Monday, December 19, 2011


Social Networking serves to destroy enterprise architecture

Have you observed the vast majority of enterprise architecture conversations on LinkedIn, Twitter and even amongst analyst firms themselves seems to focus more on what the template used is and what tools to use? There is a lack of finding better ways of enabling the strategic intent of the business through the use of technology. I humbly believe that social networking serves to destroy many of the backward conversations amongst enterprise architecture practitioners.

Consider the scenario of being an enterprise architect for a social networking site such as Facebook. Is the goal to focus on application rationalization? Is the goal to perform an inventory of all applications in production so that they can be loaded into an application portfolio management tool? I can't think of a better reference model for enterprise architecture and how IT supports the business than Facebook.

Enterprise architecture within many social networking sites is savagely focused on not letting IT become an impediment to business agility. The focus is less about IT strategy in the strict sense and more about getting the fundamentals of IT right. They are constantly finding better ways to design and build software as well as improving how IT infrastructure teams operate.

I find it fascinating how many enterprise architects can't fathom the simplicity of bespoke enterprise architecture! I have observed that Social networking sites have exhibited the following practices in their behavior:

So, if you want to be agile, align with the business or other buzzwords of the day, you need to pay more attention to how it is done in social networking ecosystems...

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