We don’t say this enough, but LeanIX’s global network of Certified Partners— 43 in total from 10 countries—is fundamental to our company’s growth. It’s the not-so-hidden secret behind how we deliver our cloud-native Enterprise Architecture solutions to the number of companies we do and contribute to so many digital transformations worldwide. Based on a combination of technology enablement (online certifications, full product access, etc.), sales enablement (proof-of-concept and demo support, sales workshops, etc.), and general partner enablement (access to an evolving resources library, a dedicated LeanIX Partner Manager, etc.), our partners are able to use our tools to their fullest—and in turn, so do their clients.
By all accounts, the 2019 LeanIX EA Connect Days was a success. With 450+ participants, 27 presentations, and 1000+ trees sponsored for planting in Nicaragua by LeanIX and its attendees, the international Enterprise Architecture community took full advantage of two days’ worth of knowledge sharing on IT and modern business strategies. Not to mention an opportunity for hands-on demonstrations of our company’s latest product releases: LeanIX Cloud Native Suite and LeanIX Smart Xplore™.
Detailed summaries and video recordings of each of the EACD presentations will be posted to the LeanIX blog in the coming weeks, but until then, here's just a small glimpse of what took place.
Time is almost up for enterprises to decide how best to migrate from Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 before official support services are discontinued. Come July 9, 2019 the following options must be completely evaluated by Enterprise Architects and their stakeholders:
Highlights from two presentations: "Digital Means Designing for Change" and "Funding Innovation Through Effective Portfolio Management"
Representatives from LeanIX offered keynote and feature presentations in Chicago this week to audiences at Forrester’s 2019 Digital Transformation & Innovation Forum, a conference hosted by the global research firm and dedicated to tech-driven business enablement.
Java SE 8, Windows Server 2008 and whatever else vendors send your way
Oracle’s 2019 terms and agreements for commercial users of its Java SE 8 platform put Enterprise Architects on the lookout earlier than was expected for affected services in their IT network.
It’s the first Java version of many that the vendor has limited to a six-month transition cycle and grouped into its new subscription-based monthly pricing model—a stark departure from their previous offering of upfront licensing and annual support for two prior iterations of the language at a time.
How does your business define “good” Enterprise Architecture?
Rainer Bartsch, Senior Enterprise Architect for RWE Supply & Trading, asked audiences this question during his presentation on “Application Harmonization using Design Principles in LeanIX” at LeanIX’s EA Connect Days—an annual conference of ideas and technologies related to the world of Enterprise Architecture.
It’s sad to say, but we’ve forgotten how to work in teams. Despite the proliferation of Kanban boards, daily “Agile” stand-ups, Google Docs/Polls and Slack, we still fail to ask the right questions at the right times to get answers to the problems that matter most.
So just imagine how difficult it is for Enterprise Architects to collect data in environments where communication channels don’t actually produce much in the way of meaningful (read: fact-driven) communication.
RUAG, a Switzerland-based manufacturer of technologies for the aviation, space and defence industries, needed a clear look into its IT portfolio.
After 15 years of consistent M&A and investments in new technology, their risk management efforts had become increasingly hard to manage as a result of its imprecise inventory of IT assets. In particular, it had collected a total of 17 ERP-like systems and 17 instances of SAP—the combinations of which were significantly muddying attempts to obtain a functional overview of their present and potential IT capacities.
Transparency was needed to enable further activities—and fast.
The unexpected beginnings of a dynamic career
Your days consist of fitting business needs with IT capacity.
Patterns in an organization appear before you like a cascade of green binary.
And, most importantly, co-workers don’t totally hate talking to you…
At some point in time, whether or not you even realized it, you became an Enterprise Architect—that rare breed of crazy that speaks IT but thinks in business.
Let’s review two indispensable tools for any self-respecting Enterprise Architect (EA): Inventorying and Modeling.
Both mechanisms provide unique advantages for handling complex IT ecosystems—and both present limitations which only the other can improve.