Architecture and Organization
By OTN ArchBeat on Oct 28, 2008
At its most basic, IT architecture, regardless of your specific role on the architect food chain, is about the plan to get from Point A to Point B. While the focus of that transition is on technology and software, that transition is also about people -- at least until SkyNet is complete and the machines don't need us.
Architecture is as much about people as it about software, and architecture without effective organization is just a bunch of scribbles on a white board. A recent post on Frank Buytendijk's Blog discusses the emergence and adoption of the Center of Excellence (COE) as a means of organization.
Some COEs are driven by the IT department, in which all needed technology competencies are combined. Think of a database administrator, business analyst and the necessary developers. They typically focus on the data warehouse and business intelligence technologies. Other COEs combine business and IT skills in order to create better business and IT alignment. A third type of competency center is emerging where not only the management information is governed, but also the management processes as the BP case study explains. Dare we call a COE that coordinates both management information and management processes a Center of Management Excellence? In terms of Kaplan and Norton it is called the Office of Strategy Management.
Read Frank's post: Organizing for Management Excellence (Frank Buytendijk Blog)