Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The secret relationship between martial arts and enterprise architecture
Ever wonder why Taekwondo is an olympic sport and other styles aren't? Does it have to do with actual fighting ability or instead is chosen solely because of its popularity? Most folks don't understand that Taekwondo is a sport and not a martial art!
Martial arts aren't learned for fitness, they are learned to protect yourself. In a confrontation, the dumbest thing you could do is to attempt to kick someone in the head as you could get sweeped very easily. Unlike Taekwondo or other sports, Jujitsu sole purpose is to bring pain to folks.
Ever notice that pretty much no one that does extreme fighting ever has a background in either Kempo Karate or Taekwondo but they all have some form of Jujitsu. What works as a sport doesn't work in self-defense and vice versa.
So, what does this have to do with enterprise architecture? Is enterprise architecture and its goal to be more aligned with business goals driven by popularity or by the ability to win? The former is all about perception management while the later is all about reality.
Sadly, IT nowadays is all about perception management yet the business that it is supposed to align with is all about reality. There is no perception that we are now in a global economy and that your competitors are aiming to place an armbar on your enterprise.
Should enterprises be focused on flashy but otherwise useless kicks or should they instead be focused on the more practical...
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