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Philip Allega
Research VP
12 years at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Philip Allega is a research vice president responsible for teaching, coaching and critiquing Gartner's clients to help them realize the value of enterprise architecture as a strategic discipline. Read Full Bio

Architexit: Purposely Failing in Order to Succeed

by Philip Allega  |  July 27, 2016

“You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette” was a saying I recall as a child. In my room I had a picture of Abraham Lincoln hanging up that listed all of his failures before he became the 16th President of the United States. Some things, and people, fail before they succeed […]

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Architexit: Brexit Planning During the “Phoney War”

by Philip Allega  |  July 26, 2016

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott is a leading European constitutional law expert. She recently gave a speech at Chatham House outlining the legal requirements needed to realize Brexit. She noted that, in many respects, we are in the midst of the “phoney war.” The “phoney war” alludes to the eight-month period at the start of World War […]

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Architexit: Brexit for Enterprise Architects

by Philip Allega  |  July 20, 2016

My most recent research on gartner.com (“Architexit: What Enterprise Architects Must Do in the Face of Brexit“) highlights how enterprise architects can help business and IT leaders plan, manage, and engage with disruptive forces; more specifically, it’s about Brexit. Forecasting the impact on existing assets, in-flight or planned projects in the face of Brexit will […]

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Gaming, Visualization, Simulation and Optimization: A New Reality for Enterprise Architecture

by Philip Allega  |  October 28, 2010

  I think that the push for considering an alternative means to engage in EA is, indeed, already underway. In organizations who treat “people as strategy” (e.g., SEMCO, Whole Foods, HCL, Topcoder), wherein people are give broad self-directed control of creating and executing strategy in real time, the notion that one will “translate business vision […]

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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, 2010: Let’s Talk Enterprise Architecture

by Philip Allega  |  October 14, 2010

It’s Symposium season.  We actually began in South Africa at the end of August and in Brazil in September.  We continue this coming Sunday-Thursday in Orlando and then Cannes, France, Japan and Sydney, Australia, to conclude this years largest gathering of CIOs and IT leaders in the world.  For me, and my colleagues in enterprise […]

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IT Market Clock is Here: Enterprise Architects Get Ready, Get Set, Get to Work!

by Philip Allega  |  October 13, 2010

Enterprise architects use metadata repositories to indicate the enterprise state of the items stored within.  Gartner’s IT Market Clock plots the current state and predicted lifecycle of IT products or services within a marketplace.  Enterprise architects will benefit from communicating the lifecycle positioning on internally held assets versus the marketplace perspective, as well as be […]

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The Rhetoric of “EA is Dead” is Dead: EA has Arrived at the Leadership Table

by Philip Allega  |  October 12, 2010

In Gartner’s recent report, IT Metrics: Office of the CIO Staffing Report, 2010 , we noted that: The top-ranked function employed or implemented within the OCIO (Office of the CIO) is enterprise architecture, with 76% of respondents reporting a full-time equivalent (FTE) response to this role So, why so much angst over whether EA is “dead”?  […]

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John Zachman is Dead, Long Live John Zachman

by Philip Allega  |  September 1, 2010

Typically, the world of EA is boring. In this last few weeks, all bets are off as John Zachman goes to court and questions are raised about the near term and long term effects to the commercialization of EA Frameworks and the EA certification marketplace. It’s still early days, but challenges from the “father of EA” require consideration.

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Business Architecture is Part of Enterprise Architecture

by Philip Allega  |  August 30, 2010

A common misperception being hyped in EA circles concerns the notion that business architecture is something different from enterprise architecture. This is a blatant attempt to classify EA as something only applicable to IT when, in fact, EA is applicable to the ENTERPRISE that covers numerous viewpoints for stakeholders, including business, information, technology and solution […]

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If You Are Only Talking “Architecture”, You Don’t Know Squat

by Philip Allega  |  August 25, 2010

Sometimes it’s a just a little mental slip, but many times is purposeful obfuscation on the part of the person speaking.  And, there’s only one reason to do such a terrible thing, that’s because the person speaking isn’t certain about what they’re talking about.  The crowd-sourced definition of “architecture” on wikipedia gives a nod towards […]

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