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

By Philip Allega | October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

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 architecture, it’s a great time to talk EA non-stop for 5 days.

My wife says this is my time to really “geek out”.  I can’t wait.  I feel like a kid about to go to his own birthday party.  It’s very exciting.

So, what will talk about?  The theme of the conference is “Transitions: New realities, rules and opportunities”.  We will have more CIOs and IT leaders and enterprise architects than any other conference in our history or anywhere else on the planet.  This is the 20th anniversary and it’s going to be fun for enterprise architects and their CIOs to:

  • Break through the hype concerning EA in the marketplace today
  • Examine what EA really means to CIOs
  • Understand how Enterprise Business Architecture, a viewpoint of EA, unites business and IT
  • Learn how to integrate the investment decision-making process with EA
  • Explore what effective governance for EA and IT looks like
  • Uncover what information-sharing means for today’s leading organizations
  • Engage in various workshops that explore the maturity of their EA effort, create business-driven EA requirements, and develop effective EA principles
  • Participate in roundtable discussions concerning context-aware computing, how EA supports OT and IT convergence, cloud application architecture best practices, building and growing a great EA team, best practices in communication, applying pattern-based strategies and best practices in maturing the EA program
  • See leading edge approaches to engage businesses in hybrid thinking

Of course, this is just part of the exciting EA track I’m participating in; there’s so much more to the conference that can be found here: http://www.gartner.com/technology/symposium/orlando/index.jsp

CIOs and enterprise architecture (EA) teams have led and will continue to lead the transformation efforts that are reinvigorating complex organizations. As a discipline, EA promotes confident, visionary leadership. Mature EA programs help institutionalize strategic thinking and improve the general management skills of the IT organization.

CIOs and chief architects who position EA as “strategy” will be better able to refine their organization’s strategic focus, optimize IT investment decisions, refine the economics of IT, co-evolve improved business capability models with larger organization, and provide higher quality, more authoritative information to decision makers. These goals may sound lofty, but many organizations are using crises to position EA as a key enabler of transformation and innovation.

Let’s talk EA and how EA really works for your organization. 

I’m looking forward to meeting you in Orlando.  Please say hello when you see me.

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