Thursday Jan 10, 2013

Architects: Sell Yourselves, Save the World

Two recent articles, Why IT Should Be on the CEO's Agenda, by U. S. News contributor Thomas C. Lawton, and Enterprise architects, the economy is in your capable hands by ZDNet blogger Joe McKendrick, paint a dismal picture of the typical relationship between business management and IT. As Lawton observes:

"Few CEOs really understand the implications of new, rapidly changing and complex IT systems and processes for the current business model or perceive a strategic potential and value in new technology implementation."

But both writers offer a hopeful outlook. McKendrick concludes:

Business leaders know IT is the future of their organizations. In fact, in many cases, IT is becoming the business. EAs are needed, desperately, to provide the guidance in this journey from widget-making to data and service provider.

While the focus of these articles is on enterprise architects, architects at all levels should take note that the key element in the process described by Lawton and McKendrick is communication. This is not the first time I've mentioned it on this blog, and it certainly won't be the last, but if you want to evolve and excel as an architect, you need communication skills as sharp as your technical skills. If you can achieve that, everybody wins.

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