Thursday, July 27, 2006


Why most Enterprise Architecture practices in large enterprises result in mediocrity...

Jon Kern is one of the few original signatories of the agile manifesto that is actually credible. In this article, Jon mentioned something that folks should seriously consider and that it the notion that many of us mistake activity for progress...

The one thing that I think should also be considered is that large enterprises and their enterprise architects can easily fall prey to isolation. Over time large enterprise tend to become their own mini-nations with its citizens bound to their countries by special vocabularies and unique cultures. CIOs never challenge them to learn the language of others.

Over time, enterprises forget that they are a citizen in an even larger ecosystem and devolve into worst practices such as offshoring while forgetting that taking care of their own employees is top priority. Many CIOs get it twisted and in the era of outsourcing where loyalty is rewarded by finding the least patriotic way to not only eliminate jobs within your own country (aka the enterprise) but also either becoming agnostic or spiteful in attacking the soul.

Isolation in any form is evil. I wonder if I could ask other enterprise architects in the blogosphere such as Scott Mark, James Tarbell, Nick Malik, Robert McIlree, James Melzer and Charles Betz to stop practicing isolation for a single day.

Other than blogging, when was the last time you got out and talked face-to-face with other enterprise architects that work for other enterprises? Attempting to understand other cultures can be immensely helpful. Maybe we should as a community declare Friday August 11th as EA liberation day? Let's seize the moment and break our insular habits...

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