The Open Group kicked off its 2012 conference in San Francisco at the end of January, centering on the theme of enterprise transformation. The international vendor-neutral standards group offered presentations on the current states of enterprise architecture, cloud computing, SOA and mobile devices, among other hot topics. In today’s fast-changing, fast-paced business markets, how do businesses need to transform or shift direction to leverage these new IT developments for success? Below are some highlights in answer to that question, brought to you by SearchSOA.com staff covering this year’s Open Group event.
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The Open Group released ArchiMate 2.0, aimed at addressing common enterprise architecture pain points like interoperability, motivation and project planning. The updated technical standard supports modeling throughout the TOGAF architecture development cycle (ADM), which is said to enable clearer enterprise-wide understanding of initiatives and the creation of result-oriented EA projects.
The Open Group and the Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture (SABSA) Institute joined together to integrate security and risk management into enterprise architecture. The guidance tackles the widespread issue of the siloed approaches of security and enterprise architects.
Disconnect and lack of clear communication between the business, IT and development sides of organizations have long been widespread. At The Open Group Conference in San Francisco, SOA and EA experts discussed how enterprise architects can be the key to bridging the gaps between disparate groups.
While enterprise architects have traditionally taken on the role of enabling business, increasingly fast-paced business markets are forcing them to change their function, according to MIT’s Jeanne Ross. Ross claims it’s up to EAs to exploit IT business capabilities if they want to remain relevant.
Poor communication and lack of clear vision from business executives is threatening effective enterprise architecture, says MIT’s Ross in part two of an interview. Here, she explains why and how enterprise architects should drive business leaders to better articulate core company goals.
Too often, enterprise architecture initiatives are large-scale, long-term projects that fail to address a company’s current needs. MIT’s Ross has a message for enterprise architects and business leaders looking to avoid EA failure: keep the overall concepts big, but work incrementally to generate immediate results.