Friday Apr 20, 2012

Who's in Your Head?

Isaac Asimov
Guy Kawasaki
John Zachman
Steve Jobs
Daniel Pink
Michelangelo

In your role as an architect you are called on to make many, many decisions — decisions with significant consequences. You make those decisions based on your education, training, experience, and expertise. But do other factors also influence your architectural decisions? When pondering important architectural choices, is there another voice in your head? If so, who's in there? I'm not talking about crazy schizo stuff. I'm talking about role models.

In the latest edition of the Architect Community column in Oracle Magazine several community members reveal their role models — the movers and shakers whose lives and work continue to influence the decisions these architects make. As an added bonus, three of the architects featured in the article share additional thoughts about their role models in this short video:

The architects in the article and the video have revealed their role models. So who's in your head?

Monday Mar 26, 2012

Architecture: Bringing Value to the Table

A recent TechTarget article features an interview with Business Architecture expert William Ulrich (Take a business-driven approach to application modernization ). In that article Ulrich offers this advice:

"Moving from one technical architecture might be perfectly viable on a project by project basis, but when you're looking at the big picture and you want to really understand how to drive business value so that the business is pushing money into IT instead of IT pulling money back, you have to understand the business architecture. When we do that we're going to really be able to start bringing value to the table."

In many respects that big picture view is what software architecture is all about. As an architect, your technical skills must be top-notch. But if you don't apply that technical knowledge within the larger context of moving the business forward, what are you accomplishing?

If you're interested in more insight from William Ulrich, you can listen to the ArchBeat Podcast interview he did last year, in which he and co-author Neal McWhorter talked about their book, Business Architecture: The Art and Practice of Business Transformation.

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