Woody: Will somebody please explain what’s going on?
Buzz Lightyear: It’s all right, Space Ranger. It’s a code 546.
Woody: What’s a code 546?
Buzz: The organisation is in danger.
Only the Enterprise Architect can save it!
Woody: What are you talking about!?
Buzz: Right now, poised at the edge of the galaxy, Emperor Zurg has been secretly building a weapon with the destructive capacity to annihilate an entire planet!
He will do this by destroying the alignment of IT strategy and planning with company’s business goals, thus destroying the organisation’s strategy, processes, information, and information technology assets
Rex the Green Dinosaur: AHHH! Should we be hysterical?
Buzz: Hold on, this is no time to be hysterical!
Hamm the Piggy Bank: I think this is the perfect time to be hysterical.
Woody: WAIT!! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!?
SINCE WHEN IS AN ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT AN ACTION HERO !!??
Buzz: I am Buzz Lightyear; I am the Enterprise Architect. The fate of the organisation rests upon my shoulders.
Rex: [shaking Buzz’s hand] Oh, I’m so glad you’re not a dinosaur!
Buzz: We are the organisation’s heroes, saving the company from destruction.
Woody: AN ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT IS NO HERO!!! He is not even seen as an important figure in the organisation.
Buzz: Don’t talk to me about importance! The future of this entire universe is in jeopardy!
Woody: [pauses and looks incredulous] YOU! ARE! A! TOYYYYY! A nice to have. You have no clout in the organisation.
[holds hand up]
Woody: You don’t drive sales or additional revenue. You are not a leader or manage people. You are not responsible for the business processes, or any real system. You are just an IT admin!
Rex the Green Dinosaur: But he knows how to articulate a compelling value proposition for architecture in general.
Woody: But this doesn’t give the organisation any value because no one listens to his proposals!
Buzz: All this is going to change. I am Buzz Lightyear; I am the new generation of Enterprise Architects. No longer IT oriented. I’m business oriented. I come in peace.
Woody: How are you going to make a difference?
Buzz: I will create business growth instead of trying to find ways to save money. I will generate revenue. I will speed up business cycles. I will make myself indispensable to the organisation.
Woody: This isn’t going to work.
Buzz: The role of EA is going to change. EA is going to change.
I am Buzz Lightyear; I am the new generation of Enterprise Architects.
To infinity and beyond!