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You Know You've Reached Level 3 When…

  Back in mid-December, I posted "You Know You've Reached Level 3 When..."   As the BSG Alliance multi-company research project that has been examining Reaching Level 3 Business-IT Maturity shifts gears from its research to its reporting phase, I want to revisit that headline.  Here are some 'one-liners' that are being discussed in today's WebEx [...]

Did You Accidently Outsource Your Enterprise Architecture?

I've referenced Enterprise Architecture several times in this blog, and see it (or lack thereof!) as a common "sticking point" (see, for Example, Enterprise Architecture and Level 2 Sticking Point) as it's one of those things that does not naturally "grow" out of less mature practices (IT Architecture, for example) but takes a different twist [...]

From 'Supply Constrained' to 'Value Constrained' Business-IT Model

One of the difficult paradigm shifts that tends to trap IT organizations in Level 2 Business-IT Maturity is the notion that business demand must be constrained by IT supply.  Demand always exceeds supply for IT capacity, so the idea (part of the Level 1 experience) is to set a limit on IT supply, then figure [...]

Enterprise Architecture, SOA and Service Management

I think the dependencies between EA and SOA are just now really being understood.  I've recently been involved in a multi-company research project on the Business Implications of SOA.   Based upon that research, and what I see in the IT shops I get to work with over the years, I believe a strong EA capability and [...]

Enterprise Architecture and Level 2 Sticking Point

One of the manifestations of the mid-Level 2 sticking point referred to in an earlier post is around Enterprise Architecture (EA).  At the risk of over simplifying, way back, most IT shops had some kind of Technology Architecture (TA) capability - usually focused on selecting and enforcing standards, providing an overall schema and logic for physical [...]