The fundamental frustration of Enterprise Architects comes from not having enough clout in the organisation. No one listens to them.
EAs don’t have enough political power. They don’t drive sales or additional revenue. They are not responsible for the business processes. They are not business leaders. They don’t manage people. They don’t manage budgets.
Enterprise Architects have boxed themselves in. They are seen as IT. They talk high level about vision and strategy, principles and models.
They believe their authority comes from their ability to articulate a compelling value proposition for architecture that will transform the business. It doesn’t.
The Future of EA
Change will only come by enterprise architects get more power in the organisation, pinching some of CIOs responsibilities, pinching some of the CFOs responsibilities, showing more value for money.
Adding financial value to the role:
Managing budgets, driving business growth, take part in business planning.
Adding management authority to their role:
Resource management, managing customers, measuring ROI, defining corporate KPI.
Showing business initiatives:
This is where we are going and these are our hurdles. Business roadmap.
Showing business value:
Managing business change, business alignment, infrastructure refresh, security, corporate governance.
EA vendors have a crucial role to play in EA transformation.
The vendors provide great EA tools for modeling, frameworks and standards, but do not empower the enterprise architect, don’t make EAs more important in the organisation.
EA vendors needs to be the EAs champion. Making architects indispensable in the organisation.
Empowering architects: enabling them to create business growth, to generate revenue.
Making the architect role more innovative: Enabling them to discover new opportunities, speed up business cycles.
Empowering the architect’s authority in the organisation will increase the tool’s value for the organisation fourfold.
The future of EA tools is not in adding more modeling functionality. The future is in increasing EA’s authority in the organisation.