Real-life IT Transformation

Real life writes the best stories. This blog documents my observations from riding the architect elevator up and down Enterprise IT.

I tend to write about IT Strategy, Architecture, and Cloud Computing. Choose from one of the categories below.

Architecture

Failure doesn’t respect abstraction.

The key mechanism to tackle ever increasing complexity is abstraction, such as frameworks or interfaces. Some things, however, can’t be abstracted away.

Here’s why enterprise IT is so complex

Enterprise IT is routinely plagued by excessive complexity. It’s almost like it’s subject to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which concludes that the entropy in a system can never decrease.

Architecture: Selling Options

How do you explain the value of architecture to business stakeholders? Deferring to the Nobel-prize winning economists Black and Scholes can work surprisingly well.

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Transformation

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Strategy

Don’t make your customers play Takeshi’s Castle

When buying a software or hardware product for your enterprise, the future product roadmap is as much a consideration as the current product state. However, this is where some vendors play games with their customers.

Don’t Outsource Thinking

Enterprise IT generally follows a “buy over build” strategy because in most cases it yields lower risk and better economics than doing it yourself. But there are a few things that you should keep to yourself.

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Cloud

Why run software you didn’t build?

A lot of modern cloud technology leverages containers. However, a non-trivial portion of enterprise applications don’t run easily in containers. The answer to this conundrum lies in taking a step back and asking a more fundamental questi...

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