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Business-Driven Architect

Brenda Michelson

Business-Driven Architect Community Projects?

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In response to my building a business-driven architect blogroll post, James asked:

"So, what is the first question that we should collectively tackle?"

I was thrilled to see this. As I've stated previously, an open exchange of information and ideas will strengthen all of our work, and in some (lofty) perfect world, the practice of architecture in the enterprise.

That said. I'd like to offer to serve as host/facilitator of community discussions/projects to tackle business-driven architecture related questions. To start, all we need is a question of interest to the community, a blog post, and the use of comments and trackbacks to keep the discussion alive.

As our discussion gels into ideas/practices/whatever that we decide to share more formally, I'd be happy to play the role of editor, and release a business-driven architect community artifact/document under a creative commons license. I'm thinking creative commons attribution-sharealike - but welcome other ideas. As for distribution, I imagine a community friendly site such as ebizQ would publish our work. In some cases, a donation to the forthcoming SOA Alliance might be appropriate. More on that as I learn about it.

Because we are architects, and plan forward, if we outgrow the blog based approach, we can look into a Wiki or other collaboration methods. However, because we are 'business-driven architects', I think starting as simply as possible, is best.

If you are interested, let me know through comments here, or email: bda at elementallinks dot com. Same if you have a question.

The first submitted question comes from MarkG:

So one question I would love to hear discussion on is how to prepare your IT organization for Service Orientation. I am curious to see how others are approaching this or not approaching it. I do see it as a challenge for your typical corporate IT shops as oppose to software vendors. What do you think? Is this a big issue for your shops? My gut feeling says that IT shops that have a well established EAI practice or maybe have successfully embraced OO design will have the right mixed of governance and discipline to have a run at SOA. Is this something worth discussing/addressing? Is everyone even looking at SOA now that the hype is at fever pitch?

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TITLE: How to prepare for Service Orientation URL: http://www.aniltj.com/blog/2006/06/21/HowToPrepareForServiceOrientation.aspx IP: 66.129.79.201 BLOG NAME: Anil John DATE: 06/20/2006 10:59:33 PM Read More

Brenda Michelson, in her eBizQ blog, is encouraging a collaborative discussion around Business Driven Architecture. The first question posed by/to the blogosphere was on how to prepare your IT organization for Service Orientation. MarkG’s stated... Read More

TITLE: How to prepare for Service Orientation URL: http://www.aniltj.com/blog/2006/06/21/HowToPrepareForServiceOrientation.aspx IP: 66.129.79.201 BLOG NAME: Anil John DATE: 06/20/2006 11:34:33 PM Read More

TITLE: How to prepare for Service Orientation - Part II URL: http://www.aniltj.com/blog/2006/06/21/HowToPrepareForServiceOrientationPartII.aspx IP: 66.129.79.201 BLOG NAME: Anil John DATE: 06/21/2006 12:10:51 PM Read More

In a followup comment to the question on preparing for SOA, Mark Griffin asks whether it is possible to focus too much on the business, ignoring the IT deliverables. I think this is certainly a risk. While the failures were probably not due to an ign... Read More

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Todd Biske and Anil John have got the discussion started with some excellent points on getting the organization prepared for SOA. A common theme from both is the focus on the business (the business process in particular) and understanding the business in-depth. It is hard to disagree with that.

I do have a follow-up question to all. Is it possible to focus on the business but forget that at the end of the day you still have to deliver what you promised? This would be the loosely coupled, reusable and agile services that make up that business process.

The reason I asked is that I have seen many EAI and EDA architectures fail because either the industry/vendors or the IT shop trivialized the technology piece. It's one of those if it were easy then everyone would be doing it. I can tell you that loosely coupled, reusable, agile services are not trivial to most corporate IT shops.

So maybe the conversation should fork into how do I get my IT organization more involved with the business to really understand it? And how do I make sure that my IT organization can deliver the services that will enable that understanding? What do you think?

Brenda Michelson, Principal of Elemental Links, shares her view on architectural strategies, technology trends, business, and relevance.

Brenda Michelson

Brenda Michelson is the principal of Elemental Links an advisory & consulting practice focused on business-technology capabilities that increase business visibility and responsiveness. Follow Brenda on Twitter.

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