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Putting Your Best Foot Forward

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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

Every year, right around this time, a buzz zips through the enterprise architecture community when InfoWorld, Forrester Research and the Penn State University Center for Enterprise Architecture open their collective call for entries for the Enterprise Architecture Awards (a program now in its sixth year).  Enterprise architects and business leaders alike snap to attention and reflect on how their organization has leveraged and benefited from EA efforts over the past year. Since we’re about one month out from the deadline for nominations (here’s your heads up that they close on Friday, June 15), we thought it would be instructive and timely to lay out a few baseline tips for what makes up a successful entry, taking into account similarities between past winners that are both Troux customers and unaffiliated role models for the discipline.

What’s Your EA End Game? Tales From TWC 2015

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By: Dave Hood, CEO, Troux

A couple weeks ago we held our annual Troux Worldwide Conference, inviting customers and partners from across the country and even the world to meet us in our hometown of Austin, TX. We hosted customers from healthcare to banking, from public sector to consumer packaged goods. Aside from the compelling conversation, fantastic food and inspiring keynotes from the likes of TED alum David McCandless, it never ceases to amaze me what our customers are able to achieve through enterprise intelligence and EA toolsets. That’s the spirit of the conference – to help customers learn from the innovative approaches of their peers and to get the synapses firing on how they can transform their businesses through EI.

The Digital Race, Enterprise Edition

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By Dave Hood, CEO, Troux

In today’s global, hyper-competitive economy, you’re seeing all kinds of heated races to be the first to digitize an industry. You’ve got Uber battling Lyft to digitize (and displace) the traditional taxi industry. Apple, Google, PayPal, Square and others are slugging it out in a race to digitize the majority of retail transactions. Even seemingly mundane industries like shipping and storage – with Austin tech comrades uShip and SpareFoot racing incumbent competitors – heat up when digitization starts making things more efficient and accessible. And this makes the stakes quite high in the IT world, as enterprises leverage IT as they engage in a similar race to innovate digitally.

Architects, It’s Your Time

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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

For decades, CIOs have been fighting for a seat at the executive table. Fighting to be heard, fighting to be a trusted advisor to the CEO, fighting to be regarded as a true C-level participant. It hasn’t been until the last few years that cybersecurity breaches, the sprint toward business digitization, the emphasis on the customer experience and a service-driven economy have thrust the CIO into the spotlight.

The Secret Behind Selecting The Right Enterprise Architecture Tool

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By: Nick Reed, VP Customer Success EMEA, Troux

Implementing an effective enterprise architecture program is about more than just selecting a tool to aggregate and visualize data. As an EA solutions provider, we talk to a lot of organizations in the early stages of implementation, which gives us a unique, clean-slate perspective on the selection process. Frankly, the most obvious misstep that we see is an emphasis on the functionality of the tool versus what it can ultimately accomplish toward real business success.

Federal Agencies Innovate with Enterprise Intelligence: Eliminating Threats and Inefficiencies

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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

Toward the end of 2014 an American legend walked off-stage. Stephen Colbert wrapped his final episode of the pseudo-politically-charged Colbert Report before preparing to take over David Letterman’s Late Show post. I’m personally sad to see him go, as he brought political awareness to the masses, albeit it through a comedic lens. Throughout all the laughs, sarcasm and pageantry, one thing was certain: Colbert’s favorite pastime was ribbing the federal government for bureaucratic inefficiency.

A Walk Down Memory Lane: The Troux Blog Hall of Fame

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As you return from your holiday break, we certainly hope the New Year finds you happy, healthy and reenergized. It’s a fresh start -- the point on the calendar at which many organizations really get rolling on selecting and implementing plans, IT tools and approaches, including those companies that will be starting out with or continuing to build on a foundation of enterprise intelligence.

2014 Moments and Memories: A Holiday EA Reading List

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By Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

First and foremost, wishes for a very happy holiday season to you and yours from all of us at Troux!

As we wind down work for the holiday break and ensuing festivities, we want to thank our loyal readers, customers, partners and vendors for another great year – one that brought us the best quarter our company has ever seen. It’s exciting to see our space continue to build momentum and maturity, especially as we head into a new calendar year with fresh opportunities and challenges

We understand how things go – business takes precedent and proactive reading gets bookmarked, postponed or forgotten – so we’ve decided to compile a list of our most-read posts to make catching up a bit easier. Hopefully, you’ll see the same patterns, shifts and progress we’ve noticed in discussions and posts over the course of 2014.

Hitting the Innovation Nail on the Head: Innovating with Purpose

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By: Dave Hood, CEO, Troux

Let’s talk about an oft-maligned buzzword…innovation. By definition, it’s “a new method, idea, product, etc.” Be honest, how difficult do you find it to innovate and truly create something new and impactful in today’s world? If you feel like you’re lagging, you are not alone. The reality is that it takes time and resources to properly evaluate where innovation is needed, set goals and deliver on promises. The complexity and pace of change in today’s digital world make that difficult. It’s a noteworthy accomplishment just to keep up. To that end, let’s look at nailing innovation -- innovating with purpose -- from an IT perspective.

"Alright Stop, Collaborate and Listen" - The Recipe for Strategic Planning Success

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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

Ahh, the sage words of Vanilla Ice. The man may have known little about 90s hairstyles and fashion, but he (perhaps unknowingly) nailed it when it comes to advice for the new order of IT organizations. However progressive, proactive and well-oiled we think we are, I’m going out on a limb and predicting that a vast majority of our readers can still relate to struggles with strategic planning in today’s constantly in motion business world. A recent Forbes article, Prevent Your Strategy Offsite From Being Meaningless, quite succinctly explains and identifies the issues that hinder strategic planning in today’s business climate, particularly where an enterprise model is concerned. Those issues get down to a more fundamental planning challenge – getting everyone on the same page, collaborating, working toward the same goals.

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