The theme for this issue of Architecture & Governance Magazine is “The Evolving Nature of the EA Profession.” As a relatively young discipline, enterprise architecture has come a long way. Interest levels continue to be high, as demonstrated by A&G’s readership and the enthusiastic support of our author community.
Enterprise architects sit at a crossroads. Infrastructure technology is moving to outsourcers and into the cloud. For applications, buy before build is the norm. Endpoint technologies, user interface development, and business process automation are moving into the business domain. Where do enterprise architects go from here?
As I envision where enterprise architecture will go in the future, parallel activities in meteorology come to mind: how similar the enterprise architecture role is to meteorology and how predicting the future for our occupation is much like predicting the weather.
If someone tells you they like change, they are lying to themselves and to you. No one likes change. Change is hard. Change requires effort. What if you have been in an organization for many years and suddenly everything that you have known and come to expect at the office is about to be turned upside down? How are you going to react? What are you going to do about it?
What is enterprise architecture and what value does it bring to an organization? The answers to these questions often spark debate. In order for enterprise architecture to evolve into a true profession, like accounting or engineering, broad agreement on the nature and benefits of the profession must be reached.