant enterprise architecture content. To...

MassMutual Captures the Advances Enterprise Architecture Capabilities [Webinar]

Do you utilize enterprise architecture software to better understand and aggregate data to drive digital strategies? If the answer is “no” I invite you to learn exactly how MassMutual is advancing business capabilities and technology to achieve their business objectives. John Anderson, Enterprise Architect at MassMutual, is a featured speaker in the customer webinar: “A...

Continuous Architecture: Enable Continuous Delivery and Promote Interoperability

In this blog series, I discuss the six principles that guide an agile mindset, as discussed in a recent webcast influenced from a book “Continuous Architecture: Sustainable Architecture in an Agile and Cloud-Centric World.” For details on principles 1-2 read the blog: Continuous Architecture: Architect Products Not Solutions and Focus on Quality Attributes. For details...

Enterprise Architecture is in Full Bloom this Season

When selecting the right flowers to plant in your garden this spring, you may consider elements such as type of soil required, the amount of sunlight needed, and the level of care—all crucial to ensure your flowers blossom. Similarly, enterprise architecture today is increasingly being evaluated on its ability to drive business initiatives which include...

Continuous Architecture: Delay Design Decisions and Architect for Change

In the first blog in this series, “Continuous Architecture: Architect Products Not Solutions and Focus on Quality Attributes,” I shared two of the six principles that guide an agile mindset, influenced from the book, “Continuous Architecture: Sustainable Architecture in an Agile and Cloud-Centric World.” This blog highlights principle #3, Delay design decisions until they are needed, and principle...