Author: johngotze

End-of-year reflections

Yet another year has passed. It’s been a good year for enterprise architecture as a profession and a discipline. There are lots of jobs for professionals and lots of work for them to do in the enterprises, and the discipline is maturing and taking its stronghold as the preferred leadership approach to digital transformation. One…
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Cloudy Days Ahead? 

Some ten years ago, Jeanne Ross, the now-retired MIT researcher and co-author of several seminal EA-books, coined the acronym SMACIT to describe the key technologies of digital businesses: social, mobile, analytics, cloud, and Internet of Things. Adding AI to the mix, those technologies are still today key to digital business strategies and practices in most…
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Chris Mowles, Complexity: A Key Idea for Business and Society

Book of the Month – Complexity: A Key Idea for Business and Society by Chris Mowles

The Book of the Month is Professor Chris Mowles’ book Complexity: A Key Idea for Business and Society. Chris runs the Doctor of Management (DMan) programme at the University of Hertfordshire in England and was the supervisor of Mikkel Brahm when he did his DMan a while ago. Mikkel is a guest speaker on our…
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EA conference

Humans at the centre of it all

The past month has been a month of conferences. First, Ksenija and I went to the iconic IRMUK Enterprise Architecture and Business Process Management Conference in London. It must be the 14th or so time I have been at that annual conference, which I have the honour of being a member of the Advisory Board…
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enterprise awkwardness

Enterprise Awkwardness 

Sometimes seemingly easy and simple things turn out to be anything but easy and simple. They become a huge mess, to borrow from the title of our book of the month. Let me give an example.  Over the summer, Ksenija and I decided that we need new laptops. So, on the 11th of August, I…
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Enterprise Architects Must Master Both Core and Explore

As enterprise architects, we are always facing a two-logics situation. On one hand, we want to and need to understand, and as best we can, manage, the core of our enterprise. As our friend John Zachman famously said: “Someday, you’re going to wish you had all those models, enterprise-wide, horizontally and vertically integrated, at an…
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Enterprise Architects Need to Understand Business Architecture

When I talk to aspiring as well as seasoned enterprise architects it often strikes me how little focus they have on understanding the business they work in and with. Recently, I met an architect in a large government agency who explained that his enterprise might as well produce canned tomatoes – the architecting he did…
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Book of the Month – Business Architecture by Roger Burlton

Roger Burlton’s new book ‘Business Architecture: Collecting, Connecting and Correcting the Dots’ is a landmark publication in the BPM and business architecture field. Burlton presents ways to design a business so that it can get better at continuous enterprise level change. Today, organizations must never stop adapting to outside influences and see themselves outside-in rather…
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Fremtidens it-ledere

Rollerne i toppen af it-organistionen har forandret sig markant i de seneste ti år. John Gøtze ser muligheder for at udvikle rollen som CIO og CTO til en bred vifte af funktioner, hvis it-organisationen skal møde fremtidens behov for endnu større forretningsforståelse. CTO, Chief Technology Officer, er en cheftitel som bruges i mange forskellige sammenhænge. Jeg…
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Bedre offentlig IT

Mange steder i det offentlige system er man faktisk godt klar over, at anvendelsen af IT kunne være mere hensigtsmæssig, og i den seneste tid har hele 3 rapporter om digitalisering set dagens lys, alle initieret af det offentlige Danmark: Finansministeriets IT udredning om statslige it-projekter OECD rapporten: Denmark – efficient e-government for smarter public…
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