Tweets from Troux 2011 conference, day 2

Tweets and links from the second (and final) day of the Troux users (enterprise-architecture) conference in Austin, Texas, on 23-24 March 2011 – once again courtesy of Brenda MichelsonTodd BiskeMike Walker, Aleks Buterman and others in a very active Tweet-active band of enterprise-architecture folks.

As on the previous post, I’ve edited slightly to remove most of the #Troux2011 and #entarch hash-tags; I’ve also added occasional comments of my own (in italics and preceded by ‘>’, >like this). There’s a lot of it, so I’ll put in a ‘Read more…’ break here.

  • toddbiske: Jeff Ellerbe: Any time a company is considering a change, EA should be involved.
  • bmichelson: Outside.  Not networking. Fearing the wrath of @thomsinger 😉
  • bmichelson: Day 2 at #troux2011 is about to start. Keynote this morning is none other than @AngelaYochem of #Dell
  • aleksb6: Day 2 at #troux2011 is officially under way with @thomsinger distributing the ab-fab prizes for grand winners of yesterday’s contests
  • aleksb6: Next up, Angela Yochem of #Dell services on fulfilling the Great Expectations in #IT at #troux2011
  • aleksb6: Angela Yochem of #Dell:  “On the back of strong #entarch foundation, distribution of #IT #capability is no longer a threat”
  • trouxsoftware: Angela Yochem of Dell:  More IT groups wanting to act like product groups, with similar levels of quality, support..
  • mfoster2u: Angela Yochem…customer expectations and appetites are evolving.  IT needs ambitious transformations to meet biz demands
  • toddbiske: @AngelaYochem suggests seeing how the #entarch team would respond to a significant biz change on April 1 as a readiness exercise
  • bmichelson: Challenge from @AngelaYochem: Exercise EA minds. What if bank bought an airline? What are your capabilities? Can you repackage?
  • aleksb6: @toddbiske @bmichelson some could argue that for the large number of #entarch teams, every day feels like either Apr 1 or Feb 2
  • bmichelson: . @AngelaYochem “We must be able to shift with changing/emerging business models.” <– why i promote #changefriendly  #entarch
  • toddbiske: @AngelaYochem “Many IT shops are not in a position to support business transformation”
  • coreycorrick: Success factors to position IT for business transformation are infrastructure simplification and application rationalization
  • mfoster2u: Continued demand on flat IT budgets, continued “keeping the lights on” budget, and meet biz demand,reducing IT complexity a must
  • toddbiske: @AngelaYochem: Cultural shifts- break reliance on f2f interaction, SMEs, additional funding, and the notion of ownership
  • mfoster2u: @angelayochem Cultural shift – break reliance on f2f, SMEs, additional funding.
  • mikejwalker: @angelayochem For EA to be agile we need to break the reliance face 2 face communications and rely on mobility, IM…
  • bmichelson: . @AngelaYochem “Consider the cultural shifts of agile org.  We can’t optimize enterprise architecture on F2F interactions.”
  • bmichelson: another: “Invest in business accelerating capabilities: business architecture, acceleration teams, strong tools” – @AngelaYochem
  • aleksb6: @AngelaYochem at #troux2011: “Invest in #bizarch acceleration teams to help with unforeseen challenges & fund them out of baseline”
  • russn: Dell’s business acceleration team sounds interesting – would like to hear more about it.
  • toddbiske: @AngelaYochem: actively manage your own capabilities and career as you do your IT shop.
  • aleksb6: @AngelaYochem at #troux2011 – “invest into strong tool sets in order to facilitate faster impact analysis”
  • mikejwalker: Completely agree with @angelayochem on the need for continued investment in business architecture
  • mfoster2u: It’s time to get uncomfortable and get excited about new opportunities that the evolving IT biz landscape demands
  • bmichelson: @ Troux Worldwide: @AngelaYochem – Great Expectations: Ready to Move the Dial in the New IT Landscape? http://bit.ly/gy44mC
  • aleksb6: @AngelaYochem at #Troux2011: “Any #CIO that has been successful at enabling and/or leading business transformation is  big #entarch fan”
  • coreycorrick: Angela Yochem’s presentation on business transformation was great
  • bmichelson: Hey, how about “Business Change Accelerator” instead of “enterprise architect”? Inspired by @AngelaYochem’s talk at #troux2011

  • aleksb6: Rick Reese at #Troux2011:  “If #entarch doesn’t have right information at hand when Biz needs to make a decision, it will become irrelevant”
  • toddbiske: Rick Reese, VP of #entarch at Discover, had his team try to build credibility through their IT metadata
  • mikejwalker: Discover Card applies LEAN principles to ARB
  • aleksb6: Rick Reese at #Troux2011:  “establish credibility through metadata – be the one source of decision support information for biz”
  • mikejwalker: “Until you have a common vocabulary and taxonomy you have no where to go…”  in  #entarch – Discover Card
  • bmichelson: why, oh why are there application, program module & platform type entities in a business architecture metamodel? >strongly agree
  • aleksb6: @bmichelson because that is the vocabulary that is understood inside of that org.. no sense trying to teach ev1 new language
  • aleksb6: Rick Reese at #troux2011:  “Derive a #bizarch reference model from your metadata and map goals of officers to the model” #incentives
  • mikejwalker: Very Clever, understanding incentives -> pull goals of people in the org to map solutions to be relevant
  • DeclanKenny: “include exec performance goals in #entarch metadata” – Richard Reese. Now, that will drive adoption.
  • aleksb6: Rick Reese of DFS at #Troux2011:  “#bizarch reduces requirements definition phase by 30%”
  • BobScheier: Rick Reese: If you don’t have information at hand when the business is ready to make a decision, you’ll be irrelevant..
  • mikejwalker: Agree -> RT @bmichelson: why, oh why are there app, program module & platform type entities in a #bizarch metamodel?
  • aleksb6: Rick Reese of DFS at #Troux2011:  “partner w Audit/RIsk and Finance to tie them into your #entarch #ARB process”
  • toddbiske: Rick Reese echoes comments of a speaker yesterday who said to make finance/procurement a friend of #entarch.
  • coreycorrick: Looking forward to implementing Troux Standards to move off some homegrown ARB tools
  • mfoster2u: Rick Reese-$500k in realized savings gettin visibility to architecture. 30% reduction in req phase of projects.ROI with #entarch
  • mikejwalker: Leverage before you Invent -> Discover adopted TOGAF to inherit a common vocabulary and repeatable method  #opengroup
  • aleksb6: Rick Reese of DFS at #Troux2011:  “Initiate an #entarch value log – capture cost avoidance along with other traditional measures”
  • mfoster2u: Credibility of your EA init comes through VALUE CREATION. Understand the biz need,focus EA efforts, create biz value #entarch
  • mikejwalker: Rick Reese “EA is about Strategy and Prevention” <- maybe for the finance industry but for others it will vary
  • trouxsoftware: New blog post: Good Vibes and “Love” for Fast EA Results at Troux Conference http://t.co/TyzkFpp
  • coreycorrick: Need strong metrics to show value of EA strategy efforts
  • aleksb6: Rick Reese of DFS at #troux2011:  “What are you going to bring to the table when you get that seat – collect facts and metrics”
  • mikejwalker: Rick Reese – set EA strategy through metrics and facts  <- key here is to begin with business driven metrics
  • mfoster2u: It’s not just creating value with EA.  You have to market your success. Its not one moment/one preso. Its continuous.
  • toddbiske: Troux 2011: Delivering Business Value with Enterprise Architecture http://bit.ly/gW6RoY
  • RamilX: @bmichelson At some point the detail that supports the biz arch is useful to understand gaps, costs, risks, etc
  • mfoster2u: Such important session starting now at Troux Worldwide Conference.  “Building the Biz Case for EA”.
  • bmichelson: @RamilX agreed. but, should be shown as relationships to the business architecture, not part of it. Nit-picky, I know.
  • mfoster2u: How do you bridge awareness of EA needs and getting commitment of EA?
  • coreycorrick: Implementing EA disciplines requires a “lifestyle change”, like dieting and exercise. Lifestyle changes are never easy, though.
  • mfoster2u: Got to have an ROI strategy to validate funding for your EA initiatives.
  • BobScheier: Sean Dwyer: Proof of concept with PowerPoint, Vizio, etc. helped show value of EA and pave way for funding for Troux..
  • toddbiske: Troux 2011: Building the Business Case for EA http://bit.ly/dQ7qtb

  • BobScheier: Chuck Keffer: Risk and cost, but also value, are all highest in the transformative  phase of an EA project..
  • davidcbaker: Chuck Keffer of Troux at #troux2011 – build your EA effort one program / service at a time – wise words.
  • pbmobi: @bmichelson Enterprise Architect = Business Change Accelerator => contradictio in terminis for most business people
  • toddbiske: I really liked that Sean is leveraging a change mgmt communications expert in their rollout.
  • coreycorrick: I find it funny that we cannot even define an “application”. Shows the immaturity of IT and EA discipline. BNSF has same problem.
  • aleksb6: @coreycorrick noun definitions are context and stakeholder specific. verbs are not, which is why #capability models are stable
  • bmichelson: @ Troux Worldwide Conference: Customer Panel – Building the Business Case For EA : Elemental Links http://bit.ly/eJXTtq
  • toddbiske: @coreycorrick there’s a difference in defining it for conversation versus for data collection and analysis
  • toddbiske: Troux 2011: Up Leveling Your EA Practice, Program by Program  http://bit.ly/fQMp6V

  • mikejwalker: USAA “we made a rule, we will not show our [IT] models to the biz” <- show relevant biz info in their language
  • mikejwalker: USAA “EA is the headlights of the company”
  • mikejwalker: Kudos to USAA on being able to separate EA & Strategy from IT Architecture. They are getting it right!
  • trouxsoftware: Michael Pemberton, USAA: EA group is called Transformation and Integration. Interesting rebranding..
  • tetradian: @trouxsoftware #entarch as ‘Business Transformation’ etc – most of our successful EA efforts have used this ‘rebranding’
  • mfoster2u: Great lunch with my energy industry clients. Focused value-based project kicking off in April across our 3 main apps.
  • aleksb6: Reinventing the wheel at USAA:  biz likes visualizations, not the hierarchy models normally produced by IT
  • mikejwalker: USAA “Business doesn’t care about hierarchy or taxonomy” <- use consumable biz oriented visualizations or analytics
  • aleksb6: USAA at #troux2011: “If you show business your model, you deserve whatever you get” <- keep the proof to yourself!   http://bit.ly/bF4Vbl
  • toddbiske: Troux 2011: Journey to the Business Side of Enterprise Architecture at USAA http://bit.ly/dXelRW

  • coreycorrick: Boeing has a lot of applications and has to keep them viable for long lifetime (40+ yrs). Amazing, but difficult.
  • coreycorrick: Interested in learning more about Troux Information.  The solution sounds valuable in addressing problems early.

  • bmichelson: Tom Philbin, Dell, message to #entarch Reduce complexity, optimize IT delivery, improve operational performance (ROI)
  • bmichelson: Tom Philbin: Dell has standardized on IASA’s skills framework for enterprise architects – http://bit.ly/gLD4U1
  • bmichelson: Troux plays central role in Dell’s architecture, do use other tools around it
  • trouxsoftware: Sandy McCoy: EA is thankless job, you need EA to know when your team having a bad day and support them..
  • trouxsoftware: Eric Christian: Easier to teach a business person the technology than vice versa, when choosing an EA team..
  • bmichelson: Had a nice chat w/Dave Hood, CEO of Troux on essentialness of enterprise architecture in sustainable business success
  • bmichelson: Dave Hood said “It is time for enterprise architects to double-down…pick cannot fail projects, demonstrate #entarch value”
  • trouxsoftware:. Sandy McCoy: Kaiser using #Troux to shift  to more granular ICD-10 medical codes. Which apps generate, use which codes?
  • toddbiske: Troux 2011: Leaders Perspective: Great Conductors http://bit.ly/gXtGmi
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