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Enterprise Architects Should Be Communists

        posted by , September 12, 2012

Everyone is trying to convince me to be an IT communist.

Project managers, solution architects and IT managers — there are a lot of people out there who believe that IT should be centrally planned. Furthermore, most believe it's my job (as a Enterprise Architect) to perform this draconian feat.

IT Central Planning

It is neither possible nor desirable for a small team to centrally plan the IT of any large organization.

Think Global, Act Local

Enterprise Architecture enables solution teams to think global, act local.

EA governance -- reviewing project architecture from an enterprise perspective.

reference architectures

enterprise taxonomies

etc... (you get the picture)


Enterprise Architecture also provides executives with transparency. Answering the question: are proposed solutions globally optimized? (or have local tactical decisions been made)


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