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For years legacy modernization has been the Cinderella of IT. Everyone knows legacy systems are a massive drag on the business, but there has rarely been a compelling business case to justify the perceived cost and risk involved in modernization. But
Change is intrinsic to the IT industry and its customers. And most of us, whether in business or government, are deeply focused on enabling business agility, whether through technology change, product innovation, software architecture, agile practices,
If you address the question of how to scale Agile projects by considering what framework to use, you are only looking at one aspect of the problem. Scaling is all about coordination – managing enterprise considerations and cross program dependencies, and the defacto frameworks (SAFe, L...
I’ve been spending nearly half my time in Philadelphia over the past while, and I just happened to have a spare Saturday yesterday, so I hightailed it downtown. I had two objectives – to explore the Museum of Art and to attend a Brahms concert by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. On...
I was amused this week to be contacted by Researchgate, a syndication platform that have somehow republished my paper Enterprise resource planning: Componentizing the enterprise application packages that was originally published in April 2000 by the ACM.
All enterprises, be they large or small, national or multinational, commercial or government agency, American or Chinese, Japanese or European, are carrying the dead weight of their history and almost certainly continuing to add unnecessary complexity and excessive cost that will progr...
The most common concern our customers voiced in 2014 was the unexpected outcomes of Agile projects. They don't talk about failure as such. But they do talk about loss of consistency; inability to govern; lack of coordination and the increasing time-to-market caused by these precise iss...
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, well some 20 years actually, some clever folk figured out a way of structuring work that was quite revolutionary. So revolutionary in fact that most people didn’t understand it. Now a few folk in a parallel world
Jason Bloomberg recently published a mind map for Agile Architecture. It’s a nice map that sketches top level thinking and I welcome that. It prompted me to do a drill down.
In his blog Richard Veryard relates how the public sector, in the UK at least, is moving slowly towards understanding the impact of Digital Government. He reports on a workshop he attended recently to discuss some of the architectural aspects of Digital
In my last post Oh No! We need another Practice Framework,  I developed the earlier theme commenced in “Beware the New Silos”. I argued that the widely used frameworks are narrowly discipline centric and actually inhibit cross discipline working. I
A few years ago I commented [in Beware the New Silos, ref 1 below] that in a complicated world we cope by specialization - and across the industry in general and in individual enterprises specifically we have created silos of our primary disciplines. The
I note healthy discussion around whether Agile is Dead [ref 1]. And while I may sympathize (sic) with many of the comments, particularly the commercial trivialization of education, the core issue must surely be the difficulty of adopting de facto Agile
There’s another metaphorical asteroid approaching the world. The last one (the Web) hit around 1991 and we are still struggling to come to terms with it. But the next one is an order of magnitude bigger - it’s often referred to as Digital Business. It’s
Subhead: Modernization is NOT Optional!Once again customers of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and its subsidiaries Ulster, Natwest etc are in trouble! Unable to use their debit cards, or access
During October I ran a survey asking Architects, Designers and Project Managers about Service Specification practices. I have just
In July 1989 the Harvard Business Review published a seminal article by Chase and Garvin titled The Service Factory [1]. They argued that “The factory of the future is not a place where computers, robots, and flexible machines do the drudge work. . . the
Question: What’s the difference between a Web Service, an API and an SOA Software Service?Answer: The Web Service and the API are technical
Are you and your enterprise a prisoner of the past? I don’t mean legacy applications and technologies, I mean today’s business processes and applications. I work with many different enterprises and what’s common to the great majority is the centrality of
I note Microsoft are reorganizing, again. From a products divisional organization to functional. Evidently they want to copy firms like Apple that have been demonstrably successful at delivering integrated products. The problem for Microsoft is that down
The overwhelmingly positive reviews prompted me to purchase this book by Brian Solis. And it is very well written and is thought provoking in the context of social media and the impact that is having on business. But it seems to me
How many times have I heard that the real problem with Agile is getting to the start line? There has to be some definition up front, but Agile methods don’t really help. Perhaps it’s a little secret for many organizations that they feel they must do more specification work up front bec...
James Martin, technologist, methodologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist died Monday 24 June 2013 aged 79.I first came across James Martin in the early
I was interested to read the recent McKinsey report on disruptive technologies. McKinsey identifies twelve potentially economically disruptive technologies including the Mobile Internet, Automation of Knowledge work, Internet of Things, Advanced Robotics
In so many situations today I find business people are much more savvy with IT than they used to be only 10 years ago. And while this is a fantastic advance, the result is they are MUCH more likely to dictate the solution right from the outset. I
Do you remember when computers were hard to use? In fact it’s just nine years since a GM press release asserted that if they developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars that for no reason at all, would crash twice a day, shut down. Because of this great leap forw...
In December 2006 I blogged on the topic of Explaining SOA to the Business Audience. It started out “I note resurgent interest in LegoTM blocks as a metaphor for explaining to the business audience the value of SOA. My advice is don’t treat the business audience as dummies!” The blog go...
The English language is well known for its subtlety. Sometimes it’s a delight, but on other occasions it can be very frustrating. If I use the term Gothic Architecture you will immediately understand I am describing a style of architecture that flourished in medieval times. And if like...
Agile methods have not been widely adopted by enterprises. Agile projects remain, for the most part, independent software development activities, and often by design focused on key areas of enterprise innovation. The latter
Have you noticed? Organizations have become initiative driven. Ten years ago enterprise architecture was topic de jour precisely because of initiative fatigue. But today there’s a huge focus again on narrow focus strategic
The Agile Manifesto is rightly held in high regard, but most practitioners understand it was a response to the prevailing environment in 2001. In fact I note Scott Ambler attempted a
Last week I attended the Agile Business Conference in London. With four concurrent tracks and well over 200 delegates this must of necessity be a report from a
The number one IT issue for all enterprises today is delivery - responding to business demand for change in ever faster timescales, at lower cost. But in the typical large enterprise, IT is widely perceived to be incapable of responding in a reasonable timeframe and cost. There are man...
Many companies do not do governance well. A primary reason for this is a focus on governance “process” at the expense of policies. And, where policies are established, it is common to observe a surfeit of bad, inconsistent policies that are overlapping
As discussed in Part 1, for me the primary value in Cobit 5 is the formalization of policy as a concept that has a life cycle and management process. In CBDI-SAE we have focused very strongly on defining the policy hierarchy and instances as the
I am impressed with Cobit 5. The leap from 4.1 to 5 is significant and useful. Points to note:- the level of detail has been REDUCED!- Cobit has discovered POLICIES! The framework is no longer a purely process perspective, but recognizes a
Down the years I have advised customers on the use of an Integrity Unit pattern on numerous occasions, yet strangely this incredibly useful pattern seems to remain a best kept secret.It's pretty simply really. I define it as: 
When you slump into your aircraft seat you don't give a seconds thought to whether the aircraft is properly maintained. Same on the Eurostar or TGV, and you don't worry either about the air traffic control systems or the railway signalling systems.
I am sitting in the african sunshine supposedly having a month off work. However I suppose looking after grandchildren was never going to be a cakewalk! But one of the real benefits of taking time away, even if it's not a vacation as such
My old friend Dan French penned an interesting blog last month. He was thinking about how the