Gartner EA: EA as Strategy

Presenter: Colleen Young

This is the opening keynote for the EA Summit. Colleen is telling us that we are the individuals that need to bring the message to the business that IT can contribute to growth, rather than simply being about back-end processes and support. Things that she says that are critical to success of EA:

  1. EA’s must be bilingual- speaking the language of the business and the language of IT.
  2. Architects must be political.
  3. Architects must be influential. Architects need to be confident, with a firm grasp on the business’ needs.
  4. Architects must deliver distinctive solutions. How do we do this? We need to evolve toward integrated IT and business strategic planning. Architecture needs to bridge the gap.

Overall, a good presentation.

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