Today most companies do not do a good job of managing multiple service provider engagements. This can be troublesome as service providers have become more adept at providing multiple IT and BPO services to companies, which often include vendor-type relationships for hardware and software sales as well.
Software projects rarely come in both on time and on budget, leading to dissatisfied end users. It’s much easier to satisfy one of these conditions by working according to your original plan or adapting to the changing needs of your users. Satisfying both requires a certain amount of prescience.
Two techniques, future scenarios and critical success factors (CSF), can augment strategic planning efforts by more deeply illuminating an organization’s present situation and potential future. Future scenarios are used to explore potential futures and generate robust strategies along with early warning signs that help clarify how the future is unfolding.
It’s official: EA has graduated. The emergence of the first North American EA university degree program is a sure sign of a maturing discipline. Similar to international programs in The Netherlands and Australia, Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, has recently begun a well-funded initiative to create undergraduate and master’s EA degree programs.
Many enterprise architecture (EA) groups struggle with affecting change in the ongoing activities and existing project portfolio that demonstrably moves the enterprise toward the future state business strategy. One of the reasons is a lack of understanding of business strategy, process, information, and operations from the perspective of business executives.