10 Ways to Support Your Business Strategy and Get Recognized

The most common issue that enterprise and technology architects face is lack of value perception in business AND technology arenas. The team is often considered overhead by both groups. The business doesn’t understand the value that architects add and the technologists resent the architect getting in the way and slowing down the project. These issues…

Selling SOA

In his recent post “No one wants SOA”, Kevin Orbaker identifies one of the issues with infrastructure in general and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in particular: SOA is like plumbing in a home/office. No one thinks about plumbing. No one cares about plumbing. They just want water to come out of the faucet when they turn…

Architecture as Narrative

Architectural design as a form of storytelling is an established theme. Ruth Malan’s January “A Trace in the Sand” highlighted a quote from “The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar” that reinforces the analogy: #11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll…

Why An Architect Profession? Are You Kidding?

Today is my 40th birthday which is somewhat humbling because I started Iasa almost 12 years ago. It is the longest I have ever spent with any employer and certainly I have learned more from this work than any other job I have ever had. I wanted to take the time to thank all of…

Architects and Innovation – Part 1

As architect teams begin to consider their engagement model, they must include their approach to innovation. Unfortunately, though most architects would like to immediately create innovative change in their companies, there are a lot of roadblocks to getting your team’s engagement model connected to the ideation process for next generation business models. Many businesses do…