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.”
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.”