What is Enterprise Architecture?

I attended an EA conference in Barcelona, Spain last week (23-25 Nov, 2011) and what really struck me was that everyone had questions about the definition of Enterprise Architecture (amongst other terms).

I’ve also noted that there are (too) many forums springing up on LinkedIn where people from several organisations (globally) are asking basic (and important!) questions about the Practice of Enterprise Architecture and the role of the Enterprise Architect.

I thought I’d share a collection of clips from several eminent and respected colleagues.

What does Enterprise Architecture mean to you? Share your thoughts by replying to this blog post.

 

Cloud-based Project Management Software

Read this excellent white paper which outlines an excellent Cloud-based Project Management tool that will greatly accelerate the setup, administration and management of Project Management Office (PMO) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) teams/practices.

Rise of the Project Workforce – Executive Summary

(extracted & summarised from white paper)

As organizations and managers find themselves with two feet planted firmly in a fully interconnected, truly global economy, one truth is evident for all enterprises—and particularly for project-driven
businesses that rely heavily on project teams and information workers:

Our established ways of getting work done, of accounting for this work, of monitoring compliance, and of analyzing work in progress for intelligence that will help us do future work faster, better, cheaper and smarter are through. They are no longer enough.

The ways we work, the ways we compete, and the ways we win require a new approach, a new outlook beyond simply making our existing systems bigger, better, faster. During strategic inflection
points, businesses that “get it” and change, achieve unprecedented gains; those that do not, stumble and fade.

In today’s  “flat world”, organizations compete on a “level, global, Web-enabled playing field that allows for multiple forms of collaboration without regard to geography or distance—or soon, even
language.”

The problem? Today’s business systems are not designed to plan, schedule, manage, audit and optimize work that gets done in a flat world.

This white paper:

  • reviews the market dynamics that are creating our flat world
  • explores the new nature of work in this environment
  • highlights why today’s business and IT systems fall short, and
  • introduces Project Workforce Management, a new breed of systems designed to manage people and projects in a flat world.

To read the white paper, click the following link Tenrox-WhitepaperRiseoftheProjectWorkforce.

Mintzberg’s Ten Management Roles

During my time at Aer Lingus, Organisational Transformation has been a key topic of importance. I’ve learnt that to make real change happen, “people change” is where it is at. Until organisations go back to basics and focus on, and invest in, their core asset (i.e. people), “real change” will never be achieved or sustained.

My interest led me to read about Henry Mintzberg’s management roles and framework. This is something that resonates with me in line with my recent experiences.

To learn more, read on …

Mintzberg’s Ten Management Roles.

 

Henry Mintzberg organizational configurations model framework

Too manyconsultancies and “experts” overuse and abuse the term Business/IT or Business/Technology alignment. What they often forget is that the core asset of an organisation is its people as well as process and technology.

I’ve realised that transformation an organisations people is of paramount importance to a Business Transformation or Enterprise Change programme. That said, it is important that organisations rethink the role of people across the company and take a fresh look at the structure of the organisation to maximise the potential of its people. People are not one dimensional. Until CEOs and organisations take heed of this, all we have is a white collar industrial factory made of individuals who are consigned to pigeon holes/boxes stopping real change, innovation and competition.

If, like me, you’re passionate about making “real change” happen in organisations … You will want to understand and consider an organisational model offered by Henry Mintzberg.

Read on about Henry Mintzberg organizational configurations model framework.