Architecture provides a crucial link between business and technology capabilities, but it also helps bridge the gap between business and technology organizations. In my experience, everyone seems to agree that the two groups need to work more closely together; at least I don't hear the suggestion that business owners should throw requirements over the wall and come back six months later for acceptance testing. However, this is not too far from what happens in practice, and the results are felt in many organizations regardless of function, industry, or maturity: IT effectiveness is hampered, business stakeholders are frustrated, and the gulf between business and IT grows until it seems that never the twain shall meet.
The single most important way to address this issue is for IT managers and architects to act as executive leaders of the enterprise and not merely as technical mechanics. However, IT does not bear all of the blame for architecture and solutions that miss their mark. Business leadership is a critical part of the process, and one of the most important things that business leaders can do is to set an expectation of and hold their IT counterparts accountable for executive enterprise leadership.Read post
Posted In: Program Assurance, Capability Architecture
Tags: Business Engagement of IT, Technology Leadership, Stakeholder Engagement, Architecture