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James McGovern
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
28 years IT Industry

James McGovern is a Research Director responsible for conducting research in the Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation areas. James is specifically focused on how organizations can use business-outcome-driven EA to respond to disruptive trends and leverage technology to deliver successful business outcomes. Read Full Bio

Should Security Architecture remain separate from other Architecture disciplines?

by James McGovern  |  April 19, 2017

In my travels, I have come to observe that many organizations separate out security architecture from other architectures. Does this make sense? Large organizations often have governance practices such as an Architecture Review Board (ARB) yet defer the system quality attribute of security to another entity. Does this beg the question of whether security professionals […]

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Cut and Paste Enterprise Architecture

by James McGovern  |  April 17, 2017

Throughout my professional career, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn a lot about the inner-workings of both P&C and Life insurers. The insurance industry has a consortium (ACORD) that produces a widely adopted business capability map that many insurers leverage as part of their enterprise architecture practice. There is goodness in insurers collaborating via consortium […]

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Making friends in the legal department…

by James McGovern  |  April 12, 2017

Effective January 1st, 2017, the Florida Bar mandated technology continuing education for lawyers. The mandate came in a rule change ordered Sept. 29 by the Supreme Court of Florida. Florida lawyers must complete three hours of CLE every three years “in approved technology programs.” I humbly predict that (1) Other BAR associations will follow the […]

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Enterprise Architecture: Improving IT communication

by James McGovern  |  April 11, 2017

As a newly minted analyst, I have come to appreciate how tolerant I have become to horrific writing. If you have ever had the privilege of working for multiple Fortune 100 enterprises, you would understand that documentation is often done by employees who were never trained to write and that Enterprise Architects consume much of […]

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Revisiting Defense in Depth…

by James McGovern  |  April 10, 2017

Today, I want to question the sage wisdom of Security Architecture Professionals. The notion of defense-in-depth may need to be revisited. More security doesn’t necessarily mean better security. In fact, the current strategy of most organizations—layering on many different technologies—is not only proving ineffective, it is overly complex and expensive. This notion needs better enterprise […]

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Enterprise Architecture: Why aren’t more organizations moving from good to great?

by James McGovern  |  April 7, 2017

Gartner publishes thought provoking research on the discipline of enterprise architecture. We aid our clients in developing their vision to stage planning a Business-Outcome-Driven Enterprise Architecture. We even provide a toolkit to help determine your business scope and focus. This begs the question, why aren’t we seeing more organizations with high levels of enterprise architecture […]

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Enterprise Architecture and Lean Thinking: Part One

by James McGovern  |  April 5, 2017

Prior to joining Gartner, I was an Enterprise Architect practitioner for a Fortune 100 enterprise that embraced Lean Thinking. The principles of driving both business-outcome driven EA and holistic technology implementations across value streams was something I got really good at. I found joy in enterprise programs that came with big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) for […]

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Dialog versus Discussion

by James McGovern  |  April 5, 2017

There are subtle differences between a dialog and a discussion that many enterprise architecture and technology professionals may not fully appreciate. For purposes of this discussion, I have included a table that should help provide clarity on their distinction. Dialog Discussion  Starts with listening  Starts with speaking  Is about speaking with  Is about speaking to  Focuses […]

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Looking for Case Studies on Polyglotism

by James McGovern  |  April 4, 2017

As a Gartner analyst, I have the opportunity to interact with many enterprise architecture teams looking to improve their approach to architecture governance. The one software development trend I am seeing grow without an accompanying architecture viewpoint is the rise of polygotism. In any software development lifecycle, time to develop software is a dominant factor […]

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Can Document Review Inquiry help improve Enterprise Architecture Outcomes?

by James McGovern  |  April 3, 2017

Do you know what a Document Review Inquiry is? Sadly, I didn’t know what one was until I joined Gartner. After interacting with Gartner analysts over dozens of years while working at various Fortune 100 enterprises, I never came to appreciate how much more effective I could have been if I only had known about […]

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