Phrases Architects HAVE To Stop Using

The enterprise and technology architect field is still growing and needs to grow further. We are involved in more projects and more levels of business than ever before. We have a seat at the table. Now we need to deliver on expectations. Unfortunately, we as a group are still debating with ourselves so much we…

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…

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…

Asking, “What if?”

Over the past 25 years I have volunteered my time in different capacities towards the charities and internal committees that I am passionate about. Externally, from helping raise funds for Habitat for Humanity to walking dogs that have been dropped off at local shelters. Internally, from finding and chairing a committee of volunteers to perform…

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…

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…