Letter: Engage managers, big vendors as much as CXOs in architecture programs

Regarding "New method weds enterprise architecture, acquisition," a reader writes: This has tremendous potential. Here are the problems I see in the approach discussed. Participation is fed- heavy. If you want to smarten up the acquisition process you need to engage the bigger vendors
who sell lots to the fed and who have centralized and commoditized their internal processes. Keep in mind hardware and services vending are nearly two different lines of business.

Next problem: Participation is CIO and CTO heavy. This is where EA fails in general. The last thing
you need are Peter-Principled techies driving the train. It's all about the mission, the business, and processes. Ultimately, it's about data requirements and standardization. It is only about hardware and technology in the background. Success will require engaging leaders and hands-on operational managers. Good luck with that!

I look forward to seeing the [request for information].  But I smell a flawed approach.

Anonymous

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