Old Friends and New Ideas

One of the benefits of being involved in the enterprise architecture space from the beginning is that you get to know other learned professionals who also have a history in EA and the value they bring to the table. Leonard (Len) Greski is one such individual.

In the latest issue, Len, currently an executive at Travelport and previously director of e-commerce transformation at Hewlett-Packard, delivers in a big way with our lead story, “Assessing the Value of Software Applications with Business Capability Models.”

Next up is a piece from Melanie Nuce, senior vice president of corporate development at GS1 US. In “Trust in Technology: Embracing Digital Transformation Through Open Standards,” Melanie notes how the “most forward-thinking companies piloting new technology have committed to exploring revolutionary uses of data. However, they risk time and resources if the data feeding these experiments is not structured and collected consistently.” She will get no argument from me.

Wrapping up things is Robert Castles’s piece, “How to Empower Your Company to Implement a Successful Digital Transformation Strategy.” Castles, who is the chief vision officer at PMG, begins with the following passage:“Charles Darwin once said, ‘It is not the strongest of species that survives,nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.’ Just ask Home Depot or Walmart.” I had to laugh when I read that because I have been using that Darwin quote to kick off many keynote speeches, etc., since 1999. It’s been the core of my positioning for years. EA’s goal is to position an organization for change, with agility and experimentation as core design points. The message is timeless. A&G

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George S. Paras is editor-in-chief of A&G and an EA mentor at EAdirections. Read his blog at eadirections.com.