Last month, I discussed the rapid change environment that most organizations are experiencing today, and why our traditional systems development methods no longer work if we look only at the operational business processes in the enterprise This month, we see that these processes typically reflect the needs of the past; they rarely address the rapid changes needed for the future. We will see how enterprise architecture and associated methods assist with business transformation enablement.
To appreciate what still needs to be achieved, in earlier columns I discussed the concepts behind Adam Smith's book, Wealth of Nations, published in 1776. This book was the basis for the evolution of the industrial age enterprise. Its direction was correct for that age, but its influence is still being felt in the information age enterprises of the 21 st century.
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