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Changing strategic thinking clearly demands big change in how we think about Enterprise Architecture. It puts data front and center. At the same time, Enterprise Architects have an increasingly important role in enabling changes to Enterprise Architecture and to the access and use of data in a safe and secure way. Businesses and organisations are slowly waking up to the fact that its services and facilities are in the crosshairs, the targets of cyber attacks by bad actors trying to steal data or to exploit vulnerabilities in  applications to steal intellectual property or damage or take over control of systems.  Is your organisation aware of these threats and are the enterprise and security architects ready for battle? Read the latest EA News here!

EA Eye Update

Whar will Enterprise Architecture look like in 2010

What will Enterprise Architecture look like in 2020?

When we look back from 2020 how will the world view Enterprise architects? They're currently some of the most senior and well paid IT professionals, but will they have a seat at the strategy management table for the business as a whole?
In several years' time the hype over the IoT (Internet of things) and big data and even the "basic" business intelligence that is derived from that data will have morphed into twin concerns.
First, how to keep on top of continual business transformation. Second, how to refine the best algorithms to manage business ecosystems well (or at least better than your competitors are doing!).
More than meets the Eye

EPM and BI can tell you how your business is performing and might perform in the future. But they can't capture a business substructure or reason with deterministic confidence about how to re-engineer your business for digital transformation -- and that's where EA shines.
Without structure, the vastness of the data we'll be dealing with (at least 25 Billion connected devices by 2020) will make it impossible to identify a mission-critical system from a nice-to-have one, to prioritize them, and ultimately to have a strong conviction about which path will be best to take for each.
EA is a discipline focused on capturing structural relationships within a business. That is the horizontal relationships, such as owns and uses, not just the vertical ones, such as aggregates and decomposes. EA allows us to understand and analyze the interconnected nature of a business -- the organizational structure, the process structure, right down to the infra-structure. It's not just about drawing pretty box and line diagrams.
The eyes of the team building the enterprise road-maps that guide this process will need to be trained on a continually-evolving set of future state options. Enterprise Architects will demonstrate -- at speed -- how they can crunch the data, build models, road-map future states and present the transformation process clearly.
Enterprise Architects will be in demand to engineer and re-engineer the increasingly complex systems that in 2020 deliver power to run your hybrid vehicle (will they be driverless yet?), manage the complexity behind the IoT-connected office and home, and ensure the smooth running of communications, banking, and an increasingly digitally-based health infrastructure.

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