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November 2010 Volume 5

Why an enterprise application architecture strategy is still needed

This must be my season for enterprise application architecture. To be honest, I have not even thought about application architecture for a long time. But in the past few weeks, I have been confronted by three separate application-architecture situations. The Real Niel Niel Nickolaisen In the first, I was having lunch with one of my IT gurus. This guru is typically on the forefront of the next wave in IT, and so I like to get together with him every so often and pick his brain. As we were discussing the looming anytime, anywhere nature of IT, he leaned back in his chair, looked at the ceiling and asked, "Do we really even need to talk or think about enterprise application architecture anymore? It seems that we have outgrown it." He then returned to our conversation about anytime, anywhere IT, and I kind of blew off his comments about enterprise application architecture being passé. A week later, I got a call from one of my CIO friends. Her company recently completed a global implementation of ERP. The rationale for the project ...

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