Outsourcing your Enterprise architecture practice

So my view is that this is the future we are heading towards. Others may view this completely different.

Let’s start with looking at the roles in architecture, so that you know what I’m referring to when I write the word “architects”. To me architects are commonly known as enterprise architects, business architects, information architects, IT-architects, solutions architects, infrastructure architects, integration architects, software architects and you put any architect role in there but keep it related to the design of an enterprise.

A good definition of what en enterprise architect is supposed to deal with can be found at: http://apps.adcom.uci.edu/EnterpriseArch/EARole.html

So now that we have the role issue behind us we can get into what this post is all about. I wrote a post the other day about the Infosys yearly EA survey and in that post I commented one of the findings with my own thoughts. Not long after the post was published it was commented on with a smirk.  This got me thinking, am I wrong in my assumption, am I to far out with this thought, is there a language issue or is there something else that is implied but not caught. At least it triggered in me a chance to find out more and perhaps learn some new stuff on the way.

I’ve discussed the issue of the architecture profession with Lot’s of people, not just different kinds of architects. All relate back to the fact that the business which gave birth to architecture is immature and architecture is even more immature. In fact the whole business is no more than some 60 years and architecture as a practice is roughly no more than 20 years.

  • Why do I belive the business of architects will change?
  • Why do I think “outsourcing” of any enterprise related architecture practice will become norm?
  • Why do I anticipate a future where enterprise engineers and enterprise architects work with designers to create engaging environments of stunning efficiency?

All three of these questions can be answered by careful study of the material behind the links below.

John Zachman said in an interview “Enterprise Architecture is the set of descriptive representations relevant for describing an Enterprise and that constitutes the baseline for changing the Enterprise once it is created.”

Wikipedia writes “An architect is a licensed individual who leads a design team in the planning and design of buildings and participates in oversight of building construction.”

Witold Rybczynski wrote in slate.com Nov. 14, 2007 “When the American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857, architecture was not yet considered a profession—it was one step up from carpentry and contracting.”

Others who have written about outsourcing the enterprise architecture practice are RealIRM who offer these kinds of services, Yogish Pai who has written an excellent post on the issue.

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2 thoughts on “Outsourcing your Enterprise architecture practice

  1. This is a very narrow view of EA, which is rather software centric. EA does play a vital role in bringing business and IT together without being in either camp. Outsourcing of EA has been done by using the big 4/5 consultancies who help business/IT plan the way forward. EA documenting the information of architecture current and future is barely 20% of its value. It must use this information as a leadership tool within an organisation to lead it. You cannot outsource that!

    1. I did not intend it to come out so software centric, my personal view of EA is verry much in common with the description you give in your comment. However most organisations today use management and leadership consultants to build or at least initiate any change initiative.

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