Friday, 18 October 2019 13:58

EA and ContinuousNext

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The Enterprise Architecture Ecosystem continues to evolve in interesting ways.

For example, we could almost speak of EA meaning Ecosystem Architecture in terms of all the potential players, themes, etc., tied to different contexts for doing Enterprise Architecture. We need to look at partners in manufacturing, supply, and logistics scenarios, just as we need to look at potential M&A partners.

But we also need to consider how EA facilitates collaboration between the many varied roles essential to build strategy, scope work, define ultimately comprehensive requirements iteratively and with agility linked to incremental delivery of value. Enterprise Architects must work with Solution Architects, Portfolio/Program/Project Managers, Agile Development Teams, Systems Engineers, and Operation and Maintenance specialists.


Also considering the velocity of changes in business models and technologies, EA must have a major role in innovation and as an overall Center of Transformation Excellence, whether driven by technical debt or trying to double the revenue of the enterprise in 5 years!

At the latest Gartner ITxpo in Orlando, Florida in October 2018, Gartner thought leaders introduced the concept of "ContinuousNext" after a few years of beating the Digital Transformation drum. EA has a major role to play in ContinuousNext, but only if it becomes a much more mature discipline, more of an Overall Architecture one that can best shine the light on the opportunities of Mastering the Architecture Landscape in all its dimensions.

To become more mature, architecture roles and roadmaps need to be further clarified and better understanding of enablers needed play the roles and execute the roadmaps are essential -- EA approaches, tools, and techniques must become better integrated and then accelerators to value. EA must be perceived as Essential Value Added across all priority Value Streams in the relevant ecosystem, so Key Performance Indicators linked to such an outcome must be defined aggressively.

Steve Else

As one of the world’s foremost innovators, practitioners/consultants, lecturers, educators and trainers serving the Enterprise Architecture (EA) community, Dr. Steve Else has been a sought-after authority within the global business transformation community for nearly two decades. As Founder and CEO of EA Principals, Inc. (EAP), Dr. Else is among the globe’s top TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) and ArchiMate trainers, having worked with thousands of professionals to help them learn and practice EA. He is also author of the book, Organization Theory and Transformation of Large, Complex Organizations. Offering a wealth of practical and academic experience to his EA, Open FAIR, TOGAF 9, IT4IT, FEAF, DODAF, and ArchiMate 3 Certification Training, (having personally trained 6000+ professionals), Dr.Else is also a Certified Enterprise and Solutions Architect (BCS Professional Certifications), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an FEAC Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA). Also expert in Design Thinking, EA Modeling, and Mind Mapping, Dr. Else is committed to helping cross-pollinate best business and technology practices as well as innovation throughout the government and between government and private sector entities. Teaching Enterprise Architecture, Business Intelligence, Information Systems Engineering Management, and Systems Engineering at the graduate level, especially at the University of Denver, University College (where he has taught nearly 60 courses in EA) is a way that Dr. Else continues to contribute his expertise and insights. He has taught Systems Engineering, Systems Analysis and Design, Technology Forecasting and Assessments, Knowledge Management, and IT Project and Change Management over several years. Dr. Else is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot. Highlights of his career include serving as an Assistant Air Attaché in Paris, where he won a special medal for his work in the first Iraq War; receiving a high medal from the French and Brazilian governments; serving as an Air Force Liaison Officer in Germany; and his final Air Force assignment at the Pentagon, where he was Program Architect for Air Force business transformation, working in the Office of the Air Force Chief of Staff.

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