Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Back to the Future - The Role of an Enterprise Architect

My first question on ebizQ's Enterprise Architecture forum is an interesting one that was inspired by a blog entry titled Enterprise Architects' Role In Aligning IT With Business by Forrester Research VP Gene Leganza as he ponders what the Enterprise Architect role would look like in the future based on what he is seeing happening today. 

While it's a question worthy of serious thought, I believe that the role of an Enterprise Architect (EA) has always been and will always be to implement an organization's business strategy with a supporting and complementing IT strategy. Different companies have different names and reporting structures for this role depending on their size, vertical, and geographical location. Some call the role an EA, some a business architect, some a chief architect, and some call that role a CTO or CIO, but the role always exists. The biggest game changer that I see is that our global, innovation-based economy is just accelerating the pace at which "EA"s that don't fit this role are exposed and replaced.
* Originally posted on ebizQ's Enterprise Architecture forum on February 23, 2011.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree that importance of EA will remain the same in the future as it is today and it's always been in the past. He is a ‘Maestro’ who works with IT and business together to turn a company’s vision into reality. Great Post!