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Top 10 interview secrets for an enterprise architect

Posted by on Aug 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who wrote the interview questions? Face it – you are being hired as one of the top technical employees at the prospects company. Who is going to ask you questions? Chances are the interviewer didn’t create them and had somebody else to do this for them.If this is a brand-new position, this will be especially true. If perchance you are replacing someone, this is less true but you can watch for opportunities to describe how you will counteract previous deficiencies in a prior experience they might have had. Don’t intimidate anyone. A person in your position may be very...

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Simplify Your Enterprise Architecture Plan

Posted by on Jun 11, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Simplify Your Enterprise Architecture Plan

Last time I wrote about a few thoughts regarding the failure of the enterprise architecture programs. A  Most are complicated.  You have a great deal of difficultly explaining the benefits. It is probably one of the most common questions I’m asked.  “How do I justify the work we are going to do on this?”. First of all, that justification is going to have to be in layman’s terms.  Turn off the psycho babble and really think hard about what your CIO will hear, and what your executives and stakeholders want to hear.  It’s about the bottom line, and granted, most...

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The Biggest Reasons for Enterprise Architecture Failure

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Biggest Reasons for Enterprise Architecture Failure

It’s strange to me, but over the years I’ve heard about so many enterprise architecture programs that have failed that really shouldn’t have.  When I asked the enterprise architect involved why they thought it happened, they usually had the same reasons. 1) We couldn’t show results fast enough 2) The business couldn’t see/understand value 3) We ran out of budget I usually followed up with a few more questions.  I’d ask about their enterprise architecture plan and status. A  “We don’t really have a plan, we were too busy doing EA, they’d...

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Architects Challenge All the Facts

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As an IT architect you’ll have to learn to challenge all the facts. Progress seems to rely on enterprise architects who stand up, challenge the status quo and push the envelope a lot. Many great breakthroughs are innovations made by architects who are able to ignore the so-called facts and figures. Whilst most people are content with the status quo, professional IT architects are always seeking a better, faster, more efficient, more effective method or way of doing things. Despite the rhetoric, most corporations and the people within them quietly fear change. They are scared that it...

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Help With Your Decision Making by Using an IT Architecture Coach

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Despite your best intentions even the best laid plans can go awry. You can plan for every eventuality, but being able to deal with the unexpected is what marks you out amongst your peers. In today’s fast-paced and dynamic corporate climate, you need to be able to react quickly to change, whilst also proactively developing your own skills as well as identifying areas that need improvement within your team. More and more Chief Architects are employing the services of an IT Architecture coach to help solve this problem. Just as a top athlete will make use of a coach to improve their...

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