The speed of business is accelerating. It’s time to think differently. Business transformation requires a “data-first” view of architecture
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Its time to think differently. Business transformation requires a data-first view of architecture Enterprise Architecture at a Crossroads
2 Architect Problem: IT cannot deliver at the speed that business requires. The speed of business is accelerating
3 High-growth firms Business rates IT performance as declining Business rating of the performance of IT The three year trend is towards lower performance ratings across a variety of measures. McKinsey. IT Under Pressure: Global Survey Results
4 High-growth firms IT rates its own performance as declining IT ranking of its own performance The trend over three years is for business to rank the performance of IT as declining. McKinsey. IT Under Pressure: Global Survey Results
5 High-growth firms Both business & IT call for IT management changes The biggest surprise is that even more IT executives are calling for IT management changes. 20% of both business and IT executives are calling for IT management changes as a means of improving the performance of IT. McKinsey. IT Under Pressure: Global Survey Results
6 Why the problem will get worse: 1. Data is locked in application silos 2. An explosion of data types and data users 3. Increased competition and disruption
7 Data Silos Decades of an applications-centric focus to architecture has left us with unconnected silos of data. Each application has its own data and none of it was designed to be easily discovered, shared, or used by other applications and analyses. This slows new business initiative delivery.
8 An explosion of data types and data users Its already hard finding and using your enterprise data, but it is about to get much harder. More data types of data will lead to increased data complexity: Partner data Cloud data Social & Mobile data Big data Internet of Things data The huge growth of data consumers looking to self-service will further strain the ability of IT to meet demand. More Data Consumers ? More Data
9 Increased disruption and competition It is going to be increasingly common to see competitors jumping into entirely new industries. 3D Printing Autonomous cars Genomic healthcare Intelligent Personal Assistants Just a few examples Any of these, plus others have the potential to disrupt your industry, or to provide you with the means to create new business opportunities. And it means you have to move faster so that you are driving disruption, not the victim of it.
10 What This Means for Architects
11 1. Architects must become strategists Architects are in a unique position to see both the business strategy and the emerging technologies that will enable their organizations to become more competitive and disruptive. See Gartner blog: http://blogs.gartner.com/brian_burke/2014/01/17/i n-2014-enterprise-architects-must-play-both- foundational-and-vanguard-roles/
12 2. Architects will need to think data-first Lets face it. There is little or no competitive differentiation to be had in packaged applications. Everybody is using the same applications and they are rapidly commoditizing. The one thing that will provide sustainable differentiation to your organization is your data and how you use it.
13 3. Architects will need to design to increase the speed of IT delivery The current speed is not meeting business needs. This must be done without compromising quality or cost of delivery. That requires a totally new approach. Your most interesting and differentiating insights will come from data sourced from multiple disparate sources.
14 The rising cost of data complexity Gartner Prediction Gartner predicts organizations will spend one-third more on application integration in 2016 than they did in 2013. Whats more, by 2018, more than half the cost of implementing new large systems will be spent on integration.
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16 Sources 1 McKinsey Study: IT Under Pressure http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/business_technology/it_under_pressure_mckins ey_global_survey_results 2 Gartner Blog http://blogs.gartner.com/brian_burke/2014/01/17/in-2014-enterprise-architects- must-play-both-foundational-and-vanguard-roles/ 3 Gartner Prediction on the cost of application integration Gartner Predictions 2013 for Application Integrration: My take, Nov. 2012 Dinesh Chandrasekhar Conclusion
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