The rise of Product Management and scalable Agile delivery practices (e.g. SAFe, DAD, …) have led to diluting (or even deferring) “strategic planning” and “design thinking” enabled by architecture. Instead, architecture has been reduced to a project level support role to get “tech teams” to help launch new products.
The opportunity for Enterprise and Business Architecture is to stitch building blocks and siloed solutions together to form a tapestry that reflects the goal, vision and mission of the over-arching business.
Companies often forget that while technology may be crucial to their success, they are in fact not built or intended to work like modern day software technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon, etc. but rather businesses that serve to support our society and economy via Manufacturing, Aerospace, Retail, Healthcare and Pharma (to name a few).
We need to refresh the conversation about the role, purpose and value of Enterprise AND Business Architecture if we are to have a chance to genuinely be competitive and innovative over the long term rather than reactively adopt emerging technology without a sound game plan.
Click the link to read the advertised article by Anthony Hill that explores this topic further.