most discussed topic around is how to justify
ROI on architecture investment. In fact, most
of architects are currently burning their mid
night oil to churn out excel sheets and power
points to sell the idea of architecture benefits
to their respective managements with little or
real challenge with architecture adoption is that
the IT people are recommending it. Unfortunately,
anything recommended by "IT people"
or "techie" is taken with pinch of salt.
of the senior manager in Sydney, commented, "The
justification of ROI on architecture is like justifying
the investment on my kid's education". This
may sound an extreme case of pro architecture
group. But, the point he was trying to bring out
that yardstick should be clearly defined to differentiate
between ROI on investments vs ROI on creating
assets. We need to look at the architecture related
one resulting in long term " assets"
vs. short term
"quick & dirty" gain.
civil architect can easily ask "show me a
building without good architecture surviving in
any part of the world". Even if you have
the best of breed steel frames, concrete, wooden
frameworks, cements or bricks, it's not a guarantee
of a good structure in absence of architecture.
Similarly, having a team with great programming
skills, programming models & framework, and
tools is no way to guarantee the success of systems
in both short term and long term.
are the typical IT architecture related investments?
Some of the key areas of investment would include
training, tools, creating architecture artifacts,
refining process, repository, management &
governance, metrics & compliance. Additional
investments are required for transformations between
views of the enterprise architecture, the solution
architecture and the technical architecture of
the system ensuring traceability of architecture
constraints and requirements to implementations.
bigger issue is who will be more eager to fund
an architecture initiative? Is CEO or CFO? While
the tenure of a CEO is around 3-4 years, the typical
tenure of a CFO is around 7 years or more. Does
it mean that CFO is more likely to appreciate
the value of architecture? But, may be it's the
CEO who will feel the pain of lack of business
and IT alignment and ask for setting the architecture