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Navigating Change and Disruption with Enterprise Architecture

By Michael Cardillo | Thu, May 21, 2020

As I work from my home amid the COVID-19 crisis, I can’t help but think that the need for Enterprise Architecture is greater than ever. Now is a time when organizations need to be thinking about the changes they need to make in order to survive and eventually to prosper in this new world. 

Many business leaders may overlook the role of Enterprise Architecture in these changes, believing it to be mainly a technical concern.   

In reality, Enterprise Architecture is about alignmentaligning people, processes, and technologies to achieve business goals. It's also about aligning to navigate significant change and disruption successfully.

Unfortunately, as I shared in my "What is Enterprise Architecture?" post, this is broken in most organizations, and they'll struggle to leverage EA effectively—even during the times they need it most.

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Why Now is the Time to INVEST in Your Strategy

By Michael Cardillo | Thu, Apr 02, 2020

I just listened to a podcast about an automobile parts company that was facing significant challenges in the current COVID-19 crisis.  With auto plants all over the world shut down, they were facing an unprecedented crash of all orders and sales. 

To their credit, rather than laying people off and contracting, they looked for new opportunities.  It turns out that one component they manufacture is pistons for various automobile applications. It just so happens that ventilators use pistons—ventilators that are now in unprecedented demand.

This company was able to shift its production to producing ventilator-sized pistons quickly.  They already have partnerships with several manufacturers and a huge backlog of orders.  That’s a pivot of a business model that will enable the company to not only survive this crisis, but to actually grow their revenue in 2020.  

I’ve noticed that many organizations are taking the opposite approach.  They are canceling projects and investments to create a surplus of cash.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the question is, do you sit on that cash…or do you re-think your strategy—and thus your investments?

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What is Enterprise Architecture and What are its Benefits?

By Michael Cardillo | Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Understanding Enterprise Architecture (EA)

Welcome to the first post in our Enterprise Architecture blog and video series. In this series, we'll explore the importance of EA in achieving business goals, highlight best practices, discuss pitfalls to avoid, and examine how organizations are leveraging EA to maximize value from their technology investments.  Check out the video or read the transcript below. 


My name is Mike Cardillo, and I run the Enterprise Architecture practice for Lightwell. I've been in IT for about 30-35 years, and I've been doing Enterprise Architecture for about 20-25 years.

I've spent the last 10 years in consulting in Enterprise Architecture and have helped companies with creating and running EA programs, as well as building strategies such as digital strategies, transformation strategies—and how we use Enterprise Architecture to drive the business.

 

Enterprise Architecture is about how you align your business investments—your projects essentially—with your business goals and objectives, and that is broken in most organizations.

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Combatting Organizational Software Silos with IBM Transformation Extender for Integration Servers

By Connor Smith | Wed, Jul 17, 2019

In this blog post, I will explore the IBM Transformation Extender (ITX) extension for IBM App Connect Enterprise (ACE, formerly IBM Integration Bus, IIB), highlighting how taking advantage of these two products in harmony can achieve operational efficiency.

 

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Cloud Spotlight: IBM MQ High Availability (HA) in AWS

By Connor Smith | Wed, Oct 31, 2018

With the rise of the cloud, in particular, AWS, how does ‘traditional’ IBM MQ High Availability (HA) compare against its AWS alternatives—and is there any point in using them in the cloud?

I'll explore this in topic this post.

 

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Simplifying Container Management with Kubernetes: Exploring IBM and MuleSoft Solutions

By John Hawkins | Tue, Aug 14, 2018

Parallel problems

Although the offerings I'm about to discuss are different, they're interesting enough to explore more closely. Both IBM and MuleSoft are claiming that the reason for implementing their solutions is because they perceive a lack of skills in containers and Kubernetes.

This tallies with what I see in the world I work in too. It's one thing to say that you can run a few containers in the wild, but it's quite another to run them as a true cloud environment with hundreds— potentially thousandsof them.

Alongside this, containers are making some architectures change. High Availability (HA) solutions that once looked fine in the VM world now begin to look clunky and new ways of doing HA are springing up. Monitoring now becomes a headache if your failing system was brought down automatically and had been recreated before you even knew you had a problem. Never mind things like license management, where most vendors are struggling to cope with a more flexible model that true cloud requires.

I'll discuss here the two different offerings, and we can see how they are very differentbut trying to solve the same skills issue.

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Selecting the right managed file transfer solution in the cloud

By Lightwell | Fri, Oct 04, 2013

In a white paper drafted by Osterman Research, the features and functionality of managed file transfers in a cloud-based environment were analyzed to help users identify what is most important to consider when selecting a solution. Companies of all sizes and industries are benefiting from managed file transfer solutions in the modern marketplace, as the technology aids in governing and automating data exchange between two entities. There are many types of managed file exchange options to choose from, including person-to-person, system-to-system and system-to-person. Each of these types must be protected against external threats or data loss, and should work seamlessly with existing infrastructure to offer a high return on investment.

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A primer on cloud integration: Avoiding migration and security hiccups

By Lightwell | Wed, Aug 28, 2013

There has been a significant amount of buzz regarding cloud-based b2b integration in recent months, particularly in light of reports that identified confusion regarding the technology's capabilities. Part of the difficulty in achieving success in the cloud is moving away from the perception that the platform is a one-size-fits-all solution when the reality is that there are many different types of services and even varied delivery models. In other words, organizations considering a cloud-based approach to any problem should first formulate an IT strategy that addresses risks, opportunities and potential adoption barriers.

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What does the future of the supply chain management look like?

By Lightwell | Thu, Aug 01, 2013

Making assumptions about the future can be risky for a business, but at least considering which trends and technologies will add value down the road has become a necessity. Where as an incorrect assumption can result in wasted investment, early adopters can work out the kinks of implementation faster and benefit from more mature strategies than those that deploy solutions later.

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Selecting the right cloud IT services provider

By Lightwell | Tue, Jul 16, 2013

Companies of all sizes have started to at least consider the cloud as a way to improve IT operations. Some organizations started with cloud-based email to see whether the technology could be trusted and others now entrust providers with more complicated activities like B2B integration. The cloud has become so commonplace that even long-standing adoption barriers like security are on the decline. It's easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm, but business and IT leaders should have a clear set of expectations before diving headfirst into cloud computing services.

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