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Designing the Internet of Things: role for enterprise architects, IoT architects, or both?

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We have the still-emerging Internet of Things, a mishmash of dispersed devices, sensors, kiosks, and systems that everyone promises will make our lives such much cooler. Refrigerators will not only talk to grocery stores, but also to their manufacturers to let them know if any performance issues are cropping up. Cars are already starting to talk to their original manufacturers. Aircraft engines are also in direct contact their manufacturers to let them know what's up -- or what may not be going up. Great use cases, but an architectural nightmare that calls for a new role to plan and piece it all together into a coherent and viable system.


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Digital disruptor: now keywords in enterprise architects' job descriptions

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Gartner's official definition of "enterprise architecture" includes an interesting phrase: As Gartner sets the tone for IT's perceptions of its place in the world, it's noteworthy that EA -- and its practitioners -- are seen as agents of "disruption." Let's face it, disruption has displaced innovation as the go-to phrase, Everyone wants to be a digital disruptor --CEOs, VPs, managers, line employees, and just about everyone across organizations who cares about the fates of their organizations. In the view of Clayton Christensen, who first defined the term more than a decade ago, disruption means upending markets by delivering solutions that create entirely new markets -- often with unserved or underserved segments. Companies aren't just asking for people to simply help improve what they're doing, They want people who will create new businesses that could potentially destroy an existing business. So, who is going to guide the way into the land of digital disruption?


5 key qualities of a modern enterprise architect

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Two recent posts at The Open Group site suggest it's a brave new world for enterprise architects -- or those moving their careers in that direction. Capgemini's Ron Tolido suggests that EAs -- or anyone else for that matter -- simply aren't equipped to be able to predict what technology needs businesses will have within the next few years. In an additional Open Group post, Stuart Macgregor, CEO of Real IRM Solutions, advocates a high-level approach, "running the EA practice like a business, with a clearly-defined solution offering." Acknowledge that the future -- even immediate future -- is murky. Tolido, who spoke at The Open Group London 2016, says that "because customer and business needs are constantly changing there really is no way to know what IT landscapes will look like in the future or what type of solutions organizations will need."


Why architects make great UX designers

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Architects may be ideal candidates to be user experience (UX) designers. In this context, Gavin Johns, a licensed architect, says architects -- the ones that design buildings, that is -- have the chops to serve as software designers. "As an architect, you have been trained to shape the world according to millennia of design discourse. Giving form to culture is a skill that calls on all the senses and requires a deep understanding of how people interact with their environment," he points out. Perhaps the type of architects we talk about here on these pages -- enterprise architects -- are also experts at understanding how people interact with their environments.