Saturday, November 15, 2008


Enterprise Architecture: Are the creation of roadmaps an antipattern?

Many enterprise architects create roadmaps in hopes of communicating the strategic intent yet we have never studied if they provide any long term value...

Haven't we learned that multiple year projects tend to flame out? Why do we believe that success is solely based on financial decomposition where one big project now becomes a handful of smaller ones? Shouldn't we acknowledge that failure has more to do with our ability to see the future and that none of us has a crystal ball?

Have we also noticed that many large enterprise software vendors no longer do roadmaps for their products? Ever seen one for say If large vendors that run our IT ecosystem are moving away from roadmaps, why aren't we? Are we hooked like crack on them?

Don't hold your breadth waiting for insight from Gartner on this emerging trend as the likes of Brenda Michelson of Elemental Links or James Governor will likely uncover the revolution first...

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