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10/23/2008

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Shani

Hiya,I think your pointing in the right graeenl direction, though I'd position EA either the department that says no or the department that tells you want you're allowed to have , rather than technical visionaries. There typically more focused on their TOGAF roles, technology PowerPoints, and tuning their data models, than helping the business move forward. A good dose of business insight would be a good thing. (This is why I like to do IT strategy in a workshop where the technologists are outnumbered by the business; it keeps the technologists in line )If we think about it, the whole area/problem of grey IT (IT procured directly by the business, without IT department involvement) is just the thin end of this wedge. Gone are they days where you needed detailed knowledge of MQ et al to understand what to do, and the business has realised that — in many instances — there's nothing stopping them solving the problem themselves. Need CRM? Stick a credit card into Salesforce.com, spend a few moments configuring it, and we're off. I'm seeing more and more IT departments spend a non-trivial amount of time trying to control business access to vendors (ie. control business access to information about technology) to try and stop this.So I'm with you. IT planning is obviously important, but IT planning as currently practiced is irrelevant to the business. Let's reinvent EA, and let's do it hand-in-hand with the business. r.PEG

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