The thought of a simplified IT is a compelling idea. As we discussed yesterday, it helps to remember that business is often a very tangled and complicated thing, with a lot of legacy procedures that no one fully understands: things are done a certain way from a burden of history more than a clear view of efficiency.
reinforces the view that IT itself may be the better at giving business
a straight road to drive down than business pulling IT into shape.
Enterprise architects think about these things all the time, and the
scope of their task is close to vast. While EA is held to be the hottest job currently, EA projects are also slated for cancellation
because of failed expectations. As always in technology and business,
there are no magic bullets, everything is a unique struggle.
the constant pursuit of the latest technology to simplify the
enterprise landscape, IT is often tempted to neglect the investments it
already possesses. The dean of INSEAD, as quoted by Chris Potts, says:
Potts in his article is challenging the view that knowing the value of
the IT investment is important. This is irrelevant to the main
Enterprise architects again, as Nick Malik, EA with Microsoft, offers a view we've cited before:
And software developer Gary Sherman (with Dovetail Software) in a quick comment emphasizes:
real value of IT assets lies in how well they work with business. But
business itself is often broken, even before the power tools of IT come
to enable it. Could this be the underlying quandary that forces many
projects to fail?
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