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The Open Group Conference Boston 2010

The Open Group convened Enterprise Architects the world over in what is probably the conference capital of the world – Boston, from 19 – 23 July 2010. Here are a few statements from the speakers on Day 3 – on the significance of IT people in general, the EA practice, the growing list of skills required of Enterprise Architects, and a little on cloud computing.

“IT people are the best people to address the relevance of IT within companies” – Jack Calhoun, CEO, Accelare, US

“Decisions cannot be made in a vacuum without having the proper data and the context for that information. Enterprise architecture can help businesses pose the correct questions and provide the necessary data to make better decision making scenarios.” – Paul Johnson, CEO, Pragmatica Innovations

The following statement shows that business does involve some level of emotion – the ability to inspire through a well-described vision in addition to providing hard data can weigh the vote in your favor.

“Because getting buy-in becomes more difficult the further up the decision-chain one goes, Mr. Skilton suggested that a combination of providing vision, quantitative analysis and qualitative information is necessary to begin the conversation.” – Capgemini’s Mark Skilton, Global Director, Applications Outsourcing

We better come up with a better title for the Enterprise Architect – Superhero?

Psychology, sociology and communications though are some disciplines I did want to get a degree for back in college. Maybe one day… Interesting how all my interests have come together under EA. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I find EA so intriguing. It’s multi-faceted and not limited to “IT”. It reaches beyond the cold boundaries of technology or corporate games. I guess it’s because behind all that technology are flesh-and-blood, living and breathing and feeling humans. In a way, I chose to go into IT to numb myself from the world and lose myself in bits and bytes and code but there’s no escaping the human drama.

“As a discipline, EA has evolved as a practitioner-based discipline that grew out of the need to have IT professionals that could have an overarching view of the enterprise. EA is also a way for the enterprise to take a holistic view of every level of the organization. Because EAs need to have a holistic view, they also need to be capable of systems thinking. With the focus of IT shifting to the business, EAs now need a set of skills that can encompass many disciplines including an amalgam of systems engineering, IT trends and processes, and organizational theory related fields such as psychology, public administration, communications and sociology.” – Beryl Bellman, Academic Director, FEAC Institute

The following statement made me LOL – probably the most adjectives in one statement ever. Funny but true. Just imagine the amount of pointless meetings you’ve had to sit in and you have the first adjective defined – garrulous.

“Most effective organizations are “garrulous, clumsy, superstitious, hypocritical, monstrous, octopoid, wandering and grouchy.” – Beryl Bellman, Academic Director, FEAC Institute

“Forrester does not believe that Cloud is the “next big thing” in IT—rather, the next big thing is smart computing—which includes smart networks, data centers, mobile devices, and smart applications—of which the cloud is actually just an enabler of these things.” – Forrester Research analyst Henry Peyret

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