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Posted by Brian Hopkins on April 11, 2012
In our Forrsights Business Decision-Makers Survey, Q4 2011, we asked business technology leaders to rate IT’s ability to establish an architecture that can accommodate changes to business strategy. While 45% of IT rated its ability positively, only 30% of business respondents did. Clearly, both think there is room for improvement, but business is more concerned about it.
So are we agile? Only 21% of enterprise architects in our September 2011 Global State Of Enterprise Architecture Online Survey reported being even modestly agile, so I think we all know the answer.
What do we do about it? Continue to focus on technology standardization and cost reduction? Give up on that and focus on tactical business needs? Gridlock in the middle because we can’t make the business case to invest in agility? This is the struggle EA organizations face today.
To act with agility, firms must create a foundation for it, and three barriers can get in the way:
We think each of these offers a unique opportunity for IT to become more agile and to innovative by recognizing why the barriers exists and acting now to begin overcoming them. What do you think? Have you done something that has been effective at addressing one of these barriers? Do other barriers exist? Let’s start a conversation here, then continue it as Khalid Kark and I present a keynote on the topic at the 2012 CIO/EA Forum in Las Vegas on May 3 and 4, and in Paris on June 19 and 20. As part of our presentation, we will provide examples of companies that have made progress against these barriers and give you more of our own recommendations.
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