Architecture: Getting from as-is to to-be
By OTN ArchBeat on Jul 18, 2008
In a post announcing his last day at Forrester Research, Peter Kim offers this assessment of the internal and external forces that are reshaping the enterprise:
At a macro-level, businesses must adapt to a new world of work. As digital-born natives enter the workforce and all consumers assimilate new digital behaviors, organizations have no choice but to evolve from their legacy operational models, built on principles from the industrial revolution. We are now in the social revolution - a Groundswell of change. The idea of "command and control" has been turned upside down and the enterprise [must] avoid being crushed by the inverted pyramid.
The phenomenon Peter describes is the result of the complex interplay of technological and sociological forces. Technological innovation is a primary driver of social evolution, which in turn drives further technological innovation. Within the enterprise, organizational adaptation to the constant and accelerating pace of change ultimately involves IT. And that's what makes software architecture at every level a lot like being stuck on George Jetson's treadmill.
It's unlikely that we'll ever close the architectural gap between as-is and to-be. But really, do we want to?