Government procurement – designed to fail

This is what happens in real life: Somebody in government, either a public sector manager or a politician, has a “Good Idea” it might be a goal to achieve or a problem to solve. Let’s take a transport payment system as an example and call it a Teecard. It was claimed Teecard It will replace all existing payment/ticketing mechanisms and Continue reading Government procurement – designed to fail

“Twelve reasons government projects fail” in iTNews

My view is that a good business case would avoid most of the subsequent problems. The rest would be resolved by competent technical leadership – i.e.a good architect. brd. Here’s the iTNews Report Outgoing auditor-general shares his wisdom. When it comes to troubled IT projects in the NSW public sector, few people can claim the same level of expertise as Continue reading “Twelve reasons government projects fail” in iTNews

That dangerous word “complexity”

This was posted to the LinkedIn Enterprise Architecture forum Complexity and Enterprise architecture Jacco Roest Intern graduate at Deloitte Consulting Recently, I have read the book ‘From complexity to simplicity’ of Collinson & Jay, a very interesting book. Do you also think that the enterprise architecture is the tool to counter business complexity in order to improve business performance? I Continue reading That dangerous word “complexity”

Comparing the PCEHR to railway tracks.

This quote was taken from David More’s Australian Health IT blog, referring to the Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR) “Think of it as a railway, put down the sleepers and the tracks, and lo! the train has something to travel upon.” Link to the full comment This was my response: Let’s look at that simplistic statement. Sleepers and tracks are Continue reading Comparing the PCEHR to railway tracks.

First Australian Enterprise Architecture Conference. My paper did not make the cut.

The First Australian Enterprise Architecture Conference is scheduled for 19/20 November 2013  Details are here: http://www.ea-conference.com.au/ I submitted my paper: Beyond the Zachman Framework: Problem-oriented System Architecture published in the IBM Journal of Research and Development, Volume 56, Issue 5, September/October 2012 (available here) Not surprisingly, it was not accepted. I say not surprisingly, because the headline speaker is John Zachman Continue reading First Australian Enterprise Architecture Conference. My paper did not make the cut.

TOGAF certification is not the same as IT architect certification

A news report on ZDNet says TOGAF 9 certification reaches 25,000 milestone http://www.zdnet.com/togaf-9-certification-reaches-25000-milestone-7000020193/#! Summary: The open group has reached a significant milestone in its certification program for enterprise architects. The statement “certification program for enterprise architects” can be misleading Just to clarify: TOGAF certification is in a framework. You take the course and get a nice bit of paper. All Continue reading TOGAF certification is not the same as IT architect certification

The fox, the hedgehog and the architect.

There are lots of tales built round stories of the fox and the hedgehog. The one that is most relevant to that of architects can be summarised as: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing” Another, somewhat less relevant interpretation is “the fox is a jack of all trades, the hedgehog is the master of Continue reading The fox, the hedgehog and the architect.