Archives for March 2011
As you all know, I believe in the value of enterprise architecture, and even more strongly, I recognize the unique talents and contributions of real-world (‘street-smart’) enterprise architects.
At the same time, I’m increasingly concerned about the macro-direction of our field, as we continue to suffer ivory tower enterprise architecture punditry, rigid frameworks and endless philosophical waxing.
A couple of weeks ago, I attempted to inject a little action / purpose / outcome orientation in the enterprise architecture conversation with the following tweet:
“Today’s word for Enterprise Architects: Utilitarian [u-til-i-tar-i-an]: designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive. #entarch“
Well, as you might expect, I got
nit-picked parsed. That architecture by definition is attractive. [Aargh!] My intended point was “useful or practical”. Not easily defeated, I restated as follows:
“better stated, i think every #entarch needs to have a utilitarian perspective”
If you can’t answer “what is the purpose?”, that is an early warning indicator of folly, or worse. This “utilitarian” aspect is something I find myself circling back to more and more, especially in my work on business architecture.
Anyway, on Friday, after witnessing yet another definitional discussion on enterprise architecture, I tried to inject the utilitarian perspective again with the following on twitter:
“Ok, last time: It’s not what enterprise architecture IS that matters. It’s what enterprise architecture DOES that matters. #entarch“
So remember, next time someone tries to drag you down a “what & how” conversation on enterprise architecture, steer them to “why & outcomes“. It’ll be more productive, in the moment, and for your long-term practice.
Less blogging, more talking today at Cloud Connect. I did capture the morning keynotes here.
During the keynote, I was so busy listening to Neal Sample of eBay that I stopped typing. However, the good folks at bitcurrent caught the high points.
In the afternoon, I took meetings with GigaSpaces, ScaleBase and Translattice.
GigaSpaces has a compelling new enterprise PaaS enablement offering. For enterprises concerned with lock-in on public PaaS, this could provide an answer. There is choice in the development model (C++, Java, .Net) and the cloud platform (private, a variety of public flavors: Amazon, Rackspace, etc.)
ScaleBase is in beta with its first product, a database load balancer. Definitely a real problem to be solved. ScaleBase participated in the Cloud Connect Launch Pad.
Translattice is also in beta with its first product, which is a grid/mesh solution for resiliency. This one was harder for me to envision. But, the underlying technology is interesting.
Later in the day, I attended a Hybrid Cloud Panel. Everyone agreed that a hybrid adoption model will be the norm, however what comprises that model is up for debate. It was suggested that the Hybrid model is really “the pragmatic cloud”. I can live with that.
A point of contention in the panel was whether organizations, mostly enterprises, should “move” legacy to the cloud as-is. In other words, should you follow Dave Linthicum’s “no crap in the cloud” rule. No surprise, the companies that enable cloud switching say crap in the cloud is fine, if it still saves you money. Most others, me included, say no.
Oh, almost time to board. Gotta go.
I’ve been blogging at Cloud Connect in Santa Clara today. My posts are at elemental cloud computing:
- @ Cloud Connect 2011: Colin Clark introduces Cloud Event Processing
- @ Cloud Connect: Design Patterns in the Cloud: A Love Story
- @ Cloud Connect: Cloudonomics – Private, Public or Hybrid?
- @ Cloud Connect: Opening Keynotes