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Amlendu Kumar

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    Problem Definition I had a chance to review Data Architecture of a small ERP (I’m citing an example of sales module where address and invoice tables de-normalized to accommodate some of address attribute in the Invoice table) in a firm which has small database (in terms of table only having 50 tables and few stored procedures as well because of bad coding practicef) but I found that those are quite messy. They were using structured data architecture and implemented database in RDBMS server so, in that case, the implemented database structures should have been in, and at least, the 3rd Normal...
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Yeu Wen Mak

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Peter HJ van Eijk

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    If you are a cloud provider, whether you are pure play or an internal IT department, it is very interesting to know who is buying cloud services, and why. In a recent survey by PB7 sponsored by EuroCloud Netherlands and others, a group of Dutch companies was interviewed about their motivations and hesitations around cloud computing. The survey's results were quite a bit more interesting than the usual lot. In this article I have cherry picked a few observations from the larger survey. The majority of companies are using cloud computing these days, and this includes government organizations by the way....
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    Cloud Computing is no longer an option, but a reality in the IT landscape of almost all organizations. At the same time cloud computing has a lot of variants and choices. These choices are relevant for the IT strategy, and in some cases even the company strategy. This article outlines in a step by step way the most important questions that you can ask to come to the right cloud strategy. The first question is: what to expect of cloud computing? Which business improvements do you aim for? Cost advantage? Agility? Mobility? Innovation? If you don’t have a clear idea on...
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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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Jef Bergsma

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Murali Dharan

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    I was reading an interesting HBR Article recently that talked about Business Strategists learning from Architects: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/11/what-strategists-can-learn-from-architecture/ The Architects they refer in the article are not the EA-IT kind, but the Building (eg. House) kind, but that similarity could easily be extended to Enterprise Architects as well. The idea is that Business Strategists can follow the Architect’s design steps, from a creative high level with principles, vision and so on, to the detailed implementation levels via a series of iterative steps or levels of increasing complexity. Thus strategy is not just some high CXO level thinking or a document, but is...
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    Enterprise Architects do possess higher order skills. Along with proven tools, techniques, frameworks and models, we engage in useful craft of architecting and designing IT solutions, that transform businesses. Along the way, we develop the technical and strategic insights to understand business needs and drivers. We see stakeholders’ viewpoints and requirements. Thus, armed with expertise, we drive the EA process vigorously in our enterprise, yet, often, Enterprise Architect has not many friends and could be the ‘lone-ranger’ in a forest of wolves. EAs need to go beyond expertise to engagements, from technical to social intelligence! Enterprise is a social ecosystem and...
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    Ever wondered why CEOs and Business Heads often struggle to articulate a clear strategy and future plans for their business that they purportedly know so well? Why are their forecasts and predictions so conditional that many of them set themselves up for failure? As IT Specialists and Architects, how much do we understand our clients (CXOs) and their uncertain landscapes? Have we ever crossed this ‘chasm’ so we know our own ‘Enterprise’, before we ‘Architect’ them? Business strategies are, by their very nature, future based, thus business plans are built on some future assumptions on markets, customers, people, capabilities etc. A...
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    For creating and sustaining a successful growth, companies often need to transform themselves using a disruptive innovation that challenges their status quo. In his international bestseller The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen exposed this crushing paradox behind the failure of many industry leaders, who by placing too much focus on pleasing their most profitable customers, actually paved the way for their own demise by ignoring the disruptive technologies that aggressively evolved to displace them. Innovation and Change are major issues for any CEO, especially those that manage large corporations, who need to fight the status quo (their own success), given the...
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