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Digital Transformation is the latest Buzz Phrase that is doing the rounds. Exactly what is it? As is typical of things in the Hype cycle, nothing much is available in a clear-cut form. Several Management Consulting company white papers and blogs include the usual automation in the fold. Some others are so vague that it is all marketing, marketing and more marketing. Anyway, after a lot of “Googling”, this is my understanding: We are looking at four areas: Digital Customer Experience Digital Media Digital Marketing Digital Content The underlying message seems to be that Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly due to...
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Archimate as an Architecture modeling language has been gaining momentum in the past few years. Being able to represent real life situations as models is a significant part of any Architecture work. What makes it difficult is that the Architecture community which includes Enterprise Architects, Solution Architects and Designers all have their own different ways of modeling. This means each group is talking their own language and collaboration is that much harder. Another drawback is that as Enterprise Assets, they become difficult to integrate. This means the “Trees” and “Forests” don’t align. Thus Architects don’t speak with one voice and lose...
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Cloud computing will turn the IT-value chain upside down. That will lead to dramatic changes in the way hardware and software is being marketed and managed. These changes will be most profound for IT departments and value added resellers (VARs), but computer manufacturers will feel the heat too. To illustrate this point we can take a high level view of where servers are being deployed. In 2012 Intel reported that three big server manufacturers no longer account for 75% of their turnover in server processors (Intel confirms decline of server giants) . The new kids on the block are the cloud...
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The number one concern cited for avoiding cloud computing is security. And there is a reason for that. Cloud providers have demonstrated some spectacular failures in the past, including Amazon’s near total shutdown of an entire region, Dropbox’s authentication snafu, and innumerous cloud providers that go belly-up. However, in the long run, cloud computing is destined to become more secure than in-house IT. I will briefly describe two dynamics in the industry that point in that direction, with substantiating evidence. First, good cloud providers are getting better, as they have more staff available to do security, and bigger economies of scale,...
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A great diagram! You've seen them. You've experienced them. They exemplify the old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Do we give as much thought to what we say and how we say it when we are presenting? What if we applied the same principles to the words we add to our pictures? Great diagrams result in clarity, confidence, peace, and even inspiration! Great speakers can achieve similar results by augmenting their diagrams and pictures with effective words and delivery. Let's explore how we might go about applying some of the same principles that make diagrams great to the...
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This blog is in continuation of my last blog Get Leaner and Address Enterprise Problems - Part 1. One has to remember that “Enterprise Architecture” is not a time bound project or initiative. It’s scientific way of creating, managing and running an enterprise effectively. Of course, a specific enterprise problem could be taken up as a time-bound project. As and when new problems are being addressed, the enterprise primitives can be created, so as the basic composites. Just like a human body, every Enterprise will evolve (change) on a daily basis. At iCMG, we have developed a methodology for addressing enterprise...
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The most important people in the Award competition are the jurors. An independent jury decision making has been key instrument in ensuring the effective implementation of evaluation process. They also helped in idenitifying the new award categories, refine the evaluation process etc.  I am happy to share the jury members for the Awards 2014 competition. In last four years, we have received feedback from the participating organizations. These inputs are integrated into the broad guidelines, consisting of scope as well as extensive coverage of evaluation parameters. As we start the journey  for 2014 edition of competition, we look forward to...
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We are happy to announce the 5th edition of the global awards competition and invite nominations for the same. Over the years, each company has a different motivation to participate in this awards competition. One of the CEO felt that participation in this competition, opens up conversation with a global community of practitioners and prospective customers. Some of the CIOs agrees that it brings more transparency into the internal systems and enhances business opportunity. I was told that in some cases, the management decision to participate has forced the team to address than obfuscate the technical and business issues. David Bu...
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One of the popular myth that is doing the round i.e. “Enterprise Architecture is a discipline aimed at creating models.” Unfortunately, most of the Enterprise Architecture practitioners and several branded consulting organizations are caught in this trap. The situation has worsened as several architects & business process experts are building “composite models” and calling it “architecture” model. This ignorance has serious ramification, as several Enterprises are making considerable investments in this area without significant gain.The situation has worsened as several professionals who are claiming to be Enterprise Architects have come from the IT background and their core skill continue to be...
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One of the most common complaints I hear from my clients is the frustration they feel after putting so much time and effort into creating a wonderful solution for the business only to have their request for funding turned down. Not only is this disheartening to them but it puts a damper on their EA team as well. The question they ask is, "What can't I seem to get good projects funded?" While my clients vary widely in size, geography, and temperment, the answer is surprisingly the same: They have failed to build a compelling business case. And in most cases...
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