Buzzword Buzzkill: Enterprise Architecture

03 August 2016
Mark Richtermeyer

The Spitfire Group's primary service offering has always been to provide companies with a strategic roadmap for their technology that is aligned to the business strategy. In technical terms, this is called "enterprise architecture", but that buzzword is a buzzkill.


The roadmap really starts with the business strategy. Why is this useful? It turns out that as companies grow and mature they tend to develop a bunch of point solutions to every day problems that are often repetitive, costly and are often not aligned with the larger picture of the organization. Down the line, this results in increasing silos in the organization and a divergence from the overall corporate vision. When the technology function is not viewed as strategically as, oh say corporate finance, then the operational technology solutions veer off of the corporate runway.

In fact, Spitfire sees this more and more which is a primary reason why we provide consulting and services for MuleSoft’s AnypointPlatform. The platform enables customers to build a seamless application network of applications, data and devices through API-led connectivity, whether in the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid.

A strategically relevant roadmap for the technology function delivers the right functionality for the business, faster, at a lower cost, and the solutions last much longer (application lifecycle is extended). Customers, suppliers, and employees are happier and more productive and they are working in a more aligned manner towards delivering on the mission of the organization. What's not to love about that?


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