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  • The Evolution of Data and Modeling

      The Evolution of Data and Modeling Garry Arko, Senior Enterprise & Solution Architect November 12, 2018   Over 50 years ago, there was a need to codify data so that computers could understand and use it. The structuring and modeling of data became a necessity to gain value from computers, and the art and science of data modeling took shape. It didn’t take ...

    Posted at November 12, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Emerging Technologies for an Emerging Society

    Emerging Technologies for an Emerging Society Intkhab Ali, Senior Solution Architect November 4, 2018   One of the constants in IT over the past several decades has been the constant need to factor in evolutionary or revolutionary technology changes, at least from an architect’s perspective.  Since the 70s, we’ve seen major game-changing shifts, some of which have affected our lives both at home and in the workplace:

    Posted at November 5, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Finding a Sweet Spot Between Traditional Data Warehouse and Big Data

    Finding a Sweet Spot Between Traditional Data Warehouse and Big Data David Schlinker, Senior Data Analytics Architect October 28, 2018   The Big Data and Advanced Analytics market is growing rapidly with a forecasted 11.4% annual growth rate from 2018-2027, according to Wikibon.  This growth rate with the current adoption rate is of approximately 50% is a good indication of an upward trend.  So, the ...

    Posted at October 28, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Managing a Shitstorm

    Managing a Shitstorm Marianne Hang, Senior Project Manager October 21, 2018   Have you ever had a project turn into a shitstorm, with no option but to manage your way out of it?  The term “shitstorm” is an actual business term defined in Wikipedia as “a situation marked by violent controversy". I’m sure we’ve all been in a shitstorm and we know we’re in one when it happens.  However, we’re ...

    Posted at October 22, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Public vs Private Sector Architecture

    Public vs Private Sector Architecture Ade Odusote, Senior IT Architect October 15, 2018   As in all architecture arenas, with the building construction industry being most familiar to us, the scope of IT Architecture is broad – Public vs Private, High Level vs Detailed, and Technology vs Business are just a few examples. From a functional perspective, today’s organizations apply Architecture in different areas, including Data, Process, Application, and Technology. Although there are many similarities ...

    Posted at October 16, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Creating the Perfect Process

    Creating the Perfect Process Patricia Udokang, Senior Business Architect October 9, 2018   What does it take to create the perfect business process? Realistically, it’s not easy to create perfection, but one can strive for excellence, so let’s talk about creating an excellent business process. A business process is a sequence of activities resulting in an output. Therefore, first and foremost, before we model a process, we need to gain an understanding ...

    Posted at October 10, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Building Believable Business Cases

    Building Believable Business Cases Randy Radic, Senior IT & Management Consultant September 10, 2018   Does your organization find it challenging to develop believable business cases that will get the support of key stakeholders and necessary project funding? Is there a proven methodology in your organization to prioritize proposed projects to select the highest value initiatives?  No?  Well, you're not alone. To some degree, many organizations struggle to develop robust and believable business cases ...

    Posted at September 11, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Beyond ERP Development – Integrated Platforms & Programming

    Beyond ERP Development – Integrated Platforms & Programming Dusan Jugovic, Senior Systems Engineer (Partner at Codeeco) September 5, 2018   Developing ERP applications is not something that I had in mind when I started my undergraduate studies in university.  During my third year in the Faculty of Science, I was offered an opportunity to join a programming team responsible for refactoring an ERP product for one of the leading IT companies ...

    Posted at September 6, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Searching for Data: The Ignorance Explosion

    Searching for Data: The Ignorance Explosion Intkhab Ali, Senior Solution Architect August 29, 2018   About 25 years ago (literally on the cusp of the popularity of the Web), my boss at the time did a symposium presentation on the “ignorance explosion”, which was a play on the phrase “information explosion”. He was not referring to people becoming stupider, but rather the increasing gap between information available and people's capability to process ...

    Posted at August 30, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 1 Comment
  • News Release #2: Architecture-as-a-Service is Here!

    News Release #2: Architecture-as-a-Service is Here! Bob Ivkovic, Principal of IT Architects August 22, 2018   In News Release #1, the focus was to explain what Service-as-a-Architecture (AaaS) was, and what it was NOT.  There is a lot of confusion as to what AaaS is, and if you conduct a survey with ten IT professionals, chances are that you’ll get ten different answers, ...

    Posted at August 23, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • News Release #1: Architecture-as-a-Service is Here!

    News Release #1: Architecture-as-a-Service is Here! Bob Ivkovic, Principal of IT Architects August 15, 2018   Everything is a service these days, even architecture.  If you’re planning to offer any kind of product or service today, chances are you won’t be the first.  I can’t help but think about Kicking Horse Coffee and the fact that they went from a family-owned small town coffee roasting business to being on every supermarket shelf ...

    Posted at August 16, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Managing Projects Without a Framework – Part III

    Managing Projects Without a Framework – Part III Marianne Hang, Senior Project Manager August 07, 2018   Taking it Home In part 2 of this blog series, I recommended three key project management documents that are important to build and present early on in a project where there is no project management framework. Now you’re a month or two in and you’ve got some solid documentation in place to help move you and ...

    Posted at August 7, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Managing Projects Without a Framework – Part II

    Managing Projects Without a Framework – Part II Marianne Hang, Senior Project Manager July 30, 2018   Now For Some Quick Wins In part 1 of this blog series, I introduced a scenario of landing in a project management role where there is no project management framework. The first steps we talked about to help survive and thrive in such a situation were reviewing documentation and building working relationships. Now that you’ve made ...

    Posted at July 30, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Managing Projects Without a Framework – Part I

    Managing Projects Without a Framework – Part IMarianne Hang, Senior Project Manager July 23, 2018   So you’ve been asked to manage a project – but there’s no framework to do that, no PMO in sight, and your client thinks they know what project management is, except they don’t. If you’re lucky, your client is aware of these gaps and knows exactly what a heavy lift they’re asking you for, and ...

    Posted at July 23, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • The Art of Establishing an IT Architecture Program – Part II

    The Art of Establishing an IT Architecture Program - Part II Gary Silberg, Senior Solution & Enterprise Architect July 16, 2018   In Part I of this blog The Art of Establishing an IT Architecture Program - Part I, I explored why a company would want to create an IT Architecture Program, when to create it, who ...

    Posted at July 16, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 1 Comment
  • The Art of Establishing an IT Architecture Program – Part I

    The Art of Establishing an IT Architecture Program - Part I Gary Silberg, Senior Solution & Enterprise Architect July 8, 2018   So you want to establish an Information Technology Architecture Program in your organization? You think your IT projects haven’t been fully successful under the leadership of your Project Managers, Business Analysts, and Technical Leads? Can an IT architecture program really make a difference? Let’s explore this ...

    Posted at July 8, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 1 Comment
  • A Day in the Life of an Aspiring Architect

    A Day in the Life of an Aspiring Architect Raza Qazi, Junior Enterprise Architect June 4, 2018   I hadn't even finished my computer science degree when I was offered a junior enterprise architect part-time role while I was in my last year of studies. I didn’t even know that an enterprise architect could be junior. Regardless, this was my big chance to figure out what area of IT I ...

    Posted at June 4, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Collaboration Between Architecture & Project Methodologies

    Collaboration Between Architecture & Project Methodologies Milan Dabic (P.Eng.), Senior Systems Engineer & Software Architect May 28, 2018   As architects – whether it is Enterprise, Solution, Domain, Process, Data, Application, Technology, or Software – we work in a jumble of different project and architectural methodologies. In this article, I would like to discuss the challenges and impacts of those different methodologies; both on the architect, on projects, and on ...

    Posted at May 29, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • The Many Talents of a Domain Architect

    The Many Talents of a Domain Architect Ade Odusote, Senior Domain Architect Bob Ivkovic, Principal of IT Architects May 22, 2018   While an Enterprise Architect leads the development of a single holistic enterprise architecture model for the whole of the organization (from all architecture perspectives including Business Services, Business Processes, Information, Applications, and Technology), a Solution Architect provides a bridge between specific business problems and issues and the solutions which are ...

    Posted at May 22, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Ease of Access = User Satisfaction

    Ease of Access = User Satisfaction Garry Arko, Senior Enterprise & Solution Architect May 9, 2018   While a good Architecture will avoid going too far into details, it should also recognize the implications of details and provide a framework and guidelines that can enable beneficial and valued solutions. One of the concepts that is often overlooked in an Architecture is Ease of Access to technology based solutions. Ease of Access often ...

    Posted at May 9, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • The Psychology of Change: An Architect’s Perspective

    The Psychology of Change: An Architect's Perspective Milan Dabic (P.Eng.), Senior Systems Engineer & Software Architect May 2, 2018   Change, or the plan to change, is probably the number one reason an organization hires architects, especially when their system landscape is becoming a little antiquated and management is screaming for legacy modernization. Sometimes it’s the business that wants to reengineer their business processes and align them to innovative technology ...

    Posted at May 2, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile

    Transitioning from Waterfall to Agile Marianne Hang, Senior Project Manager April 25, 2018   It was not too long ago that I published an article about the agile method of project management versus waterfall, and provided recommendations when one fits better than the other. In real-life project management, we don’t always have the luxury of making a clear decision between going agile or waterfall at the start of a project. ...

    Posted at April 24, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • The Benefits and Shortfalls of EAI

    The Benefits and Shortfalls of EAI Alex Djordjevic, System Integration Architect April 21, 2018   Old MacDonald had a farm E-A-I-E-I-E-I-O. I’m sure if you’re not familiar with integration, you may think that EAI is a popular nursery rhyme. However, that’s not the case. In the business world, we take Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) very seriously. EAI is the integration of different systems and/or their system components (where these components are ...

    Posted at April 21, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Transitioning from Project to Operations

    Transitioning from Project to Operations Marianne Hang, Senior Project Manager April 11, 2018   How can a project go from start to finish, and then find itself unprepared when it comes time to hand off the new system to Operations? This happens a lot more often than you’d think so I thought I’d offer some pointers on how to successfully transition a project to Operations. As a PMO Lead, one of the ...

    Posted at April 11, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Do You Need a Solution or Enterprise Architect?

    Do You Need a Solution or Enterprise Architect? Gary Silberg, Senior Solution & Enterprise Architect April 5, 2018   Although Solution Architects and Enterprise Architects are two different animals, they have a mutual respect for each other and typically work together. One starts things off and then the other takes over. The Enterprise Architect is the strategist and is responsible for all the planning, ...

    Posted at April 4, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Which is Better – Agile or Waterfall?

    Which is Better - Agile or Waterfall? Marianne Hang, Senior Project Manager March 29, 2018   As a newcomer to project management in the early days, there was no set project management methodology. Projects either worked or they didn’t – we either completed them successfully or we abandoned them. Over the years, we learned and developed a set of best practices we could count on to help ensure project success, and this ...

    Posted at March 29, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • A Project Manager’s Best Friend – The Architect

    A Project Manager's Best Friend - The Architect Marianne Hang, Senior Project Manager March 23, 2018   What does a Project Manager who has been in the business for 25 years say about architecture and how it saved my life on more than a few occasions? I’ve seen it all, everything from pure project management using waterfall methodology to agile methodology to hybrid methodologies. I’ve covered all strains of project management, ...

    Posted at March 23, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • IoT is a Modern Way of Life

    IoT is a Modern Way of Life Milan Dabic (P.Eng.), Senior Systems Engineer & Software Architect March 6, 2018   There’s always a torrent of new ideas and technology. It’s a fact of life that we all recognize. Today, at the forefront of that torrent, are the ideas and technologies called the Internet of Things (IoT). Every one of us has heard of it. Whether it’s an internet connected refrigerator ...

    Posted at March 7, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Does Your Business Client Really Need IT Architecture Services?

    Does Your Business Client Really Need IT Architecture Services? Bruce McRitchie, Principal of IT Architects February 12, 2018   A long time ago, as an Account Executive for a reputable IT consulting firm, IT Architecture was one of our upcoming practice areas (we were perhaps a little ahead as it was not that common at the time), and we had heard that one of our large clients had a need ...

    Posted at February 13, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • The “Practice” of IT Architecture is NOT a One Size Fits All

    The “Practice” of IT Architecture is NOT a One Size Fits All Chris Schultz, Senior IT Management Consultant February 8, 2018   The legacy of IT Architecture practices in many shops is dismal at best. This is not due to any flaws of best practices, or efforts on the part of those engaged in applying Architecture methods and techniques. Generally, these practices will yield valid results that indicate how best to ...

    Posted at February 8, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Don’t Reinvent the Wheel, Get Your Hands on a Business Reference Model

    Don't Reinvent the Wheel, Get Your Hands on a Business Reference Model Bob Ivkovic, Principal of IT Architects February 4, 2018   Business Reference Models illustrate the functional and organizational composition of the core business of an organization. We sometimes call them industry reference models because they may pertain to a specific industry. You can find industry-specific business reference models for all kinds of industries, including aerospace & defense, airline, automotive, ...

    Posted at February 4, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • Cloud Integration 101

    Cloud Integration 101 Bob Ivkovic, Principal of IT Architects January 22, 2018   Before we jump into cloud integration, I have a foundational question: What is cloud? We better understand what it is that we’re integrating before we dive in. I think this is a fair question considering that cloud is a misunderstood term as it applies to information technology. Most people seem to think that cloud is a type of technology, ...

    Posted at January 23, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
  • AI is the Future, Always has Been

    AI is the Future, Always Has Been Bob Ivkovic, Principal of IT Architects January 15, 2018   Artificial Intelligence or AI has been around since I was born, and I’m no spring chicken.  When I started my career as an Oracle DBA back in 1983, we had an AI group in the IT department.  I’m not sure they ever got off the ground, or anyone else had for that matter, because we ...

    Posted at January 17, 2018 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment