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Architecture is Dying – Why EA and Agile isn’t enough to stop Shadow IT.

March 7th, 2017|2 Comments

Nothing is guaranteed to bring the wolves to the door faster than criticising Agile. Apart from maybe criticising Enterprise Architecture. So strap in. This is going to be fun. I recently spoke at a conference

Driving a New Generation of Digital Leader at Iasa

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

One of the most important functions of a profession is to ensure that companies can hire the people they need to lead their organizations. In addition, a profession must help fulfill the requirements of future

January 2017 eSummit – Technical Disaster Response

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Technical Disaster Response presented by Lewis Curtis While not well known, during times of man-made and natural disasters Microsoft provides a reactive technical response capabilities to communities during their time of need. In the last

January 2017 eSummit: Innovate is a Verb

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Innovate is a Verb by Scott Andersen The thing is, innovation has changed. What once was the purview of large companies with R&D budgets can now be found on web site. The opportunity for innovators to

January 2017 eSummit: People Change in Digital Transformation

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

People Change in Digital Transformation by Andy Ruth Most agree that business capability requires people, process, and technology. Digital transformation requires change across all three. Technology is the most fun and easiest to adopt and adapt.

January 2017 eSummit: Guiding Your Digital Transformation

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Guiding Your Digital Transformation by Jim Wilt Digital Transformation is real.  Transformations are when bleeding edge technologies and practices transform into mainstream.  This discussion is coming from a base of experience in transformations and their

Becoming Digital Transformers

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

There is a lot of fear and uncertainty in our profession right now, and rightly so. The architecture practice, especially the enterprise architecture, of the past 10-15 years is dead. I am reasonably certain that

Tools for Exploring the Future

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

“The future is already here it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson The Future isn’t certain, we struggle to understand the impact of the future and fail to see the signals that are right

Future Role of Architects

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

The Future of the Architect: reports of our extinction have been greatly exaggerated. A completely subjective look at the direction the role of the architect might take in years to come, as we endeavour to


December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

We value working software over comprehensive documentation” is what the manifesto for agile software development says, with the typical misinterpretation of these few words being “don’t write documentation”. Of course, that’s not what the manifesto

SITAC Raeligh 2016

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Check out all the greatness that happened at the Student IT Architect Competition in Raleigh this year!  A special thanks goes out to everyone that worked so hard to make this such a success!

Dress Better! No, I mean it.

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

I grew up in Dallas, Tx in the 70s and 80s and I will tell you something we all knew back then, but seem to have forgotten now. You dress one level better than your

1 November eSummit – Developing Product Plans for Software Solutions

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

by Brian Loomis Brian Loomis is an enterprise architect, providing leadership and hands-on consulting experience to a wide variety of customers in multiple industry segments, centered around understanding business value in the context of organizational

2 November eSummit – Business and IT Architecture Engagement For Service Excellence

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

by Brice Ominski IT architects need to support the business. Following architectures and frameworks by themselves has led to many failures. The reason is that the architect and the relationships with stakeholders are the focal

3 November eSummit – The Art of Organizing Architecture

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

by Paul Preiss Emergent architecture and design have become deeply popular topics in Agile circles. From emergent in the since of coming into being to emergent in the sense of the hidden being made plain,

4 November eSummit – Using Architecture Principles in Practice

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

by Eoin Woods An important part of an architect’s work is identifying the priorities and constraints that need to be respected if a system is to maintain its technical integrity and meet its key requirements—particularly

Business and IT Architecture Leaders Deliver Service Excellence

November 15th, 2016|0 Comments

by Brice Ominski Overview To achieve true digital transformation for any organization, the IT architecture team works proactively alongside the executive leadership and business stakeholders. This approach leverages both business and technical leadership, to allow

ITARC Southeast 2016

October 27th, 2016|0 Comments

ITARC Southeast is a two day conference experience featuring a full day of four master class training sessions as well as a full day of dynamic speakers on innovation and strategy. ITARC Southeast is the

Why Frameworks Are Killing Architecture

October 11th, 2016|1 Comment

Let me start by contradicting my headline. I love frameworks. DODAF, FEAF, MODAF, TOGAF, Zachman etc. are all excellent tools for architecture teams to use when they are ready and when the team members are

10 Principles of Architect Team Success

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Over the years I have continuously written and commented on the chasm that forms between architecture teams. After 15 years of learning from members and working with them on successes and failures we know there

The impact of change is twofold, evolutionary or revolutionary

October 4th, 2016|0 Comments

Change is a process as a long time infrastructure architect I am used to evolutionary change. The job I did 20 years ago when I was first an infrastructure architect is nothing like what I

Customer Churn: Beyond the Obvious

August 25th, 2016|0 Comments

by Bhagvan Kommadi

1 August eSummit – Exploring Methods for Visual Question Answering

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Matt Klewonn Click HERE to view the full presentation

2 Iasa August eSummit – Customer Churn Prevention – Beyond The Obvious

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Bhagvan Kommadi The machine learning based algorithm uses various factors like relationship manager,age, preferences and social media postings. The semantic analysis is used for analyzing unstructured data from the social media postings. The structured data

3 Iasa August eSummit – Machine Learning 101

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Brent Jackson This is an introduction to Machine Learning and the impact it is having on business and technology today.  

4 Iasa August eSummit – Distributed AI Systems for Optimizing Human and Machine Intelligence

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Mark Montgomery This talk is based on two decades of R&D in AI systems, including several years in exploring use cases with management teams in global companies. Highlights of the talk include: Governance within

5 Iasa August eSummit – Designing Distributed Machine Learning Systems with Apache Spark 2.0

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

By Adj. Prof. Giuseppe Mascarella & Jacek Laskowski Apache Spark 2.0 and Scala have been designed to build mission critical applications that address the needs of processing distributed etherogenus data sets. For architects, Spark integrates Data

6 Iasa August eSummit – Cracking The Data Science Code – 5 Essentials Skills to Distil Raw Data Into Gold

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

By Wee-Hyong Tok How do businesses and data scientists work together to distil raw data into intelligent action? Why do some companies drown in volumes of data, while some companies thrive on turning the data

7 Iasa August eSummit – Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

By Louis Columbus By relying on machine learning to gain greater visibility from the shop floor to the top floor, manufacturers are earning greater customer trust and sales while reducing costs and wasted time. The

How can I be successful implementing Microservices?

August 17th, 2016|2 Comments

This blog post is one in a series that will give you some insight into the full day training class (Microservices Solution Architectures) I will be teaching at the ITARC Austin on October 6th, 2016.

JFDI: a change framework for Architects who just get things done

August 16th, 2016|0 Comments

We now see that being a change agent is an important part of an Architects Mindset as we become more business aligned, value driven and outcome focused. Just like Iasa supports Architecture as a Profession, Change

Invitation to my presentation on AI systems for the IASA Global eSummit on Machine Learning (8/17 @ 11am CDT)

August 15th, 2016|0 Comments

What: ‘Distributed AI Systems for Optimizing Human and Machine Intelligence’ When: Wednesday, 8/17/16 at 11am CDT for live version, IASA Full Members can access recorded version Where: IASA Global eSummit on Machine Learning (free with

Customer Churn Prevention – Beyond The Obvious

August 15th, 2016|0 Comments

by Bhagvan Kommadi The topic which will be presented by Bhagvan Kommadi at the August eSummit (register here) is Customer Churn Prevention - Beyond The Obvious. The presentation is on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 9

Why Should I Choose a Microservices Architecture?

August 3rd, 2016|2 Comments

This blog post is one in a series that will give you some insight into the full day training class (Microservices Solution Architectures) I will be teaching at the ITARC Austin on October 6th, 2016.  That's

Why Cloud Governance should be Considered Early and Often

August 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Adam Starling | Director Global Solutions | Cloud Cruiser The question of when to really start considering cloud governance has come up many times in my engagements with companies, and my answer is always “early

Debugging a container that won’t start

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

To implement an architecture that takes advantage of container technology, one way to persist the data has been to use a separate data container. In my case, I am using Jenkins in a container, and

July eSummit – Why All Cloud Projects Fail

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

by Gavin McShera “All cloud projects fail. Yup. They do. Cloud projects fail because we get caught up in the fact that they are “cloud projects”. Interesting new models. Great new technology. Amazingly put together

July eSummit – SD-WAN and the Cloud

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

by Alex Ratcliffe Businesses are starting to treat the Cloud like any other location on their WAN, which means access to SaaS applications and applications running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Hyper-V need

July eSummit – Cloud-aware Network Management

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

by Alex Henthorn-Iwane As IT departments deploy more IaaS, PaaS and SaaS as part of the shift to hybrid cloud, its important to also shift network management to be more cloud-aware. Specifically, all those cloud-based

July eSummit – Achieving Cost and Usage Visibility in the Hybrid Cloud

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

by Adam Starling Keeping on top of the rapid growth of cloud use is doubly complicated when that cloud is hybrid. Learn about the challenges of obtaining visibility into the costs and usage of disparate


July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

by Scott Andersen Scott Andersen is the managing partner and Chief Technology Officer of Creative Technology & Innovation. During his 25+ years in the technology industry Scott has followed many technology trends down the rabbit

July eSummit – Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

by Rima Bhattacharya “Actual hybrid cloud computing deployments still “rare,” Gartner says, tempering optimism about future adoption rates” Hybrid Cloud is a coordinated mix of both Public and Private Cloud resources! This session will provide

Form, Structure and Function – Architecture is NOT Emergent

July 15th, 2016|1 Comment

I have recently been studying the implications of Agile on enterprise and technology architecture. As a part of that I was looking through traditional architects relationship to other team members (structural engineers, construction, plumbers, electricians,

Evolution to Modern Data Architecture

July 8th, 2016|1 Comment

Watch the full session HERE Paige Roberts, Product Manager, Big Data, Syncsort, uses the Iasa whiteboard to show how your can get caught up in the modern data architecture.

A Talk with Senior Business Advisor, Gerald Crotty

July 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member Watch the full interview HERE We sit down to talk Senior Business Advisor, Gerald Crotty, about how Business Architecture has helped Export Development Canada.

June eSummit – How to Articulate the Value of Enterprise Architecture

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

by Michael Fulton Ever struggled with the question, What is the Value of Enterprise Architecture? In this facilitated conversation, Michael Fulton will share his perspective on Enterprise Architecture and the value it provides to the

June eSummit – Defining an M.Sc. In IT Architecture at IT Tallaght Dublin

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Cormac Keogh Cormac will outline the process and content of the newly established programme at IT Tallaght. How the programme was built to ensure the academic, industry and IASA needs were met and how

June eSummit – How can Architects cope In the Multi-Speed Architecture for Enterprises?

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Madhusudhan KM Most enterprises spend 70% of IT spend on “Run the business” and only 30% in “Grow the business” and “Transform the business” initiatives. This is because of all the legacy in the

June eSummit – Architecture for Hybrid Search with SharePoint

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Max Melcher In this session, Max will explain the architectural challenges, the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid search for SharePoint 2013/2016 and SharePoint Online. The session will cover typical enterprise scenarios like distributed environments and

June eSummit – EA – Shifting (and Shaping) the Conversation

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Samsurin Welch Click HERE to view the presentation

June eSummit – Information Architectures in Search, Theory and Practice

June 24th, 2016|1 Comment

by David Louis Hollembaek A look at the way Search supports Information Architecture, how it impacts the way that we search and find, and also how it changes the expectations of end users. The session will

June eSummit – Global Values and Local Contexts of Architecture Design

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Vinu Jade and Madhukar K Click HERE to view the presentation

June eSummit – Intrinsic Value of Enterprise Architecture for Business, Technology and Management Transformation

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Kiran Bettadapur Enterprise Architecture is essential for agile assimilation of change within an enterprise in response to the environmental dynamics and external uncertainties in modern business ecosystem. It provides: (a) the foundation for managing

June eSummit – Threat Modeling: A Structured Approach to Design Secure Applications

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Prasad Nelabhotla Threat Modeling is an approach for analyzing the security posture of an application. It is a structured approach and a very important component of Security Development Lifecycle process that enables you to

June eSummit – Let the Trust Evolve Itself in a Decentralized Network

June 24th, 2016|0 Comments

by Sanjeev Azad If you haven’t heard of BLOCKCHAIN so far then I am sure it’ll be coming to your way soon. As there are lot of challenges into the current enterprise systems especially financial

June eSummit – Why SOA should have been called Dependency-Oriented Thinking

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Ganesh Prasad With over a decade’s worth of SOA experience at varied organisations, Ganesh has discovered the secret to unlocking SOA’s wasted potential. He aims to reignite SOA practice with a fresh, lightweight yet rigorous

June eSummit – Enterprise Architecture Needs an Update

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Glen Willis The way IT assets are acquired, operated and retired has shifted significantly in recent years.Architecture services and deliverables have become dated and need to be revised to support new business operating models (including

June eSummit – Enabling Business Success and the place of EA

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Jackie O'Dowd Success is something that all businesses strive for. Some succeed and some fail. We will look at how a business can achieve success by aligning key enablers such as people, process, technology, and

June eSummit – Driving Transformation through Architecture

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Anandan Kumaran Click HERE to view the presentation

June eSummit – Hybrid thinking – the missing link

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

by Craig Martin According to Daniel Pink we are shifting out of the information age into the conceptual age, or the age of the idea. To cope with this shift, a number of “new” disciplines have

June eSummit – Great Architecture; change management needed for execution

June 21st, 2016|0 Comments

by David Slight A necessary understanding of Change Management models and techniques ensures Architects are seen as change agent. The change methods and frameworks also help Enterprise Architects demonstrate their contribution, moving business forward, with less

June eSummit – Business-Driven Roadmaps, Funding & Initiatives

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by Diana Krohn There is untapped opportunity in cross-functional business planning. Investments and benefits can be optimized by using capability based analysis, to drive out roadmaps and initiatives. This session follows a United Airlines case study

June eSummit – Agile Journeys: Who Brought the Map?!?

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by Alex Randell Working agile does not provide benefit if we are simply working on the wrong things in an agile manner. If architecture is not considered, we are in peril of not understanding an organization’s

June eSummit – Architecting the Unknown

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by Grady Booch There are many systems that we know how to architect (usually because we’ve built them many times before). There also many systems for which we know a process that will lead us to

June eSummit – Business-Dirven, IT Portfolio Planning

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by William Ulrich IT portfolio planning is often a technology-driven exercise, looking at IT cost metrics as a decision-making tool. This approach creates tremendous business risk while ignoring business-driven perspectives and related strategies. Business architecture provides

June eSummit – Disciplined Agile Architecture: Are You Ready?

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by Scott Ambler Architecture is so important on agile teams that we address it continuously throughout the lifecycle.  Interestingly, the most effective solution and enterprise architects are those that work in a collaborative and evolutionary (agile)

June eSummit – Digital Transformation – the love story!

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by Daniel Franzén What does Digital Transformation really mean and can we compare the relation between business and IT to a human love relation? In this presentation Daniel will take us on a historical journey

June eSummit – Design Reviews Using the Business Capability Model

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by Siddesh Mahadik This presentation will focus on how the business architecture function, evolved the Business Capability Model (BCM). Working closely with different business change and information technology groups, business architecture leveraged the model to establish

June eSummit – Turning the corner from custom software development to shipping a product

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

by Brian Loomis Brian will synthesize his experiences in working with teams who have been engaged in serial, customer-focused development and growing that into a productization strategy. That is, we will discuss how to convert

A question of (for. About) ethical choices…

June 15th, 2016|0 Comments

What is the ethical responsibility of a software architect? First off, defining what and where the person is acting is critical. In this particular conversation let’s assume that the software architect is working for a

What Makes A Great Architecture Team

June 9th, 2016|0 Comments

As a prelude to setting up our award and rating system for Architecture Teams, I've been thinking a lot about what makes for a great architect organization. The question seems simple at first then blossoms

Enterprise and Business Architecture Together with Chalon Mullins

May 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member Watch the full interview HERE Chalon Mullins' focus is on using a full range approach to architecture to address pressing business issues. He have a strong interest appropriate use of technology and agile

Business Architecture with Laura Ludwick

May 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member Watch the full interview HERE We apply business architecture to align IT strategy to our Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) Portfolio. The business architecture blueprint helps in strategizing initiatives, investments, and goals. We call

May eSummit – Architect Adaptive Solutions

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member by Eduard Lazar Click HERE to view the presentation

May eSummit – The Art of Organizing Architecture

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member by Paul Preiss Paul Preiss, an expert on the architect organization, will guide you through not only the current thinking about architect organizations but a comprehensive engagement model (utilizing any framework you want

May eSummit – Modernization, the hardest thing you can do in IT?

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member by Henrik Glimberg This session will explore modernization patterns and real life challenges of doing continuous modernization from both an IT and business perspective as well as modernizing the actual IT architecture and

May eSummit – Does Agile Architecture Have a SAFe Future?

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member by Per-Magnus Skoogh Agile architecture used to sound like an oxymoron (like hot ice-cream). In some circles it may still be so, but attitudes to agility are changing quickly. In many organizations architects

May eSummit – The Architect as an Organizer

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member by Eva Kammerfors Eva gives you practical tips and advice on how to architect can use at your core competencies to using architecture to organize the process of change, build teams and engage

May eSummit – Project Artifacts in a Compliance World

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Full Member by Wayne Anderson In a world of frameworks with many possible artifacts, determining what a set of minimum business required depictions is can be a complicated dance. Stakeholders, the industry, and the organization’s

5 Reasons Organizing Architects Is So Important

May 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Iasa gets to interact with architects from every type and size of organization. From universities to startups to global fortune 100s. We get visibility into every angle and aspect of the practice, programs, projects, roles,