37 Things One Architect Knows About IT Transformation
Last updated on 2020-01-25
About the Book
This book shows architects and technology leaders how to take an active role in enterprise IT transformation by combining organization, technical, and communication skills.
Many large enterprises are feeling pressure from the rapid digitalization of the world: digital disruptors attack unexpectedly with brand-new business models; the "FaceBook generation" has dramatically different user expectations; and a whole slew of new technologies has become available to everyone with a credit card. This is tough stuff for enterprises that have been, and still are, very successful, but are built around traditional technology and organizational structures. "Turning the tanker", as the need to transform is often described, has become a board room-level topic in many traditional enterprises. Not as easily done as said.
Chief IT Architects and CTOs play a key role in such a digital transformation endeavor. They combine the technical, communication, and organizational skill to understand how a tech stack refresh can actually benefit the business, what "being agile" and "DevOps" really mean, and what technology infrastructure is needed to assure quality while moving faster. Their job is not an easy one, though: they must maneuver in an organization where IT is often still seen as a cost center, where operations means "run" as opposed to "change", and where middle-aged middle-management has become cozy neither understanding the business strategy nor the underlying technology. It's no surprise then that IT architects have become some of the most sought-after IT professionals around the globe.
This book supports IT architects with the skills necessary to become effective not just in systems architecture, but also in shaping and driving the necessary transformation of large-scale IT departments. In today’s world, technical transformation and organizational transformation have become inseparable.
Organized into 37 episodes, this book explains:
- The role and qualities of an architect in a large enterprise
- Architecture at enterprise scale
- Communicating to a variety of stakeholders
- Understanding organizational structures and systems
- Transforming traditional organizations
Armed with these insights, architects and CTOs will be able to ride the Architect Elevator up and down the organization to instill lasting change.
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Global Head of Architecture and Service Design, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Great architects have battle scars and stories to tell. 37 Things reveals a journey that gives character to Gregor’s battle scars and demonstrates how to achieve architecture awesomeness.
Chief Data Officer, Bloomberg LP
As a business executive and former CTO, this is an enjoyably readable description of an IT Chief Architect’s role and practical methods of influence. I recommend this book to any technical staff aspiring to become Chief Architect or CTO.
Lead Analyst IT at Equinor
Gregor shares his hard-learned lessons about enterprise IT using a witty pen. 37 Things has the potential to become a classic for those who need to understand the forces surrounding the IT function in large enterprises. It deserves to be read by an audience far larger than those working on the inside of IT.
- About this Book
- Fifty Shades of IT
- The Architect Elevator
- Movie Star Architects
- Enterprise Architect or Architect in the Enterprise?
- An Architect Stands on Three Legs
- Making Decisions
- Question Everything
- Your Coffee Shop Does Not Use 2-Phase Commit
- Is this Architecture?
- Every System is Perfect…
- Code Fear Not!
- If You Never Kill Anything, You Will Live Among Zombies
- The IT World is Flat
- Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job
- If Software Eats the World, Better Use Version Control!
- Explaining Stuff
- Writing for Busy People
- Emphasis over Completeness
- Show the Kids the Pirate Ship!
- Sketching Bank Robbers
- Diagram-Driven Design
- Drawing the Line
- Control is an Illusion
- They don’t build’em quite like that anymore
- Black Markets Are Not Efficient
- Scaling an Organization
- Slow Chaos is not Order
- Governance Through Inception
- No Pain, no Change!
- Leading Change
- Economies of Speed
- The Infinite Loop
- You can’t fake IT
- Money can’t buy Love
- Who Likes Standing in Line?
- Thinking in Four Dimensions
Architecting IT Transformation
- All I Have to Offer Is the Truth
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