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Office Space 2: The Rise of Milton

  
  
  
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By: Dave Hood, CEO, Troux

Forbes Contributor Jason Bloomberg recently wrote a few articles addressing the current state of Enterprise Architecture. In his first post, he explored whether enterprise architecture is completely broken, a question not uncommonly heard in our industry.

Enterprise Architecture: It’s Not Just About Technology Anymore

  
  
  
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Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

In our last blog post, The Next Chapter of Enterprise Architecture: Self-Service, we examined the change in mind-set that seems to be occurring in all corners of the enterprise when it comes to EA. We wrote about EA tools as a catalyst to empower stakeholders all across the enterprise with quality decision-making information available whenever needed:

The Next Chapter of Enterprise Architecture: Self-Service

  
  
  
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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

Enterprise Architecture (EA) has changed exponentially over the years with transforming from an IT-driven initiative to a business strategy necessity.  EA as a field formally took shape in 1987 with the publication of John Zachman’s article “A Framework For Information Systems Architecture”. The paper described both the need for and the challenges of managing increasingly scattered systems:

Using Enterprise Intelligence to Strengthen Cyber Security

  
  
  
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Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

We recently wrote about Enterprise Intelligence (EI) as a concept that delivers executives and decision makers with the insights they need to make more informed business and technology strategy decisions because of its enterprise transparency and visibility. In light of the recent wave of cyber security breaches it’s a good time to point out that EI insights also help with decisions related to everyday operations. In this case, strengthening cyber security

Lessons Learned: A Look Back at Our 2014 Troux Worldwide Conference

  
  
  
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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

It’s been a month since Troux hosted more than 200 customers at our worldwide conference in Austin to talk about ways to make enterprise architecture (EA) a must-have business capability. Now that everyone has digested their Texas BBQ and cleared out their inboxes, we’d like to reflect back on what attendees experienced at this year’s Troux Worldwide Conference.

Beyond Technology: How Enterprise Intelligence Supports Business Strategy and Change

  
  
  
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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

Our last post introduced the concept of enterprise intelligence (EI), the CIOs answer to business intelligence (BI). EI is a relatively new concept in the world of strategic technology planning and the more we explore it, the more opportunity we see for its applicability beyond technology and into other parts of the C-suite.

Business Intelligence versus Enterprise Intelligence

  
  
  
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A poll at a recent Wall Street Journal CIO Network conference found that 40 percent of attendees rank business intelligence (BI) and analytics as a top priority. Findings suggest that CIOs credit BI tools with providing the insight necessary to make critical business decisions because they provide a view into high volumes of data. For us data geeks findings like these mean the value of data intelligence is finally reaching the mainstream. You see, BI is a revelation on the business side. It lets companies sift through big data to glean insights into market dynamics and consumer behavior – two key drivers of product development and go-to-market strategy. But, IT strategy has different data needs that BI tools only partially fulfill.

The Risk of Doing Nothing

  
  
  
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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

Current events paint a picture of a finance sector plagued with “Technical Debt” resulting in security breaches, ATM lockouts, blocked debit and credit cards, and more. It often feels like as consumers we have little choice but to accept these faulty systems. But, the more I read about these challenges, the more the enterprise architecture (EA) side of my brain takes over. From an EA perspective, the break down started a long time ago when executives chose a wait-and-see approach to problem solving that consisted of applying system patch – after system patch versus wholesale upgrades or rebuilds. Looking back makes it clear that the sector can no longer be idle. Let’s start from the beginning.

What Comes First: The Data or the Tool?

  
  
  
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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

A traditional approach to Enterprise Architecture might suggest spending a significant amount of time (in some cases this could last as long as a year) gathering data from different parts of the business in the hope of building a holistic view of how the business looks today. Once you are sitting on this mass of data you may then consider EA tools to help you make sense of it all. To some people this seems a logical sequence– we’ll do the heavy data lifting on our end then call in the analytics guys to tell us what it all means. In reality this approach will often lead to wasted effort and set back the timetable for delivering value. As we discussed in a recent post, Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Better when it comes to data. With the right EA tool in place, organizations better understand the data that is actually needed to yield business benefits, dramatically increasing success rates and significantly reducing time to value.  

Beware the Barbarians at the Gate

  
  
  
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By: Ben Geller, VP Marketing, Troux

Despite its somewhat rocky start, Enterprise Architecture is now often referred to as a burgeoning field. With its origins dating back to the 60s, perhaps EA was ahead of its time when it emerged as framework used to optimize systems and technology for the business. Today, as information moves to the cloud, datacenters become defined by software, and mobile devices take over the world, that primary goal for EA initiatives has become front and center.

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