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, while the Solution Architect …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The “Practice” of IT Architecture is NOT a One Size Fits All

Chris Schultz, Senior IT Management ConsultantFebruary 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 put all the …

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, banking, …

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 …

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 …