Why does it seem so hard to measure the value of EA?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 |

There's been a lot said and written about the elusive value of Enterprise Architecture (EA). It's actually not as hard as we all make it. The value of EA, both tangible and intangible, can be measured in hard currency (of your choice). However, as an enabling function, that value is directly related to what the stakeholders perceive it to be. As far as translating EA metrics into currency, that process is unique to each organization due to cultural evolution and corporate goals and objectives. After all, if they were all the same, where could one derive competitive advantage? The value of EA, imho, is in strengthening organization's competitive advantage position - whether by enabling business units in reducing cost, increasing productivity, avoiding future costs, or enabling top line growth.

It is that uniqueness that makes EA so challenging for people used to patterns translatable from one organization to another - that is by definition, good architects. Not that these patterns don't exist - they absolutely exist, which makes it so tempting for an architect to generalize. The application of these patterns, however, is completely dependent on recognition of organizational behavior impact on architecture. Judging from the various trade publications and analyst predictions, the EA group is not usually successful in that application, which is why there is so much grousing about value of having such highly compensated resources around.

MITSloan CIO Symposium - Networked Organization Panel

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 |

Moderator: Dr. Irving Wladasky-Berger


John Stone, CrossTech Partners
Lorie Buckingham, CIO Avaya
Simon Crosby, CTO, Virtualization Citrix
Bilal Husain, Director of eServices, Saudi Government

MITSloan Symposium CIO Keynote Panel


Moderator - Prof. Brynjolfsson

Bob Greenberg - General Manager IT Optimization IBM
Steve Schuckenbrock - Dell, Large Business
RADM Elizabeth Hight - Rear Admiral, Vice Director, Defense Information Systems
Jo Hoppe - CIO, Parexel

MITSloan CIO Symposium Panel 2


Academic Keynote - the Future of IT

Moderator: Mr Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO Magazine

Dr. Jeanne Ross (EA as Strategy, new book on IT Savvy coming)
Dr. Thomas Malone (predicted e-Commerce and sourcing in 1987)
Professor Erik Brynjolfsson

Questions and answers in comments.

MITSloan CIO Symposium - Panel 1


8:45 - CEO Keynote Panel

Moderator David Roush, Xconomy

Joe Alsop, former CEO and cofounder of Progress Software
Bob Brennan, CEO of Iron Mountain
Jim Champy, Chairman of Consulting for Perot Systems
Alan Treffler, CEO of Pegasystems

Live Blogging from MITSloan CIO Symposium


8:40 - Dr. David Schmittlein

Interesting survey - most people here have been to MIT before - bubble paradigm in effect?

Live blogging from the 6th annual event. Over 700 attendees, interesting, but not surprising that their event is growing while others are shrinking.

Follow up on Metrics posts

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 |

Shiver me timbers!

Meaningful metrics needed to prove value of SOA

Even Gartner is getting into the incomplete metrics discussion now. Somewhat late, considering my analysis was partially based on THEIR studies, but glad to see they listened during our conversations last December :)


Agility is Sensible

Friday, May 15, 2009 |

We're live, and we're nationwide!

Here are links to several articles that I've been interviewed for:

How BPM and SOA work together for business process improvement


Successful SOA means a long process made of small projects


Update on travel calendar -

5/18, speaking on a panel at ACORD/LOMA on SOA and the Insurance Industry
5/20, attending the MIT/CIO Summit in Boston
6/20, speaking at the CAEAP Summit in Dallas on the challenge of managing architects
9/16, speaking at the SOA-Consortium Meeting in San Antonio

More to come, will post when available!