Should you derive your IT Strategy from your Business Strategy? Probably not too much.

It is generally accepted that IT Strategy must follow Business Strategy. It seems a no-brainer. But is it? There are reasons to look at it differently, reasons that become more pressing as organisations become more digital.

Don’t become an Enterprise/IT Architect…

With increasing IT volumes in the world, landscape change is getting harder and harder, and we need to adapt to that fact. Upper management is very slow to adapt and the Enterprise/IT Architect/Strategist's position becomes more frustrating as a result.

About ‘being right’ versus ‘being heeded’

[De Nederlandse versie van dit verhaal vind je hier] About 15 years ago, someone I knew left an organisation where they had an advisory role. When they left for another job, at the farewell-party, management said the following: "With [X],…

Over ‘gelijk hebben’ versus ‘gelijk krijgen’

[The English version of this story can be found here] Een jaar of 15 geleden vertrok iemand die ik kende bij een organisatie waar zij een adviserende functie had vervuld. Ze ging ergens anders werken. Bij haar afscheid zei het…

How well does your top management understand IT?

I am proposing a way to 'measure' the 'understanding' the top of an organisation has — how capable it is of making informed strategic decisions — on a subject, e.g. legal, finance, or what is my particular interest: IT.

“Architecture in an Age of Agile” is online

I've (finally!) posted the narrated presentation of a slightly adapted version of my keynote at the Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2018: "Architecture in an Age of Agile". Both Architecture and Agile are important aspects of maximising your success in digital…