Managing Modern IT Landscapes: A CEO’s Perspective

Managing Modern IT Landscapes: A CEO’s Perspective

Companies are emerging from COVID-19 with clear understandings that digital transformation can only be achieved in constant increments — not via one-time change initiatives. For Enterprise Architects (EAs) in multi-tiered organisations, this means monitoring a great variety of architectural tasks with alternating degrees of complexity. It also means collaborating with various stakeholders and joint decision-making based on data-driven insights.

EAs have always provided holistic overviews of the application portfolio for their CIOs. However, as the adoption of cloud native technologies accelerates, with the right tooling, they are also in a superb position to facilitate comprehensive overviews with different levels of detail to align broader audiences of business and IT functions.

Product IT and Corporate IT converge during continuous transformation journeys when solutions are built in-house, hosted in the cloud, and bought via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Identifying which applications and the underlying tech stack support specific business capabilities and products is a prerequisite for helping Cloud Centers of Excellence and platform teams perform governance across decentralised technology landscapes.

Further, deciding which software should be bought instead of built helps CFOs and CTOs allocate resources more efficiently while guiding innovation. Creating visibility into dispersed microservice landscapes also allows engineering leaders to develop reliable software by identifying synergies across hybrid environments and tracking dependencies (a topic recently discussed by Donovon Simpson from OneMain Financial). Today’s tools require automation and integrations to company-wide services to act as a single source of truth for teams of architects, engineers, and business leaders.

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