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Posted by Alex Cullen on April 25, 2013
The InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Awards recognize excellent EA programs — ones that due to their business focus, and strategic yet pragmatic orientation, provide sustained value to their business. I caught up with two of our 2012 winners to find out what they have been doing in the year since their award submission. I was specifically interested in hearing:
The first winner was Sberbank — Russia’s largest bank. Sberbank was recognized for building its EA program from the ground up: after a short 18 months, it had in place business, enterprise application, and integration architectures, and implemented Sberbank’s application and BPM platform architecture.
Sergey Ryabov, head of enterprise architecture and IT innovations, told me this past year has been marked by continuing shifts in the bank’s operating model, supported by a new group-wide strategy and IT strategy.
The biggest change driving EA has been the role of IT in Sberbank radically shifting from “enabler” of innovative business models to “driver” of business innovation. Consequently, EA is now a key element in:
Strategic planning of IT architecture still remains the bank’s main priority. At the current stage of development, the consistent realization and achievement of the strategic objectives at all levels becomes an important task — and consequently, detailed architecture management processes have come to the fore. Sergey called out three lessons:
The other winner I caught up with was Northwestern Mutual. Karl Gouverneur is the head of Northwestern Mutual’s IT strategy and architecture team — an increasingly common combination. Northwestern Mutual received the EA Award for expanding the scope of enterprise architecture to link together business architecture, a service-oriented architecture for specific IT functionality, a deep investment in creating a big data analytics environment and a mobile computing environment. He told me that a major focus during this past year has been providing research, exploration, and thought leadership in several fast-moving areas of the business:
The 2013 InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Award is now open for submissions. As described in my blog post, we are looking for EA programs who have taken on the trends of customer centricity, tech consumerization, digital disruption, and business agility, and who have found a way help their business be successful. Does this describe you? Then tell us your story!
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