The Transformation Architect

Connecting penthouse and engine room

Modern architects align organization and technology, reduce friction, and chart transformation journeys. In addition to working with UML and architecture styles, such architects ride the Architect Elevator from the penthouse, where the business strategy is set, to the engine room, where the enabling technologies are implemented. They shun popular buzzwords in favor of a clear strategy defined by conscious decision making.

This site helps architects and IT leaders be successful in this new role based on my experience working for digital disruptors and leading transformations in traditional enterprise IT.

Architecting IT Transformation

Many large enterprises are feeling pressure from digital disruptors who serve users’ increased expectations with innovative business models and little legacy. Competing in such an environment remains a massive challenge for enterprises that rely on traditional technology and organizational structures to be successful.

Architects and CTOs play a critical role in transforming such organizations. They combine the technical, communication, and organizational skills to derive business value from a tech stack refresh and are able to bust common disbelieves that increased velocity compromises quality and security.


These books prepare you for a more exciting role as IT architect or decision maker:

Book: The Software Architect Elevator Book: Cloud Strategy Book: 37 Things One Architect Knows


Architect Elevator Talk

My Architect Elevator Talk tells (almost) the whole story in just 50 minutes! Here’s the playlist of my talks.

Or listen to my Podcast with Neal Ford where we juggle metaphors to describe the role of architects and architecture (also via Google Podcasts).

I discuss Cloud Strategy on the AWS “Conversations with leaders” podcast that is available on Spotify or Google Podcasts.


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Back from the engine room


Architects dive deep to come back up with new insights. Here’s is what I brought back from the serverless cloud integration engine room.

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