Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Enterprise Architecture, 2020, was published in early September. Over its 72 pages, over 30 Gartner analysts share their analysis of what is happening in the enterprise architecture field, and what they think will happen in the years to come.
In my view, it is always interesting to read the hype cycle to see how the Gartner analysts see changes coming to the field and discipline.
The main message this year is the following:
"Leading enterprise architects support business and IT executives by identifying and analyzing business value derived from technology. Digital and pandemic disruptions have heightened expectations for helping leadership teams determine which, and when, technologies will deliver business outcomes. In turn, estimating and/or monitoring business value expected, or realized, shapes future technology innovation decisions. The starting point is business architecture and innovation management.
Agile and digital are forcing this role and other types of “architects” to analyze how they support solution delivery. Deliverables consumed by delivery teams provide input to transparent governance, assurance and compliance monitoring. These deliverables are commissioned by enterprise architecture (EA) to provide guardrails to delivery efforts. This role, in turn, monitors, assesses, and predicts the impact of compliance and noncompliance for leadership teams. EA services form the basis to show where, when, and who the role supports in making smarter decisions about future investments, in-progress delivery, and current investments." (p.3.)
This should come as no surprise to modern enterprise architects, and is indeed very consistent with the message QualiWare has been giving over the past several years (for example, watch our recent webinar Architected for Digital (reg. required) or read our blog series From Strategy to Execution and Beyond - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.).
Enterprise architects, Gartner mentions , provide analytical assessment support to:
- “Analyze enterprise interdependencies inside and outside the organization.
- Analyze the impact of changing business and operating models to achieve alternative business outcomes.
- Monitor, analyze and predict change impacts when planning future investments, aggregating the state of in-progress investments and determining the state of what’s in production.”
The QualiWare platform offers unique possibilities to conduct all these three kinds of analyses. With the Business Ecosystem Modeling feature, we have extended Enterprise Architecture to become Ecosystem Architecture, and thereby make deep analyses of interdependencies both inside and outside the organization. As for the second kind of analysis mentioned by Gartner, we believe the QualiWare platform offers support for modeling and managing the business operating model of the organization, and allows for a wide variety of impact analyses. In our opinion, the third kind of analysis that Gartner mentions has been a focus area for QualiWare over the past 5-6 years, and we have implemented market-leading support for enterprise investment.
“Pandemic scenario planning may lead to recovery and renewal, or possibly resurgence”, Gartner states. They pinpoint that enterprise architects must:
- “Quickly respond to trends that change business direction and strategy.
- Analyze business and operating model change against processes, information, technologies, and applications for executives and technologists to make smarter investment decisions.
- Bring role clarity to “architects” by defining EA services as part of an internal management consultancy role to leaders.”
This means that the enterprise architects more than ever before must be communicative, collaborative and proactive. Their organizations must recognize that the enterprise architecture practice involves many stakeholders and concerns, and should open the doors for the architects to partake in decision-making processes. It is a big shift for many architects to become internal management consultants, but also a rewarding journey to embark on.
In the hype cycle, QualiWare is mentioned as a “sample vendor” in Business Capability Modeling, EA Governance, Enterprise Architecture, and Enterprise Architecture Tools.
Source: Gartner, Hype Cycle for Enterprise Architecture, 2020, Philip Allega, 3 September 2020
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