Architecting IT in the cloud era

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Don Sheppard.

Recently I’ve been thinking about the relationships among emerging technologies, especially how the various ecosystems fit together. The list of technologies can be lengthy – social networks for people, wireless networks for mobile devices, systems for big data and analytics, hybrid cloud computing, IoT (in various flavours) and various applications of blockchain.

These are the building blocks of a truly major disruption in how IT is developed, deployed and operated. But do we have an appropriate architecture for what we’re building? In my opinion, few if any of the next-generation technologies have been the result of a structured architecture or an architecting process. Furthermore, traditional approaches to enterprise architecture do not seem to fit very well with today’s open source vendor-driven services...

With the drive for agility, adaptability and continuous delivery, do we even have time for architectural planning, especially when the products and services are hyped so much and changing so rapidly?...

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