Thursday, October 20, 2011

Congrats : 2011 Enterprise Architecture Awards Winners

Enterprise Architecture as a practice continues to evolve. While consultants and experts in the industry debate over the role of EA in technology and business, Architects in successful organizations continue to guide, mentor and steer their business and technology teams to leverage industry best practices.

Coagulations to Enterprise Architects for making it to the top of the 2011 list:
  • American Express
  • Bayer Healthcare
  • First Data
  • Singapore Ministry of Education
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • USAA 

Ref: The 2011 Enterprise Architecture Awards from InfoWorld and Forrester Research
 
Successful EAs seem to be doing the right things:
  • Help define the right roadmaps and guide teams to work towards them
  • Enabling "knowledge bridge" between business operations and IT
  • Create a framework for strategic technology programs to coordinate technology adoption and development in a manner that maximizes value
  • Moving away from being hostage to a legacy of dysfunctional IT, help the organization transform into an agile organization that embraces change
  • Digitize and simplify its end-to-end processes
  • Experimenting with different approaches to presenting data and collecting and maintaining architectural elements

As a consulting Enterprise Architect, I have had the pleasure of working with EA’s from organizations that continually move towards top of these lists. However, the challenge I continually see is that not all Enterprise Architecture organizations do all the right things all the time.