As 2009 comes to a close, there are many less fortunate than before the year started.  I know; I have a lot of friends who are looking for a home.

It is usual (and customary), during the holiday season, to give thanks for the blessing we have.  I thought a short IT list would be sufficient:

Our IT Reputation is Improving

  - Our reputation has been in question in the past due to us being perceived as:

  • An inhibitor to corporate progress – IT systems cannot be changed fast enough to meet market demands, seize opportunity or comply with a new requirement.
  • Weakly aligned (between IT and business strategy) – marked by an intractable language barrier.
  • Not strategically aligned – IT does not often know or follow corporate strategy

  - Create an enterprise architecture agenda / roadmap – blueprinting the way forward for alignment

  • Incorporate this EA function / COE into the PMO processes
  • Iteratively get to alignment nirvana

  - Implement an agile information management platform [EIM plan]

  • Get it to the business so that they can “see” how to improve
  • They are “screaming” for knowledge – empower them

  - Implement a Services Based Architecture [SOA, EDA. CEP, Cloud, …]

  • Become agile in your ability to change systems to support morphing business processes

IT Governance
  - It saves money and during these times (we all could use a little of this)

  - It aligns the business with Information Technology (we need that)

  - Join the linked-in group: IT Governance & Management

Let’s improve our ability to provide strategic value to the business

  - Let become the source of innovation

  • Capture the business architecture of the organization
  • Define an enterprise architecture for our business model
  • Let’s provide the business with insight into their data (without their asking)

  - Let’s strategically align ourselves with a common vocabulary

  • Create a data governance charter and implement a governance board including key business leaders
  • Create an IT strategy that is in direct alignment with the corporate mission and strategy (using our Business Architecture as the foundation)

Finally, let’s enjoy what we do
  - For when you love what you do, the paycheck is gratis!

Some parting shots for 2009: Let’s all hope that the global economy improves – since no country is an island anymore.  Let’s pray that our politicians can get their hands out of our pockets long enough to realize that without us working, all the money thrown at large business cannot help.  Let’s all align ourselves to a common good – I have learned that a person has the right and privilege to look down at another person, only when that person needs a hand to get up!  And finally, to quote a famous artist: "To all, I would say how mistaken they are when they think they stop falling in love (my input: with new technologies) when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love" – Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Happy holidays to all – have a cool Yule - and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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