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Who Holds the Key to the City: Big Data and City Management - CloudTweaks.com

Who Holds the Key to the City: Big Data and City Management - CloudTweaks.com | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Big Data - Cities like New York, Madrid, and especially Rio de Janeiro are augmented with Big Data-powered
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City management and Big Data has a lot in common. Add some Internet of Things and Analytic tools and then you have a interesting combination of  huge possibilities. How does your city make use of all technology evolution that happens right now? Are your city ready for the digital transformation that goes on around us?  The first thing needed are some kind of digital leadership. A combination of understanding current technology constrains together with the capabilities to transform new technology into business opportunity. You need to be able to identify the real value for your business/organization with using new things and at least you need to inspire and transform your knowledge to your organization.

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Digital Transformation and the Race Against Digital Darwinism - Brian Solis

Digital Transformation and the Race Against Digital Darwinism - Brian Solis | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
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Are your CEO and CIO ready for a whole new requirement regarding how to collaborate? In the Digital World, its not enough to support business with IT. You have to use IT to create your digital business!

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The Key to Building a Culture of Innovation

The Key to Building a Culture of Innovation | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Innovation is clearly a hot topic with many leaders today. It’s often seen as the major driver of a company’s success. Yet how exactly do you fo
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Are you interested of what your peers have to say or do you think that it is you as the leader that have to perform on the stage? Innovation comes from creating the space and arenas for people to perform. You can't decide being innovative but you could give your team the tools and trust and be able to listen.

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Is culture more important than strategy

Is culture more important than strategy | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Without culture, everything else cannot work. Strategy is important but it must be accompanied by a strong culture - Torben Rick

Via Jonas Schlyter
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I think if you have a strong culture but lack strategy you will manage quite good anyway because you could always be guided by your culture. For example, many companies has defined different values in the form of keywords like Honesty or Humble, Trust or  Proactive. This writings will help you to make decisions when you stand in a crossroad and want to know if you should select left or right. If you have a strong culture you will know the meaning of your values and are able to translate that to good decisions. The knowledge about values will guide you. If you lack culture but have an strategy I think you will have problem to make the right decisions in many situation and instead turn into short-term managing.

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Companies should be performance driven and values led. My experience is that companies often are BOTH performance driven and performance led.The consequence will be a short term focus in everything the company do, and a confused or frustrated organization which lose faith in management.

 

Do organizations need to seperate the vegetables from the meat? Of course not. Should culture and strategy be interdependent? Of course not. Should strategy and culture only be nice documents and guidlines not beeing used in the daily operations? Of course not!!!  Anyway, the culture might be more important than strategy, but if they work together great achievements can be created. 

 

Leaders must have the insight and capabilities  to identify a cultural vision for the company, live and breathe it themselves, and then help to steer the rest of the company in the right direction based on a clear strategy. Otherwise, the company will, sooner or later, lose key competence and fall behind its competitors.

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Innovation: Don't Be a Carpenter, Be an Architect

Innovation: Don't Be a Carpenter, Be an Architect | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
What can renovation teach us about innovation?
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Stop asking the client what do they want! Ask them instead what they want to achieve and what kind of needs they have. It´s often a bad idea to build something that was wrong from the beginning just because you failed to ask the right questions and listen to the answers. The Architects role is often to figure out what the client really needs for being able to hand over the right blueprint to the developers.  You have to be successful in your interactions with your client and really use both your ears before your use your analytical skills. 

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Who Will Design Our Smart Cities? (Hint: Not Architects) - ArchDaily

Who Will Design Our Smart Cities? (Hint: Not Architects) - ArchDaily | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Who Will Design Our Smart Cities? (Hint: Not Architects) ArchDaily I define it as the marrying of the city, in both its urban and suburban forms, to the telecommunications revolution signified by the silicon chip, the Internet, the fiber-optic line,...
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Technical stuff is just tools. You have to identify the real problems to solve or the real needs to satify first. But understanding. what happens now withinn the extremly rapid development will help.  

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What does an Enterprise Architecture Function do, and ... - EA Voices

What does an Enterprise Architecture Function do, and ... - EA Voices | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
The Strategic Slice. Enterprise Architecture is hopefully mostly or at least partly concerned with strategy.
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Good to have operational model.

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The Enterprise Architecture Paradox

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (The Enterprise Architecture Paradox: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, my latest blog for @CIOonline #Entarch #CIO http://t.co/qUajRUX2IV)...
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How hard could it be being an Enterprise Architect?  Hmm maybe  an alternative role could be working as an diviner using some magic tool. How many architects  suffer from some self-tormentor behavior?

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Big data, the Internet of Things and the CIO - I-CIO

Big data, the Internet of Things and the CIO - I-CIO | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
IT leaders will need to up their game if their organizations are to take full advantage of the IT megatrends that will define this decade.
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How could your company benefit from connected devices and new insights coming from Big Data?

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Business SOA: Why your IT strategy failed or why the business hates IT

Business SOA: Why your IT strategy failed or why the business hates IT | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
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Culture wins ofter strategy. True. We dont have an IT strategy for making IT better, we have it for making business better.  Make sure that your IT strategy is traceable from the business. The IT department could not make the strategy by themselves. Its a cooperation with the business and with the goal to support and make things possible for the business. in other word, make more revenue, better service to your clients, reduce cost or make better decisions because of more insight.

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Culture wins over strategy. True. We dont have an IT strategy for making IT better, we have it for making business better.  Make sure that your IT strategy is traceable from the business. The IT department could not make the strategy by themselves. Its a cooperation with the business and with the goal to support and make things possible for the business. in other word, make more revenue, better service to your clients, reduce cost or make better decisions because of more insight.

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Are Legacy Systems Keeping You Prisoner? - InformationWeek

Are Legacy Systems Keeping You Prisoner? - InformationWeek | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Does your organization depend on a decades-old IT infrastructure? Here are some strategies for breaking out of outdated systems that are too risky to leave in place. (Are Legacy Systems Keeping You Prisoner?
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Manage the lifecycle of your application landscape is challenging.  Don´t forget to think about the legacy of the people in the same time. You need to adress the competence lifecycle at the same time when you think about your legacy. When will your key competence for your legacy retire? Do you have any replacement?  Have you thought about your younger generation of people that you hope should accept to learn your old legacy? Do they share the same values as your former key resources? Maybe they think about doing something new after some years? If so, who should then run the legacy?

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How leadership teams can overcome big enterprise architecture (EA) challenges:

How leadership teams can overcome big enterprise architecture (EA) challenges: | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
“The challenges facing enterprise architecture (EA) today relate to the growing demands of the evolving enterprise. A changing culture has as much an impact on EA as does how an organization strateg...”
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"Strategy Without Execution Is Hallucination!" - Forbes

"Strategy Without Execution Is Hallucination!" - Forbes | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
"Strategy Without Execution Is Hallucination!"
Forbes
95% of most MBA programs' strategy classes focus on the process of developing strategy and largely ignore execution.
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as said before... Change management and experience from dealing with change of business, change of technology and change of people   together as one part that have to fit together and walk hand in hand are crucial for successfull implementation of strategies. 

 

Business, Technology and People hand in hand in a simple sentence. 

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CIOs must argue for smarter, more strategic technology investments - ZDNet

CIOs must argue for smarter, more strategic technology investments - ZDNet | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
As the budget for traditional IT infrastructure shrinks, decision makers will increasingly reallocate their funds in 2015 and beyond into cloud, mobility, and big data where they are seeing areas of growth.
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Business getting more mature and more proactively involved in IT decisions, or maybe you could say IT is more involved in the business decisions. More investments are driven by new technology and their impact on future business models. Thats good.

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A strategy for strategy: Figuring out how to figure out what IT should do next

A strategy for strategy: Figuring out how to figure out  what IT should do next | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Though nearly all modern enterprises are well managed, a sadly large proportion lack a real IT strategy. That equates to going nowhere with great efficiency.
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There is a lot of hidden potential regarding what role your CIO and IT department could take about how to create value for the business. The last year we have seen remarkable development of key technology and solutions that really change the game plan for your business. Big data and analytics, Mobile solutions, eCRM and eSCM, Internet of things, User Interactions and Social media. We are all living in a rapidly changing world where we as users have drastically changed our behavior and mindsets regarding how to embrace technology and share information. We are online everywhere and always, we order things from China in the same way as we earlier did with the familiar local e-stores and we use social media for education and competence development.

With all this knowledge and experiences from using technology in your private life it is a waste not using this for reshape and rethink your business. Too many IS/IT strategies are still focusing on supporting internal operations instead of thinking about being the catalyst for embrace new technologies for creating new business for the future. In many cases companies lack arenas where long term business development meet technology evaluation.

I think that the CIO together with their business has to adress this white spot, imagine all new scenarios for digital business and create an environment where they encourage future business development as a teamwork between business and IT roles. To make this happen, the CIO must show leadership and insight helping their organizations change their mindset to what’s possible when combining Business and Technology to go digital.

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Mobile isn’t working remotely, it’s a mindset!

Mobile isn’t working remotely, it’s a mindset! | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
I spend a lot of time talking about devices and apps. Not necessarily because I want to be talking about them, but that’s what people think mobility is about. They want to get into conversations about Android or iOS (they […]
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9 warning signs of bad IT architecture

9 warning signs of bad IT architecture | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
From kludges to manual re-keying to redundant apps, these are the telltale indicators of an IT environment gone amok
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Do you see the signs? Time to reshape your architecture capability'? Time to manage your application lifecycle? If you see the warning signs then it may be time to have a chat with me and my colleagues at Capgemini. It may be time to do a health check before it´s to expensive to cure.

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast - TechCrunch

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast - TechCrunch | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast TechCrunch As we talk about in our classes (and credit to Peter Drucker who had the original quote which we have modified), “culture eats strategy for breakfast, technology for lunch, and products for dinner, and...
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Not invented here or we are not doin like that here! Words that sounds familiar. Corporate culture is either the biggest threat for change or one of the key attribute for success.  Too many companies does not deal with the culture trap in time. To often they perform a reorganization of the company and after a while a new or modified strategy. They discover soon that the expected result will not happen this time either and start to think about another reorganization and some new strategies. Invest in people leadership, rethink your attitudes and identify what kind of behaviours that are ok and  will support your reasons for beeing, iow your vision and mission. 

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Enterprise Architecture as Story - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Enterprise Architecture as Story - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
A blog focused on enterprise architecture, business architecture, business strategy, and strategic alignment from an experienced enterprise architect at Microsoft
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Do you have a good story to tell? H2 Make change happen and people to follow.  Make sure you could share a story or two for your audience so that they understand and get involved. 

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Lars Axell's curator insight, February 18, 2014 8:52 AM

Do you have a good story to tell? H2 Make change happen and people to follow.  Make sure you could share a story or two for your audience so that they understand and get involved. 

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Enterprise Architecture: The Godfather of Buzzwords (and Why it Still Matters)

Enterprise Architecture: The Godfather of Buzzwords (and Why it Still Matters) | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Buzzwords. Trends. You know them. You've seen them. You've heard them. Topic: Information Management.
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Do you like fluff and buzz? or do you like to think as an enterprise architect?. 

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Innovative vehicle-to-vehicle communications

Innovative vehicle-to-vehicle communications | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Last September, several major car and automotive systems manufacturers, including Daimler, Nissan, and Tesla, announced plans to commercially introduce autonomous self-driving cars by 2020.
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Up for a chat? My car want to talk with your car! Maybe the next thing after Facebook could be Carbook?

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Enterprise Architecture Anti Patterns: Lack of Focus on Communications | Steve Nimmons

Enterprise Architecture Anti Patterns: Lack of Focus on Communications | Steve Nimmons | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
Enterprise Architecture Anti Patterns: Lack of Focus on Communications.
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If noone understand or even know about "Your" Enterprise architecture deliverable, whats the point? EA is ment to be one of the guidelines to reach Your organizations goals. Its a tool for visualization and communication with your company's key resources for finding the best way to accomplish decided long term goals. its a collaborative tool used differently depending on who the stakeholder is and what kind of insights you need.  Please, pay attention of the importance to communicate and share opinons if you want your EA to be an important tool for your company's future success.  Use an A0 poster and put your pictures on the walls where people pass by and get ready for dialogue. 

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Enterprise Architecture as Story - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Enterprise Architecture as Story - Inside Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
A blog focused on enterprise architecture, business architecture, business strategy, and strategic alignment from an experienced enterprise architect at Microsoft (Enterprise Architecture as Story http://t.co/YDZmtpy6Qq...
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Storytelling + Enterprise Architecture = Seems to be a good relation. If you look at Enterprise Architecture you soon will find out that everything is about making changes. You have a TO BE target landscape and you have your current state describing where you are today. That is the easy part. The real challenge is to deal with the transformation roadmap and perform the expected change in many dimensions and timeframes. 

 

One of the key elements in Enterprise Architecture is the communication part. The activities to create understanding, to visualize what you want to achieve and to get your people to move towards the decided goal. Often your roadmap covers 2-5 years of your future. It´s´easy to forget why we need to change and evolve our  application landscape for example. 

 

Using story telling as one part of the communication tools seems logical. As you know, It is much easier to remember a good story that glue all important things together than fragmented descriptions and documents that explains the enterprise architecture.

 

We now that change will happen to you, maybe not everyday but all the time forever so you may consider thinking about the good story behind your enterprise archicture work,

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Lean & Enterprise Architecture: The seven deadly wastes of Enterprise Architects

Lean & Enterprise Architecture: The seven deadly wastes of Enterprise Architects | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it
How can Lean and enterprise architecture reinforce each other?
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Strongly agree that it is a very good idea to implement some lean thinking into different enterprise architecture initiatives.  The examples in the article are good. I hope that you dont´recognize yourself as one of the deadly wastes when you working with architecture?, if you do, then it´s time to use some lean thinking and identify those things that have clear business value.

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The do-or-die questions boards should ask about technology | McKinsey & Company

The do-or-die questions boards should ask about technology | McKinsey & Company | Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance | Scoop.it

Board members should raise nine critical questions when discussing technology strategy with IT and business managers.


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9 critical questions that technologists should be prepared to answer when the Board asks.