We generally try and send at least one EA-type Smartie to each of the European Open Group conferences, and this time I’m lucky enough that it’s my chance to go. There is no such thing as a free lunch in Rome though, and so I’m presenting in one of the conference streams on the subject of how to put some quantitative measures on the mythical business strategy-IT strategy alignment that is often discussed in Enterprise Architecture circles. If you happen to be attending, just come and say hello.
The conference is split into three main themes – architecture, security and cloud. It is interesting to see that cloud computing gets its own seat at the agenda top table, which is topical I guess, but also rather fashionable in architecture circles at the moment. My prediction is that it won’t have it’s own conference stream in three years time once the industry marketing hype machine has moved on to the next shiny thing, but “architecture” will still be there, because that is fundamentally what it is all about – enterprises that are designed rather than evolving accidentally will typically be more successful and efficient in the long run. Cloud computing just gives the Enterprise Architect some more tools in the toolbox to perform this task, albeit some very significant industry-changing tools.