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Architexit: Brexit for Enterprise Architects

by Philip Allega  |  July 20, 2016  |  1 Comment

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 find decision makers engaging in high velocity decision making activities. To do so, we’re recommending the enterprise architects help decision makers create a command centre to deal with the rapidly changing circumstances and information in both planning and managing the change ahead.

To “Architexit” means that you will use enterprise architecture to willfully plan the removal of existing business processes, applications, technologies, solutions, people skills, and more from the business and IT landscape in the face of a major disruption. This term also supports the willful planning of said items from the business and IT landscape before their introduction to the same.

Much of what we know about engaging in such disruptions is also reflected in learnings from two other key areas:

1. Cost Optimization
2. Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures

For enterprise architects, there are specific models we have seen work in the past that become more important in the face of “Architexit-ing.” My research note explores these models and approaches on further detail.

Whether you’re in public or private sector, if you’re in the EU and/or UK or doing business with others here, you will find yourself directly impacted by this serious disruption. Enterprise architects have been working with their strategist, planners, management and investment decision-makers to engage with significant disruptions for some time. It’s exciting to share the impact of this disruption upon this very important role.

If you’re a Gartner client, I look forward to speaking to you about this soon. If you’re a vendor helping your client organizations engage in Brexit decision making, please contact vendor.briefings@gartner.com as I’d love to hear how your products and/or services are helping.

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Category: brexit  business-architecture  enterprise-architect  enterprise-architecture  it-cost-optimization  mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures  portfolio-management  

Tags: brexit  enterprise-architecture  it-planning  it-strategy  portfolio-management  

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


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