She meant Software Architect

Did she just say Architect? Its interesting that in the past five or so years the title of software architect has undergone significant change. The initial argument (He’s an architect – so he builds buildings?) added the software in front of the title. Did she say software architect? In fact she did. Software Architects build…

The Right Fit: The Enterprise Architect Selection Dilemma

“Who in the world am I? Ah that’s the great puzzle” Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland A December 2013 article by Joe McKendrick on ZDNet “What Employers Want from Enterprise Architects” focuses on the Enterprise Architect role for businesses. The article cites an increasing demand for talented Enterprise Architects supported by snapshots of online…

The Failure of the Modern Project and How We Fix It

We know how to deliver technology and business projects. Success rates quoted in industry vary from 50 to 75% when measured by the ‘big three’; time, cost and requirements. And while we bemoan those statistics regularly they are really quite high. Marketing campaigns, sales campaigns and other programs are much less sure bets. And yet,…

Demonstrating the Value of Architects Through AVM

There is a lot said about the value of architecture to an organization but very little that is concrete. Most blogs, books and resources focus on esoteric concepts such as ease of communication, faster delivery, business and IT alignment, business facilitation, etc. I have always found these measures to be incomplete and difficult to understand, and…

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…

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…