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How Strategy and Architecture can Make a Real Business Difference Webinar By EITAGlobal

3/19/2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

So what are the common issues I have come across during my career various assignments? They include:

The CIO and his or her management team are not clear what value the (expensive) S&A function brings to the table.

IT are seen by the business as 'behind the game' in providing the ability to support important business initiatives and goals. "We'd better seek outside help"!

Many of the IT issues perceived as architectural are not being tackled. Things are not improving.

Accountabilities for architecture and design are not clear or not properly understood. This often leads to… a of level friction between the S&A function and the change or development teams. The confusion is usually around the definitions and roles of architecture and design.

Lack of clarity as to who are the architecture and design decision makers.

S&A functions are seen as over-paid ivory tower idealists (often with good cause!).

Nothing is being done about infrastructure complexity and the spiraling cost of ownership.

Pure infrastructure projects are always the first to be dropped from the project portfolio. Not seen as important by the business.

Architecture roadmaps and their rationale are not properly and consistently communicated.

No single IT shop will exhibit all of these issues (although believe me some come close!) but most I have come into contact with suffer from 4 or 5 of them. This Webinar will show the way to resolving them by discussing the fundamentals of S&A in plain jargon-less English. It is about what an S&A's function is and how to go about it. It is not about specific technologies.

Areas Covered in the Session:

Introduction and background

Some horror stories

An overview

S&A accountability

S&A organization

Setting the right S&A

Translating S&A into pragmatic solutions architecture, designs and implementations

S&A governance & compliance

Why business ownership is so important

Communication, communication, communication!

Measuring S&A success!

Who Will Benefit:

CTO & reports

VP or Heads of Architecture functions and reports

IT Senior Architects

Head Of/VP Change or Development

Head Of/VP Production or Run Services


Speaker Profile:

Bob has been in the world of IT, Architecture & Strategy for over 40 years. He has worked in a variety of industries including Financial Services, Aero Engineering, Local Government, and the Civil Service. Since 2010, Bob has worked as an independent Consultant CTO and Enterprise Architect. His goal is to help companies deal with CTO/CIO related issues and quickly transition their IT and Strategy & Architecture activities and deliverables into an essential part of the organization that make a real difference to corporate success. Before he became an independent consultant he was CTO and Head Of Strategies & Architecture at Resolution/Friends Provident, where he justified establishing a corporate Enterprise Architecture (EA) function going on to make it fully effective for all lines of business. This included setting and agreeing the IT and outsourcing strategic roadmap for the company.

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